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Funding Opportunities

Diagnostic errors are the most common, catastrophic and costly of all causes of preventable medical harm. In fact, errors in diagnosis are the most frequent cause of medical error reported by patients.

With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has launched the DxQI Seed Grant Program to engage healthcare organizations in efforts to identify, develop, and test interventions aimed at improving diagnostic quality and reducing harm from diagnostic error.

SIDM is seeking proposals for grants to carry out 12-month diagnostic quality and safety improvement projects. Grantees will be asked to identify opportunities for improvement and potential interventions, evolve the interventions through small tests of change to increase their effectiveness, build the level of evidence supporting the intervention’s effectiveness, and, where appropriate, increase impact through further opportunities to “scale and spread” utilization.

“SIDM’s DxQI Seed Grant Program is designed to stimulate innovation in the field of diagnostic quality, an area where practice improvement activity is lagging,” said Paul Epner, CEO and co-founder of SIDM.“Through engaging health professionals and patients in developing and testing promising approaches, the program will lay the groundwork for a multitude of strategies to improve diagnostic quality and safety and unleash the creativity of the healthcare community.”

According to recent research from Johns Hopkins University, 34 percent of all malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability are caused by diagnostic errors with 74% of such cases stemming from one of three sources: cancer (38%), acute vascular events (23%), and infection (13%), collectively described as the “Big Three.”

Approximately 20 grantees will be awarded up to $50,000 for their QI projects. Applicants to the program will be asked to identify the emphasis of their interventions and at approximately 50 percent of selected proposals will be focused on the “Big Three.” Twenty percent of selected proposals will focus on disparities - how and when the visible factors of age, race/ethnicity, and/or sex, as well as other social determinants of health, influence the risk of diagnostic error. The remaining grants will be awarded in an open category. SIDM will build a DxQI online community to support shared learning across sites and to receive real-time counsel from an Improvement Advisor.

Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in a webinar on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 12:00pm EST. Questions submitted in by noon EST on February 20 will be given priority on the call.

Review the RFP, FAQs , and program requirements at

Additional questions? Please contact [email protected]