IP-X Questions and Answers

See below for clarifications and answers to frequently asked questions about the IP-X Research Stimulus grant program at the University of Michigan. Q/As were updated on May 30.

Q: Are you looking for any particular content areas in the application process? If so, are there any that will be considered of higher importance?
A: While some content areas have been identified in previous retreats (see first page of the application guidelines for each grant), other areas can be explored based on the interest of the faculty involved.

Q: If effort for the PI or Co-PI are concurrent with an existing role, would this be considered in-kind rather than cost-sharing?
This would be considered “in kind”, unless the individual was devoting significant time to the specific project.

Q: Do we need to go through internal U-M grant procedures before submitting our proposal?
A: The grant application requires that you get the signature of the dean, director, or department chair. We recommend that you check with your unit to determine whether internal review is needed before submission.

Q: Are you inviting applications around methods?
A: Research around methodology will be considered. An example would be investigating the process by which an interprofessional healthcare team provides effective care.

Q: How did you come up with the four different areas of interprofessional research, education, care and service, and policy (IPR, IPE, IPCS, IPP)?
A: These are the areas the health science deans recognized as the key paths through which health science schools engage in efforts to improve health outcomes and value.

Q: Is the grant limited to projects measuring health outcomes and value?
A: It is not limited to healthcare outcomes and value. It could examine the process of delivery value. For example, a project could examine the efficiency of care or cost effectiveness of an interprofessional care team vs. a traditional team.

Q: Should the proposal be more explicit than just three or four disciplines working together?
A: The key is to show that this collaborative effort is enhanced by the synergy of three or more separate disciplines working together.

Q: Does the proposal need to have students as research subjects?
A: Students can be included but are not necessary. Patients and/or health professionals can also be studied. While the research collaborators must be from at least three health science schools, the research subjects can be from one or two disciplines.

Q: With the NIH-review-style process, is there any provision for early-career investigators?
A: Early-career investigators will not be treated specifically as with the NIH process; however, this will be viewed through the examination of the investigative team’s credentials and ability to implement the project.

Q: Is it appropriate for a proposal to test the hypothesis that interprofessional treatment of ‘x’ or interprofessional education about ‘x’ would be more effective by some measure than single discipline treatment of ‘x’?
A: Yes. We would be most interested in research demonstrating that the intervention changed something for a patient or student population.

Q: Along with MCubedMichigan Experts was mentioned as a possible source for finding collaborators; does its search engine encompass all three schools (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint)?
A: No. While everyone has access to the engine, the list currently includes faculty located at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses

Q: Can there be collaborators outside of the University of Michigan?
A: Yes. Outsiders can include other academic or healthcare institutions, private industry, or community organizations. However, they cannot replace the faculty needed to represent the health science schools.

Q: We know that the guidelines prevent paying for faculty salary, but our proposal may be based on paying faculty honoraria for leading key symposium topics. Will that be allowed?
A: Yes, if the payment is not directed provided to member of the research team and is consistent with University standards. In addition, a case must be made that honoria are necessary to get faculty to participate.

Q: If faculty from Ann Arbor’s School of Nursing were to collaborate with faculty from Flint’s School of Nursing would it be considered two different collaborators?
A: Yes.

Q: When the materials state that the principal investigators must be from a U-M health science school, does this refer to the PI’s administrative home, or the tenured home?
A: Definition of faculty eligibility for the IP-X Research Stimulus is the location of the tenured or non-tenured home of the individual, especially in those cases where the administrative home is listed outside a school or college (e.g., institutes, centers or the health system).

Q: Which types (or classifications) of faculty are eligible to apply?
A: All faculty are eligible, including those on the tenure and research tracks. Note: grant applicants must secure Dean/Director/Chair level approval for their submission.

Q: If information about this funding is coming from the Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education, does that mean education should be the focus of grant applications?
A: The Michigan Center for Interprofessional Education is administering the IP-X Research Stimulus for the health science school deans. The stimulus is designed to support research on determining the ability of interprofessional education (IPE), interprofessional policy (IPP), interprofessional research (IPR), and interprofessional care & service (IPCS) to improve health outcomes and value…. tied to translational efforts in the delivery of clinical care, management of population health and prevention of disease.

Q: Will there be any consideration given to funding for projects that are a continuation of a previously funded grant? Or should projects be ones that have not had previous funding?
A: The evidence that your project has been previously funded, and this new grant will help you to move forward, will be looked upon favorably. This is one of the reasons we have Pilot Grants (for those who need funds to get things off of the ground) and Early Implementation Grants (for those who have already started something and this new funding will help them make a significant step forward).  

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