2023 Big Ideas Pitch Event

April 25, 2023

Get Ready to Answer the Call for Big Ideas

The Healthcare Innovation Lab (The Lab) and the Washington University Institute for Informatics (I²) are calling for entries in the 6th annual Big Ideas competition, a program that provides funding for collaborative clinical, operational, and research teams to develop innovations in informatics and health care delivery.

The Big Ideas Competition was created to identify and support high-priority, novel projects from collaborative clinical, operational, and research teams that are developing innovations in informatics and health care delivery. The intent of this competition is to support innovative projects that are clinically relevant, rigorously evaluated, and operationally sustainable. Applications should explain how their proposed project speaks to these characteristics. Successful proposals could, for example, reflect the following strategies:

  • Improve inpatient nursing turnover
  • Improve ED and hospital patient flow
  • Improve primary care patient experience and outcomes
  • Improve maternal patient experience and outcomes
  • Improve patient placement post discharge (transitions to home, home health, nursing home, etc.)

Winners of Big Ideas may be awarded up to $50,000 in grant funding.

Letters of Intent are due March 15, 2023.

Jan. 10, 2023, 2-4 p.m.Letter of Intent Office Hours.
Mar. 15, 2023Letter of Intent Due
Mar. 29, 2023Applicants notified of Pitch Event participation
Apr. 25, 2023Pitch Event
May 9, 2023Full Applications Due
May 22, 2023Winners Selected and Notified

Team Support Sessions Available:
Teams interested in the 2023 competition can take advantage of open office sessions with Big Ideas leadership. Office hours will be held in The Lab’s conference room on the sixth floor of the Mid-Campus Center. At these sessions, teams can receive assistance in scoping out ideas, determining what preliminary data is most relevant and how best to obtain it, and be pointed in the direction of other potential teammates, if needed.

Office Hours:

Tuesday, January 10, 2023
2 – 4 p.m.

If additional dates are needed, look for Office Hours to come available in February 2023.

For additional support, the letters of intent and applications of former winning teams have been posted to the Washington University Grants Library. Those with online access to the library can view the documents here (under “Institutional Grants” and then, “Big Ideas”).

Details on grant application and submission procedures, how to build your team, previously awarded winners, and more can be found at the Big Ideas website.

Questions? Please email bigideas@wustl.edu