The Picker Institute has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for its new Always Events™ (AE) Challenge Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to provide matching grants that will support the development and implementation of innovative projects designed to demonstrate how the Always Events™ concept can be implemented in practice. Always Events™ are defined as “those aspects of the patient and family experience that should always occur when patients interact with health care professionals and the delivery system.” The overall intent of the demonstration projects is to encourage development and adoption of strategies, programs, and processes for achieving selected Always Events™ that can be replicated across a variety of healthcare delivery settings, and thus contribute to widespread improvements in patient- and family-centered care.
Picker Institute expects to fund up to 12 deserving proposals in the amount of up to $50,000 per grant for a period of one year. All awards will be made on a matching grant basis. A Letter of Intent (LOI) in response to the RFP is due by November 8, 2010. Applicants who pass the LOI evaluation process will be invited to submit a full proposal, due on or before January 17, 2011. AE Challenge Grant awards will be announced on March 7, 2011.