Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is proud to offer a competitive Clinical Care Innovation Grant Program (Grant Program). The Grant Program is intended to foster new, innovative approaches to care delivery that will ultimately help improve the health and well-being of a provider’s patient population. If the new approaches are found to be effective in helping Independence members, we hope to share them more broadly with the providers in our network, so the community at large can benefit from their success.
Independence will award up to five grants in 2022 to health systems and large specialty groups that have value-based care contracts with Independence. Awarding the grants and disbursing grant funding is contingent upon Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or waiver. All grant proposals and awards must comply with all applicable state and federal requirements, including, but not limited to, all requirements and regulations imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Please note: Each entity is permitted up to three submissions for the 2022 cycle. The deadline for submissions is November 4, 2021.
For the Grant Program, we are seeking submissions that focus on the following:
New, innovative approaches to care delivery (i.e., not having been done elsewhere), including those that leverage technology and virtual care
Clinical approaches that result in improved quality, patient experience, and access to care and lower health care costs
Approaches that bring patient care to the home setting if needed
Approaches/capabilities that are not currently supported by Independence’s provider incentive programs
Approaches that integrate behavioral health strategies into care delivery
Approaches that seek to achieve health equity
If you are interested in applying for the Grant Program, please note the following dates:
Submission deadline: November 4, 2021
Independence committee internal review: November 4 to 19, 2021
Finalists notified: November 19, 2021
“Pitch Day” for finalists: December 9, 2021
Winners notified: December 20, 2021
Grant Program launch: January/February 2022
What you need to apply
If you are interested in applying for the Grant Program, your grant proposal should include the following information:
Pilot scope/problem statement
A description of how your clinical approach is new (i.e., targets improvement)
A description of the use of technology or other advancements to improve care
Evaluation metrics, including clinical, financial, and patient experience
A program description, including duration and how the study will be administered (be sure to include study personnel, timeline and deliverables, demographic sample profiles, and a description of a COVID-19 contingency plan)
Sustainability approach post-pilot and plan to scale to full target population(s)
A detailed funding request plan and description of how funds will be used
IRB submission status (If not submitted yet, provide a plan for when and where you intend to submit. Please contact us for guidance if needed.)
Intended publication/manuscript development plans
How to apply
Ready to get started? Here’s how to apply:
Please review the Clinical Care Innovation Grant Program information (above).
Thank you for your interest in the Grant Program and your submission. If you have questions about the Grant Program or information requested, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
¹If your submission is selected to move forward, please note that as a condition of receiving a grant under the Grant Program, you will be required to enter into Independence’s Grant Agreement, modified only where "variable language" indicates an area specific to your organization and project. We will provide the Grant Agreement to those applicants selected to move forward.