2021 Pilot Grants

Hopkins Business of Health Initiative
Pilot Grant Program 2021
Request for Proposals

The Hopkins Business of Health Initiative (HBHI) requests proposals for pilot projects on research topics that aim to improve the productivity of the nation’s health system. Our annual $100,000 pilot program issues 5-7 awards up to $20,000. Applications due on November 1, 2021.

THE HOPKINS BUSINESS OF HEALTH INITIATIVE (HBHI) unites the Carey Business School, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine around a shared vision of a healthier America, supported by an affordable and equitable, high-value health system.

Our pilot grant program seeks to advance to HBHI mission to incubate, accelerate, and disseminate impactful, world-class, collaborative research across the Divisions of Johns Hopkins University that aims to improve the productivity of the nation’s health system. We request pilot proposals that incubate or accelerate collaborative research within the domains of at least one of the HBHI strategic pillars (1) market competition and healthcare policy; (2) health delivery performance; (3) health of populations and health equity: and (4) innovation – health technology and systems.

HBHI Strategic Pillars

Market competition and healthcare policy:
Competition among and between insurers, providers, and suppliers relate to prices, access, quality and equity and is affected by health care policy. Our work seeks to understand these interrelationships as drivers of the productivity of the nation’s health system.

Health delivery performance:
How can firms and workers that operate within the health sector deliver the most health for the costs they incur? This includes the study of management, operations, waste, and workforce optimization and the role of policy and payment in shaping the incentives that reward value and performance.

Health of populations and health equity:
We focus on advancing the productivity of the nation’s health system through the health of communities, addressing social determinants and inequity, public health, and healthy behavior.

Innovation – health technology and systems:
Healthcare markets, health organizations, and health of populations can benefit from effective and cost-effective innovation. We focus on how health technology innovation and innovative systems of care can best advance the productivity of the nation’s health system.

With so many opportunities for novel research from newly available datasets in the health space, HBHI has established a Data Enclave to facilitate these new opportunities. For more info on the Medicare Advantage Data Lab CLICK HERE and for Health Care Provider Data Sources CLICK HERE. We encourage pilot projects that take advantage of the resources we are building at HBHI.

ELIGIBILITY Faculty from any division or School across Johns Hopkins University are eligible to apply.

Successful applications will be scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Impact. The significance of the problem and the potential for new insights advancing health and/or health services.
  2. Topic. The degree to which the topic of the proposal is consistent with HBHI strategic pillars. Please see description of HBHI on the last page for how HBHI plans to prioritize a focus on the business of health.
  3. Data Enclave. Proposals leveraging HBHI’s new data enclave or HBHI data products will receive a .5 bonus score.
  4. Investigators. The qualifications of the investigators. Multidisciplinary teams are preferred, but not required; these teams may be formed within a school, between schools, or may involve partners external to Hopkins.
  5. Methods. The appropriateness and methodological rigor of the scientific plan.
  6. Future potential. The likelihood successful completion of this pilot project would lead to external funding and/or a larger research program that would support the development of the collaborative and innovative HBHI community. Please indicate if proposal includes data or other resources that could be leveraged by others at HBHI.


Nov 1 – Application deadline
Dec 1 – Award Announcements
Jan 1 – Project start date
Winter 2022 – HBHI Retreat – Grantees will present their research ideas and get feedback from the broader HBHI community
Dec 2023 – Grantees will present final results to HBHI community

APPLICATION – Please submit proposals to Jamey MH Longden jhollow9@jhu.edu with subject line “HBHI Pilot Proposal”. Proposals should be a combined pdf electronic version of the following proposal elements:

  1. Project Description (up to two pages, single-spaced, 11-point font minimum) which contains the following information:
    a. statement of the project’s specific aims, significance, and impact
    b. description of the research plan and methodologies to be employed including discussion of how the data and how key variables will be measured and analyzed
    c. Future next steps – ideally a plan for external funding or implementation of a program or intervention
  2. Project Budget – clearly describe and justify the specific items to be funded by the grant (not to exceed one page). Formal budget and application approvals will be required after proposal is selected. Indirect costs are not permitted. Funds are intended to support research assistants, data acquisition, and survey costs. Faculty salary support is permitted, but not preferred. Timeline limited to 12 months.
  3. Biosketches or CVs for the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators