COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Initiative

Award Announcement

We are pleased to announce that a COVID-19 rapid response grant initiative has been launched. Partners on the project include the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Michigan. Harnessing the collective expertise of these institutions, the COVID Decision Modeling Initiative will award 6-10 grants of up to $50,000 each to projects catalyzing innovation in COVID-19 response decision models for rapid uptake and impact.

In this unprecedented time of uncertainty and viral threat, decision making is challenging from the frontlines of health care to the highest levels of government around the globe. Fortunately, a host of techniques exist to weigh options under uncertainty. SMDM and its community have advanced these decision modeling techniques for over half a century with the goal of making better decisions for better health.

SMDM’s COVID-19 Modeling Special Committee led by Drs. Gillian Sanders Schmidler from Duke University and Kathy McDonald from Johns Hopkins University, along with the SMDM President Dr. Lisa Prosser from University of Michigan are actively assembling a knowledge base to connect the needs of diverse decisionmakers to evidence-based decision models which can inform timely response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Initiative builds on this work to deepen the connections, technical knowhow, and directed activity to inform clinical, health services delivery, and policy decision making related to COVID-19.

Applications for high impact decision modeling grants will be accepted starting May 18, 2020 through June 30, 2020 and award decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Further information and application instructions are available here:

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Nebiyu Mesfin Gedlu, MD

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