Physician Investigator Research Award Program

This program supports Michigan physicians who seek to improve the quality, cost or access to health care for residents through pilot studies, feasibility studies or small research projects.

It offers up to $10,000 in funding.

The BCBSM Foundation is interested in innovative and evidence-based research grants that address urgent health issues, health inequities, social determinants of health and healthcare access, quality and cost.

How to apply

Potential grantees are required to submit a concept form (PDF) to foundation@bcbsm.com for feedback before submitting a full proposal. 

Concept papers should be submitted at least 60 days before the application deadlines listed below. It is through the concept paper submission process that we learn more about the goals of your program.

Senior Program Officers review concept papers throughout the year as the first step in the BCBSM Foundation grant process. If your organization is under consideration, you'll be asked to submit a full proposal. A Senior Program Officer will provide instructions on how to submit a proposal package. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be physicians based in Michigan.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees and their immediate family members are ineligible. Employees of any BCBSM affiliate and their immediate family members also are ineligible.

Deadline

We accept applications at any time. However, we review applications three times per year at our board meetings.

Deadline guidelines
Applications accepted until: Applications reviewed:
Feb. 5, 2021
April 21, 2021
April 14, 2021
July 21, 2021
Aug. 11, 2021 Nov. 17, 2021

We'll email applicants a funding decision within 10 business days of our board meetings.

Proposal requirements

A complete proposal includes:

A narrative (approximately 2,000-4,500 words) that include the following sections:

  • Background
  • Hypothesis(es)
  • Significance of research
  • Innovation of research
  • Research design and methods
  • Expected outcomes
  • Addressing health equity and social determinants of health
  • Addressing cost, quality, and access to healthcare
  • Conclusion

 Signed Terms and Conditions of the Grant

  • Detailed budget and budget justification documents, including:
    • Funds requested, anticipated or provided by other sources for the same or similar project proposes must be described in detail on an attached sheet and referenced in a cover letter. 
    • The Foundation does not pay for indirect costs with the exception of limited fringe benefits. The allowable fringe benefit expense may not exceed the lesser of 25 percent of the salary subtotal figure or the actual cost of the fringe benefits. Fringe benefits include health, person and/or medical benefits.
    • The following are not supported by this funding program: computer equipment, including hardware and software, unless they are directly related to the aim of the proposed project. Other costs that are ineligible include capital expenses.
    • Conference travel is limited to $1,000.
  • Project Timeline
  • If applicable, figures and tables
  • Biosketch/CV of the Principal Investigator(s) and other key personnel
  • If applicable, documentation that the proposed project has met institutional requirements for research involving human subjects