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NP3 Seed Grants

The Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) awards seed grants each year to Northwestern University scientists and their partner primary care clinicians and practices. The partnerships should be working in a research area of interest or on a specific study that addresses an issue of importance to primary care. 

See seed grant program goals, upcoming and active funding opportunities, and previous years’ grantees below.

Download the 2021 request for proposals (PDF).

 2021 Request for Proposals and Important Dates

The 2021 seed grant request for proposals (RFP) is now active. Application timeline is below. Application details will be made available upon discussion with NP3/PPRG.

Download the 2021 request for proposals.

February 12, 2021

Deadline for discussion with NP3

March 17, 2021

Final application due

May 2021

Funding decisions communicated

June 2021

Funds released

 Seed Grant Program Goals

The NP3 Seed Grant Program aims to:

  • Increase primary care-academic partnerships that are prepared to collaborate in the design and conduct of primary care research
  • Foster the development of practice-based proposals for external funding
  • Support the preparatory steps that lead to dissemination and implementation of research findings in community practice settings

 Requirements to Apply

Proposals must focus on one of the categories below:

  • Practice-Based Research Collaboration: Intended to support development of new collaborative research projects and/or the transfer/spread of evidence-based findings or best practices to primary care practices (up to $25,000 per award, project length up to 12 months)
  • Practice-Based Research Partnership Development: Intended to support development or expansion of partnerships between scientists and primary care clinicians working toward future research collaborations (up to $10,000 per award, project length up to 12 months)

Possible activities are provided in the full funding announcement (PDF)

 2021 Seed Grant Recipients

The Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) is excited to formally announce the four 2021 Practice-Based Research Seed Grant Program awardees. The NP3 seed grant program supports research partnership development and collaboration between community-based primary care practices and academic researchers.

These one year awards, totaling $100,000, are generously supported by the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), the Center for Community Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. We thank these groups for their continued dedication to practice-based research.  

The 2021 seed grant recipients are below (alphabetical, by project title). Abstracts for each project are available here.

 

Email us at np3@northwestern.edu to learn more about practice-based research.

 2020 Seed Grant Recipients

The Northwestern Primary Care Practice-Based Research Program (NP3) is excited to formally announce the 2020 Practice-Based Research Seed Grant awards. The NP3 seed grant program supports research partnership development and collaboration between community-based primary care practices and academic researchers.

These one year awards, totaling $85,000 in 2020, were generously supported by the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), the Center for Community Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. We thank these groups for their continued dedication to practice-based research.  

The 2020 seed grant recipients are below. Abstracts for each project are available here.

 

Email us at NP3@northwestern.edu to learn more about practice-based research.

 

 Practice-Based Research Program Seed Grant Recipients (2008-2017)

Between 2008 and 2017, the Practice-Based Research Program (PBRP made up of REACH – adult-focused, and PPRG – pediatric-focused) awarded seed grants in support of research partnership development and collaboration between community-based primary care practices and academic researchers. In 2019, we rebranded the PBRB as NP3. PBRP awards from 2008-2017 include:

2017

  • Behavioral Health and Other Pediatric Chronic Conditions in Primary Care Practice (PPRG)
    Community PI: Laurie Hochberg, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Academic PI: Kristin Kan, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Building Partnerships to Expand Access to Technology-Enabled Mental Health Services (REACH)
    Community PI: Jeffrey Rado, Northwestern Medicine
    Academic PI: Emily Lattie, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Clinical management of Moderate-Severe Atopic Dermatitis in 0-2 year Olds by Community Based Pediatricians (PPRG)
    Community PI: Jonathan Necheles, Children’s Healthcare Associates
    Academic PI: Anna Fishbein, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

 

2015

  • Hypertension in Premature Infants in the Pediatric Office (PPRG)
    Community PI: Ben Kornfeld, North Suburban Pediatrics
    Academic PI: Gal Finer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Exploring a Patient-Centered mHealth Approach to Identify Hospital and Emergency Department Use (REACH)
    Community PI: David Buchanan, Erie Family Health Centers
    Academic PI: David Liss, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

 

2013

  • Electronic Health Record Use and Usability in Primary Care (REACH)
    Community PI: David Buchanan, Erie Family Health Centers
    Academic PI: Enid Montague, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

 

2012

  • Utilization and Cost-Effectiveness of Transcutaneous Bilirubinometry in the Primary Care Setting (PPRG)
    Community PI: Nivedita Mohanty, Erie Family Health Centers
    Academic PI: Shannon Haymond, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Assessing FQHC Patient Perspectives on the Implementation of a Patient Portal (REACH)
    Community PIs: Tim Long, Near North Health, and Elizabeth McKnight, AllianceChicago 
    Academic PI: Theresa Walunas, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

 

2011

  • Improving Food Allergy Diagnoses and Treatment in Pediatric Clinics (PPRG)
    Community PI: Jonathan Necheles, Children’s Healthcare Associates
    Academic PI: Ruchi Gupta, Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Smartphone-Enhanced Behavioral Intervention to Improve Adherence to Physical Activity in Type 2 Diabetes (REACH)
    Community PI: Amisha Wallia, Northwestern Medicine
    Academic PI: Michael James Coons, Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Provider-Guided Optimizaton of EHRTools to Facilitate Evidence Based Obesity Management for Adults
    Community PI: Deborah Edberg, Erie Family Health Centers
    Academic PI: Bonnie Spring, Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine

 

2010

  • The Impact of a Community Health Center Peer Breastfeeding Counselor Intensive Support Program on Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Through 8 Weeks Postpartum (REACH)
    Community PI: Marge Altergott, PCC Community Wellness Center
    Academic PI: Maryann Mason

  • Deriving Standards for Specialty Care Referrals Among Primary Care Pediatrics (PPRG)
    Community PI: Gail Patrick, Erie Family Health Centers
    Academic PI: Thomas Halligan, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Pediatric Office-Based Hand Hygiene Education: A Prospective Study of Disease Prevention and Behavioral Modification (PPRG)
    Community PIs: Marge Altergott, PCC Community Wellness Center, and Barbara Bayldon, Lurie Children’s Pediatrics Uptown
    Academic PIs: Mary Groll and Megan McCarville, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

 

2009

  • Parent Influences on Eating Behaviors in Early Childhood (PPRG)
    Community PI: David Dobkin and Tim Geleske, North Arlington Pediatrics
    Academic PI: Kelly Lowry, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Clinician-driven optimization of an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) to promote adherence to guidelines for the identification and care of overweight and obese children (PPRG)
    Community PI: Sara Naureckas and Sue Haverkamp, Erie Family Health Centers
    Academic PI: Adolfo Ariza, Pediatric Practice Research Group, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Using an Ambulatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) as an Outreach Tool to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates for a Low Income Patient Population (REACH)
    Community PI: Bechara Choucair, Heartland Health Outreach
    Academic PI: Muriel Jean-Jacques, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine

 

2008

  • Post-Infectious Functional GI Disorders in Children (PPRG)
    PI: Miguel Saps, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

  • Doctor Communication and Parent Understanding (PPRG)
    Community PI: Mariana Glusman, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Academic PI: Barbara Bayldon, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

 

Contact Us

Contact Amanda Venables at amanda.venables@northwestern.edu to discuss your interest in seed funding or with any questions. For Pediatric Practice Research Program proposals, contact Adolfo Ariza at aariza@luriechildrens.org.

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