SIREN Innovation Grants

Our Call for Proposals closed on June 15, 2017. Check back here in late summer to learn about the grants we awarded.

The Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) was created in 2016 to catalyze and disseminate high quality research on how to address patients’ basic resource needs as part of high quality clinical care. To advance these goals, SIREN’s Innovation Grants program will support research projects that advance work in this area. Our first Call for Proposals focuses on projects that add to our understanding of the health care cost and utilization impacts of interventions initiated in the context of health care delivery that target patients’ social and economic hardships.


Innovation Grant Details

SIREN seeks applications for research projects that will contribute rigorous evidence about health care cost and/or utilization impacts of clinical interventions addressing patients’ social and economic hardships. This Call for Proposals is specifically designed to fund studies that: 1) examine the impact of these interventions on health care costs and/or utilization; 2) include cost-benefit analyses comparing the economic impacts of the interventions to their implementation costs; or 3) conduct cost-effectiveness analyses comparing the costs of different social and economic needs interventions. For more information read the full Call for Proposals available below.

SIREN Directors Laura Gottlieb, MD, MPH & Caroline Fichtenberg, PhD, give an overview of the SIREN Innovation Grants Call for Proposals and answer participant questions. They also give an overview of SIREN's mission and why it's important.


Size of grants and grant periods

Our aim is to fund approximately 3 to 6 applications from a total pool of $530,000, with a maximum grant award of $150,000. In making funding decisions, we will balance the desirability of maximizing the number of awards with the goal of supporting high impact and high quality research and projects that lay the groundwork for such research.

Grant periods should not exceed 24 months. Grants are anticipated to start on or after September 1, 2017.


Applicant Eligibility

Preference will be given to applicant organizations that are either institutions of higher education, public entities, or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, although other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations also are eligible to apply. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

Recognizing that diverse perspectives strengthen research, especially research with populations experiencing social and economic hardships, we encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.


Application Process

The application deadline for this funding opportunity is June 15, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT.

Interested applicants must signal their intent to apply by sending an email to siren@ucsf.edu by May 15, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT. This indication of intent is non-binding and will only be used to plan the review process.

To apply, applicants must submit a proposal of up to six pages describing their research question and research plan, along with a description of the research team, budget, and budget justification using the templates available below. (The research team description, budget, and budget justification do not count as part of the 6-page limit.)

Proposals should be submitted via email to siren@ucsf.edu.


Review criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by SIREN staff and an external reviewer based on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the question being asked for informing knowledge about cost and/or utilization impacts of clinical social and economic hardship interventions: Does this project help to answer return on investment questions that are important to those implementing these types of programs?
  • Rigor of the proposed study methods to adequately answer the question: Does the study use a design that maximizes the potential for causal inference (e.g. RCT or other controlled design)? Does the study use validated measures and instruments and appropriate rigorous analytic methods?
  • Feasibility of accomplishing the stated goals of the project: Do the qualifications and expertise of the research team match the project needs? Are the project budget and timeline realistic and appropriate for the project goals?

Key Dates and Deadlines

May 15, 2017 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT: Deadline for receipt of non-binding indication of intent via email to siren@ucsf.edu.

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June 15, 2017 5pm PT: Deadline for receipt of proposals via email to siren@ucsf.edu.


Contact information

For any questions about this grant opportunity and SIREN in general, please email us at siren@ucsf.edu.


Download the full Call for Proposals >

Download the Proposal Submission Instructions >

Watch the Archived Informational Webinar >

Read the Frequently Asked Questions >

Download the Proposal Narrative Template >

Download the Budget Template >

Download the Budget Narrative Template >


SIREN gratefully acknowledges Kaiser Permanente and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for their support of the SIREN Innovation Grants program.