Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Community Health

Practice-Based Research Program Seed Grant Program

The Practice-Based Research Program (PBRP) fosters collaborative research between community-based practitioners and Northwestern University academic faculty. A program in the NUCATS and IPHAM Center for Community Health, it provides assistance and coordinates activities across Northwestern's two primary care practice based research networks: The Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG) and the Research and Education for Academic Achievement (REACH) Network.

The PBRP Seed Grant Program aims to:

2017 PBR Partnership Development Seed Grants

These Partnership Development grants are intended to support newly developing or expanding partnerships that create the foundation for future research or practice changes that are important to the delivery of primary care and health.  Partnerships may explore practice-based research strategies, patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), or other engaged research or improvement collaborations across the translational spectrum of research. Partnerships exploring health equity issues are encouraged.

Click here for the full Request for Applications.

Important Dates:

Deadline for discussing idea w/ PBR leadershipJune 30, 2017
Application deadlineJuly 21, 2017
Funding decisions communicatedAugust 23, 2017
Funds ReleasedSeptember 15, 2017

PBR 2015 Seed Grants Awardee

In the 2015 round of funding, the Practice-based Research Program (PBR) solicited proposals to support proposal/program development, dissemination, and partnership development. Each proposal was developed by a team of community clinicians and academic researchers from Northwestern.

Congratulations to Ben Kornfield, MD of North Surburban Pediatrics and Gal Finer, MD, PhD of the Department of Pediatrics, whose project, Hypertension in Premature Infants in the Pediatric Office, was selected for funding. Learn more about their project.

PBR Leadership Contacts:

Adolfo Ariza, MD:
Director of Pediatric Practice Research Group

Helen Binns, MD MPH:
Associate Director of PPRG

Erik Orelind, MD MPH:
Director of REACH PBRN

PBR is a program of the Center for Community Health serving Northwestern’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Science (NUCATS) Institute.

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PBR Leadership Team

Contact members of the leadership team throughout the grant development process for guidance.