A small grant funding program to promote innovation at an academic research hospital

A small grant funding program to promote innovation at an academic research hospital

Can J Surg 2015;58(5):294-295 | PDF

Kelsey Orrell, MD; Rosanna Yankanah, MSc; Elise Heon, MD; James G. Wright, MD

Summary

Innovation is important for the improvement of health care. A small grant innovation funding program was implemented by the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) for the Perioperative Services group, awarding relatively small funds (approximately $10 000) in order to stimulate innovation. Of 48 applications, 26 (54.2%) different innovation projects were funded for a total allocation of $227 870. This program demonstrated the ability of small grants to stimulate many applications with novel ideas, a wide range of innovations and reasonable academic productivity.


Accepted for publication Apr. 17, 2015

Affiliations: From the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland (Orrell); the Division of Orthopaedics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont., (Yankanah); and the Department of Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont. (Heon, Wright).

Funding: The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation.

Competing interests: None declared.

Contributors: All authors contributed substantially to the conception, writing and revision of this commentary and approved the final version for publication.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.001915

Correspondence to: J.G. Wright, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave. Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8; james.wright@sickkids.ca