DxQI Seed Grant Program

A program to spur innovation in diagnostic quality and safety.
Application process opens in January 2020.

About the Project

Inaccurate or delayed diagnosis is the most common, catastrophic, and costly type of medical error. With funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has established the DxQI Seed Grant Program to engage healthcare organizations in efforts to identify, develop, and test interventions aimed at improving diagnostic quality and reducing harm from diagnostic error.

Over the course of four years, this program will enable SIDM to support a minimum of 60 sub-grantees to carry out 12-month diagnostic quality and safety improvement projects.

The application process for the inaugural year will open in January 2020, where 20 grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded.

Grantees will identify opportunities for improvement, develop potential interventions, evolve the interventions through small tests of change to increase their effectiveness, and build the level of evidence supporting the intervention’s effectiveness.

According to recent research from Johns Hopkins University, 34 percent of all malpractice cases that result in death or permanent disability are caused by diagnostic errors with 74% of such cases stemming from one of three sources: cancer (38%), vascular events (23%), and infection (13%), categories known as the “Big Three”. Applicants to the program will be asked to identify the emphasis of their interventions and at least 50 percent of selected projects will be focused on the “Big Three."

Organizations interested in the DxQI Seed Grant Program may sign up to receive notifications when the request for proposal is issued.