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Request for Applications (RFA)

  • Massachusetts General Hospital

The CRICO project created an important and rare opportunity for inter-professional training among team members working in the MGH Emergency Department. Staff uniformly agreed that the mere opportunity to learn, discuss, and debrief together in dedicated training sessions was very valuable.

  • Cambridge Health Alliance

Staff feel more empowered to speak up and we are seeing evidence of this during clinical shifts. Additionally, the training has been well received. Staff have been very outspoken in regard to the novelty of this course (i.e. “we’ve never seen anything like this before.”).

Grants RFA Details

This page walks you through the materials required for the application, important deadline dates, the review process and expected timeline for award.

Who Should Apply?

CRICO’s grant team seeks proposals containing designs that further impact organization-wide risk related to patient safety issues. We encourage both young investigators and senior researchers to apply for funding and we support CRICO-member partnerships among potential investigators. 


Rules for Grant Awards

  • Applications must meet one of the designated focus areas.
  • The total budget and project period may not exceed 24-months per award. 
  • The total budget cannot exceed $200,000 per award including all indirect costs. (max 15%)
  • Indirect costs may not exceed 15% of Direct Costs per Award. Note: Indirect costs may be issued to subcontractors at a rate of 15%, but do not qualify as an additional Direct Cost for the applicant/prime institution administering the grant.
  • Principal Investigators must dedicate a minimum of 5% annualized effort.
  • Salaries cannot exceed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) salary cap in effect at the time of the grant’s commencement.
  • CRICO grant funds may not be used to purchase or support capital equipment.


Grant Application Submission Guidelines 

  • Only CRICO members may apply.  CRICO is the largest medical professional liability carrier in Massachusetts, distinguished by the varied size and structure of our member organizations. Coverage is limited to employees of, and physicians sponsored by, a member institution, each of whom must meet CRICO’s eligibility criteria.
  • All research must be conducted at CRICO-member health care organizations with written support from the head of the department approving the Principal Investigator’s proposed project and request for funding.
  • Applicants must indicate any co-funding obtained if the proposed project requires greater than $200,000 to meet the aims of the project.
  • Applicants must provide all active Other Support for Key Personnel.
  • Grant proposals are accepted only during the official application time frame. CRICO will return any applications received after the deadline to the submitting investigator.


Project Scope

The RFA is offered to CRICO-insured members at all levels of experience. Partnerships across CRICO-insured organizations are encouraged. Submissions that contain designs to further impact enterprise risk and emerging patient safety issues are also encouraged.


Funding priority will be given to proposals that are original, evidence-based and directly aimed at improving patient safety and reducing malpractice risk in one of our designated priority areas. This includes proposals that:

  • (a) Examine specific domains of malpractice risk and patient harm while assessing the factors at various levels that contribute to such risks.
  • (b) Investigate strategic interventions at individual, systems, and organizational levels to help reduce and eliminate specific patient harm and malpractice risk.
  • (c) Disseminate proven solutions to reduce malpractice risk. It is anticipated that knowledge gained from these projects will positively affect care delivery and promote risk reduction.

Focus Areas

Applications must match one of the specified focus areas. Please note in your Letter of Intent which target area you plan to address and which type of grant (i.e., a, b, or c from above) best defines your proposal’s intent:

  1. Diagnosis: We are interested in proposals that focus on the development of cognitive aids and innovative approaches towards mitigating risks associated with missed and delayed diagnosis.
  2. Performance of Medical Procedures: We are particularly interested in the examination of risks associated with—the investigation of strategic interventions for—and the dissemination of solutions to—medical performance issues seen in special procedural areas: IR, Cardiac Cath Lab, Endoscopy, Radiology and Imaging, Ambulatory Surgery and MD Offices/Clinics)
  3. Nursing: We are interested in proposals that identify interventions aimed at improving patient assessment and patient monitoring to prevent unrecognized and delayed responses to clinical deterioration, often referred to as “failure to rescue” events. Proposals that identify models preventing patient falls and improving medication administration/monitoring are also strongly encouraged.
  4. Obstetrics: We are interested in proposals that include the design, evaluation or dissemination of interventions aimed at addressing risks associated with the recognition and management of fetal distress.
  5. Surgery: We are interested in proposals that address risks associated with, and potential interventions for, general, orthopedic, neuro, and plastic surgery.
  6. Emerging Risks: We are interested in proposals that address the following emerging risks: Transition/adoption of new EHRs, network expansions risks, inter-hospital transfers, shared decision making, improved adherence/follow-up with recommended treatment plans, and the expansion of telemedicine, virtual visits and hospital at home programs.



CRICO RFA Timeline and Review Process



CRICO’s Review Process

  1. CRICO reviews the Letters of Intent to determine alignment with our mission and targeted areas of funding interest.
  2. Next, CRICO will invite those Principal Investigators with project intentions deemed the most congruent with CRICO’s objectives to submit a full length, detailed proposal.
  3. The initially submitted Letter of Intent, proposed budget and other Required Appendix materials then become part of the Principal Investigator’s full application to be submitted for funding consideration.
  4. Upon full review, final applications will be selected and the PIs notified by email of their award.


Required Application Materials

Please include identifying information such as PI Name, Institution and Project Title in the header or footer of all pages of your grant application. Read or print this document for all of the budget guidelines and restrictions. CRICO Budget Guidelines and Restrictions.

You will submit these documents in the CRICO Grant Lifecycle Manager tool when they are complete.



If you have any questions regarding this announcement, priority areas of focus, or requirements for the Letter of Intent, please contact Jay Boulanger, Program Manager, at 617.450.5581, or Rachael Barzey, Grants Administrator, at 617.450.5517. You may also email our grants team at