Seed Grants

The Center for Interprofessional Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is pleased to announce three funding opportunities. The first funding opportunity is for up to $20,000 for seed grants that provide support for IPE and IPC pilot projects. The two additional funding opportunities are for up to $25,000 for seed grants for IPE and IPC projects that are focused on Team-Based Care in the domains of Health Equity or People with Intellectual or Development Disabilities.

The Center for Interprofessional Education at UMB is pleased to announce three funding opportunities for projects focused on Team-Based Care.

  • Proposals should be practice- or classroom-focused, with educational and evaluative components employing the IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. 
  • Grant funds, up to $15,000 may be used toward salary/ benefit support or stipend, assuming approval from the individual’s supervisor in their primary UMB School.

The following definitions of interproessional education and interprofessional care should be used when developing proposals:

Interprofessional education (IPE): “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 (IPC): 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.

Seed Grant Applications

The completed application was due on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
The 2023-2024 application cycle has closed.

2023-2024 Seed Grant Recipients

Seed Grant

Dr. Shailvi Gupta, MD, MPH, FACS (SOM) received a $20,000 seed grant for Ethics, Decolonization and Social Justice in Global Health. Contributing faculty include Carlos Faerron Guzman, MD, MSc (Graduate) and B. Elias Snyder, MS, FNP-C, ACHPN, PhD(c) (SON). Addressing global health challenges necessitates a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach, as these issues are embedded in complex systems that are the product of diverse social, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts.  It is widely understood that no one perspective, be it cultural, ethical, political or academic, can develop the best solution to a problem alone, particularly at a population level.  The Institute on Ethics, Decolonization, and Social Justice in Global Health aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing among students and faculty from diverse health professions, thereby promoting a more inclusive and holistic approach to global health at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). This interdisciplinary and integrated approach will enable the development of innovative and equitable strategies to address pressing global health concerns and contribute to the advancement of health equity and improved population health outcomes. To learn more, contact Dr. Gupta at

Health Equity Seed Grant

Snehal T. Patel, MD, MHS (SOM) and Robyn Gilden, PhD, MS, RN (SON) received a $25,000 seed grant for Climate Change and Health Equity: An Interprofessional Education Collaboration. Contributing faculty include Timothy Canty, PhD (UMCP), Shiladitya DasSarma, PhD (MEES-UMB), Erin Golembewski, PhD (Graduate), Shailvi Gupta, MD, MPH, FACS (SOM), Nicole Mattocks, PhD, LMSW (SSW), William Piermattei, JD (SOL), and Karin Guther Ross, JD, MS, RN (SON). The wide-ranging impacts of climate change are fueling a “climate gap” and further exacerbating existing health inequities. The interprofessional Climate Change and Health Equity in Maryland collaboration aims – as a first step – to develop and implement a Climate Change and Health Equity course, which will empower students from professional tracks across UMB and UMCP to take greater responsibility for addressing the complex, multi-faceted health and socioeconomic issues arising from climate change through analysis and action. The main course deliverable will be a campus and community symposium on climate change with an emphasis on solutions to the problems resulting in Baltimore and State of Maryland. The long-term objective for this initiative is to create a core of interprofessional courses around climate change, health equity, and environmental sciences and justice to be offered to students across USM. At the conclusion of this project, the IPEC team will work together to prepare an MPower proposal to develop a long-term plan for a continuing partnership between UMCP and UMB in this area. To learn more, contact Dr. Patel at or Dr. Gilden at

People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Seed Grant

Rebecca N. Weston, Ed.D, MSN, RN, CNE (SON) received a $25,000 seed grant for Collaborating Across Disciplines to Recruit, Train, Retrain and Effectively Utilize People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as Standardized Patients. Contributing faculty include Nancy Culpepper, MBA (SON), Samantha Fuld, DSW, MSW, LCSW-C (SSW), Norman Retener, MD, FACP (SOM) and Patricia Schaefer, DNP, RN, CNE-cl, CHSE, CNE (SON). Major healthcare organizations across the country agree that the need for thorough and inclusive disability education in health sciences curricula is imperative to create care providers across all disciplines who can provide ethically and developmentally appropriate care to people with disabilities across the lifespan. The addition of this greatly under-represented population of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (PWIDD) to our Standardized Patient Program will allow all of UMB’s healthcare disciplines to create numerous interprofessional simulations and activities utilizing PWIDD, which has not been possible before. Including people with disabilities into our simulation education helps expose students to real scenarios and people who can speak to the genuine issues related to their disability and its impact on their life and their health. In collaboration with the Special Olympics International and Special Olympics Maryland, the University of Maryland Baltimore will enhance our ability to provide this essential interprofessional instruction to students through the intentional recruitment and training of Special Olympics Health Messengers into its Standardized Patient Program. To learn more, contact Dr. Weston at