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When ready, please email your biographical sketch and research proposal to



Submission deadline:

Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

Notice of award:

January 8, 2020

Pilot project period:

January 15, 2021- July 15, 2022



Applicants must:

>  be affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Health System

 be involved in the care of seriously ill patients

>  be available to meet and correspond with the project team on a regular basis

 have completed residency training, for physicians


The PAIR Center will provide up to $75,000-worth of the following resources to pilot grant awardees:


>  Mentorship of a PAIR faculty member

    Study design and oversight

    Manuscript development

>  Research staff support

>  Study-related expenses


Submission instructions


Please email your documents to


Biographical sketch:

A brief biographical sketch (1 -2 paragraphs) detailing your background, training, and interests. You may submit an NIH-formatted biosketch instead.


Research Proposal:

The research proposal should be no longer than one single-spaced page, Arial size 11 font, and include the following sections:


>  Background (statement of the problem, its significance, and the impact of the knowledge to be gained)

>  Research question

>  Proposed approach (how will you answer this question? no need to include sample size calculations or analytic plan)



There is no need to submit a budget document. Successful proposals will be awarded budgets of up to $75,000. The budgets will be prepared by research administrators in the PAIR Center and reviewed with the investigator for his or her approval.


Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

>  Quality of research question

>  Feasibility in 18-month study period with budget of $75,000 or less

>  Potential impact of knowledge to be generated



Contact for more information

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chris jones

Improving the Quality and Frequency of Advance Care Planning Among Hospitalized Patients


Dr. Chris Jones, a palliative care physician, aimed to improve the quality and frequency of advance care planning among patients admitted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, leveraging the Our Care Wishes online platform, a low-cost, scalable tool built and tested by PAIR faculty in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team at Penn’s Center for Health Care Innovation




Study of Therapeutic Exercise in Acute Respiratory Failure to Improve Neuromuscular Disability (STAND)

Critical care physician Dr. William Schweickert, and critical care nurse strategist, Dr. Juliane Jablonski testED an early mobility intervention among mechanically ventilated patients in 14 ICUs across UPHS

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