LDI Small Grants Program

Encouraging Cross-School Collaborations

LDI Small Grants Program

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) annually requests proposals for pilot research and working group grants during the Fall Semester in the broad category of health systems and health policy research. We seek proposals that investigate emerging medical, economic, social, and policy issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered. Funded proposals usually align with at least one of LDI’s priority areas: Aging, Access & Coverage, Vulnerable Populations, and Opioid Epidemic.


1. Stimulate innovative research ideas among the Penn community, 
2. Encourage the development of new collaborations between investigators of different backgrounds and disciplines, and 
3. Encourage cross-school collaborations.

The 2018 Awardees Are:

Senior Fellows
Information Gains versus Hassle Costs: How Do Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Reduce Opioid Prescribing?
Principal Investigator: Abby Alpert, PhD

Housing Affordability and Health Outcomes: a Longitudinal Study of Community Dwelling Older Adults in the U.S. from 2006-2016
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Brown, MD, MPH
Co-Investigators: Kira Ryskina, MD, MS; Norma Coe, PhD; Vincent Reina, PhD, MBA, MSc

Does access to gynecologic oncologists or medical oncologists affect outcomes for advanced gynecologic cancers? Impact of provider specialty on survival outcomes, health care utilization, and spending.
Principal Investigator: Emily Ko, MD, MSCR
Co-Investigators: Justin Bekelman, MD; Genevieve Kanter, PhD, MPhil

Opioid Initiation and Conversion to Persistent Use Related to Childbirth among Low-Income Young Philadelphia Mothers
Principal Investigator: Meredith Matone, DrPH, MHS
Co-Investigators: Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP; Genevieve Kanter, PhD, MPhil

Dialysis facility joint ventures: do resource utilization and health outcomes vary by ownership status of dialysis facilities?
Principal Investigator: Matthew McCoy, PhD
Co-Investigators: Genevieve Kanter, PhD, MPhil; Jeffrey Scott Berns, MD

Persuasion and Welfare in Physician-Industry Relations: Evidence from the Medical Device Industry
Principal Investigator: Ashley Swanson, PhD
Co-Investigators: Matthew Grennan, PhD

Associate Fellows
Trends in durable Ventricular Assist Device Implantation Rates with the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion
Principal Investigator: Sameed Khatana, MD
Co-Investigators: Peter Groeneveld, MD, MS; Edward W. Grandin, MD, MPH, MEd; J. Eduardo Rame MD, MPhil

Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Following Nonfatal Overdose
Principal Investigator: Austin Kilaru, MD
Co-Investigators: Elias Dayoub, MD MPP; Jeanmarie Perrone, MD; David Grande, MD MPA
Mentors: Zachary Meisel, MD MS; M. Kit Delgado, MD MS

Evaluating Nursing Home Compare 5-Star Ratings as an Indicator of Skilled Nursing Facility Quality for Veterans
Principal Investigator: Kirstin Manges, PhD
Co-Investigators: Ryan Greysen, MD, MHS, MA; Robert Burke, MD, MS, FHM

An Analysis of Healthcare Utilization Amongst Undocumented Patients, 2014-2018
Principal Investigator: Joseph Nwadiuko, MD, MPH
Co-Investigators: Sarah Polk MD, ScM, MHS

Examining Outcomes associated with Delivering Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction through a Mobile Medication Unit
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Stewart, PhD
Co-Investigators: David Mandell, ScD

Adverse Selection in the Individual Health Insurance Market
Principal Investigator: Hongyu (Karen) Zhang, MPH, MA
Co-Investigators: Mentor: Guy David, PhD

An archive of award winners can be accessed here.

The 2019 Call for Proposals will be posted September 2019. If you have questions about this program contact Gaëlle Beltran-Gremaud at gaelle@wharton.upenn.edu.