The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent from researchers for projects with the potential to improve the quality of care/quality of life for the elderly in nursing homes or other care facilities.
Through its Another Look: Better Health for Elders in Care Facilities program, the foundation will award grants totaling $750,000 to as many as six projects focused on addressing a particular problem affecting the elderly in care facilities with data that already exists. (New data collection will not be allowed in this program.)
The foundation welcomes all topics related to improving the health of elders in care facilities but is particularly interested in the treatment of substance abuse and dependency or other mental health conditions other than delirium and dementia; healthcare decisions by conservators or guardians and their effects on residents of care facilities; and oral health. Researchers applying for a grant must identify a stakeholder in the care delivery or policy arena with whom they will either consult or collaborate and who is willing to work with the researcher to develop a research product that may be readily used to improve care or quality of life.
Investigators at nonprofit institutions in New England and New York that are considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply. The applicant must demonstrate how their research question is important to the stakeholder and propose a rigorous research design. Grantees may use the award to augment funding for a project already funded through another grant.
Letters of Intent must be received no later than February 5, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 16, 2018.
See the Donaghue Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.