Seed Grants

Interprofessional Education (IPE) and Interprofessional Care (IPC) Seed Grant Announcement

The Center for Interprofessional Education at UMB is pleased to announce an opportunity for $5,000 to $15,000 seed grants for 13-month IPE and IPC pilot projects. 

  • Proposals should be practice- or classroom-focused, with educational and evaluative components employing the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. 
  • Grant funds may not be used toward salary or benefit support.

The following definitions of IPE/IPC should be used when developing proposals:

Interprofessional education: “When students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” (World Health Organization, 2010)

Interprofessional team-based care: Care delivered by intentionally created, usually relatively small, work groups in health care, who are recognized by others as well as by themselves as having a collective identity and shared responsibility for a patient or group of patients.

Proposal Format

The proposal should be limited to five single-spaced pages and should include the following:

  • Title of project
  • Description of new initiative or, if existing, how the existing initiative will be significantly expanded or enhanced
  • Description of how the project will advance UMB’s efforts to meet IPEC competencies
  • Abstract (approximately four-sentence description)
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • List of faculty on seed grant to include name, credentials, school affiliation, and title. Submission of names confirms that the faculty/staff members are aware of the proposal and support the proposed activities.
  • Outline of educational curriculum to be used and targeted students
  • Plan for evaluation of project
  • Plan for sustainability following the pilot period
  • Statement of support from faculty supervisor/division, chief associate dean, or responsible administrative official granting the faculty member the projected time to implement the proposed project
  • Implementation timeline
  • Budget and justification

Proposal Criteria

The project proposal must meet two criteria:

Criteria 1: It must seek to engage students from 2 or more disciplines in at least one of the following areas (excerpted and modified from Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: 2016 Update).

  1. Work with individuals of other health, law and/or human service professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  2. Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professionals to appropriately access and address the health care needs of the patients and populations served.
  3. Communicate with patients, families, communities, and other health professionals in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the maintenance of health and treatment of disease.
  4. Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan and deliver patient-/population-centered care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.

Criteria 2:  Proposals must include faculty from at least two or more disciplines, with at least one faculty affiliated with UMB

Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2020, via email to Reetta Gach at Proposals will be reviewed by the center director and co-directors and faculty will be notified of a decision by April 3, 2020. Funds will be distributed on May 1, 2020. A requirement for the seed grant funding will be participation by at least two members of the team at a campus-based interprofessional symposium in the fall where they will present the results of their project. Funds must be expended no later than June 27, 2021. Unexpended funds will be transferred back to the center. 

If you plan to use standardized patients through the University of Maryland Schools of Nursing and Medicine Standardized Patient Program, please contact the director, Nancy Culpepper (

Additional information can be found at

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