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Innovations Pilot Grant

Northwestern Simulation and the Feinberg Department of Medical Education sponsor an Innovations Pilot Grant on a semi-annual basis. This grant provides individual or group recipients the opportunity to develop a single, small proof-of-concept physical model (no virtual reality) worth up to $1,000 of lab services within the six-month grant time period.

In conjunction with our mission to improve cognitive, technical and professional skills of healthcare providers, we provide this grant to engage faculty by supporting research and educational needs.


All students and faculty members at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine are eligible to apply; student applications require a faculty sponsor.


This grant is currently on hold.  Stay tuned for 2024 deadlines.

Information for previous submission information can be found here.

 Proposal Requirements

A completed proposal should contain the following (no more than 1,000 words):

  1.  A narrative describing the proposed project that answers the following questions:
    • Why is there a need for this project?
    • What will the new model be used for?
    • What are the expected outcomes?
  2. An assessment plan outlining how you will determine whether the desired outcomes have been met.


Proposal materials should be submitted electronically as one package with the title "Innovations Pilot Proposal - [Your Last Name]" to Materials that are not submitted correctly and/or are over the word limit will not be reviewed.

Questions about the program and inquiries about specific projects may be directed to Ellie O’Brien, innovations design engineer.

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