Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Funding Opportunities

The Pilot/Exploratory Grant

The goal of the pilot/exploratory grant is to provide funding for pilot/exploratory projects that help resolve an important emerging or unanswered bioethics problem in clinical care, biomedical research, public health practice, or public policy.

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The Program Development Grant

The goal of the program development grant is to provide funding for projects that provide a foundation for sustainable programing in bioethics and medical humanities.

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This year's recipients have been selected. We expect to begin accepting proposals for 2019-20 awards in summer 2019, and to announce and disperse the awards in fall 2019.

If you have any questions about either of these awards, please contact Bryan Morrison.


Current Award Recipients (2018-19)

Pilot/Exploratory Grant Recipients

Erin Paquette, MD, JD, M. Bioethics – Provider Perspectives on Communication and Consent in Evaluations for Brain Death

Katharine Secunda, MD – Optimizing Palliative Care for Critically Ill Adults: A Mixed Methods Evaluation

Program Development Recipient

Shelly Benjaminy, PhD – Ethics in Practice: An Online Interactive Ethics Education Platform

Jenifer Cartland, PhD – Addressing Barriers to Special Education for Children by Enabling Collaboration Between Schools and Health Care Providers


Previous Award Recipients

Pilot/Exploratory Grant Recipients

Ashish Premkumar, MD and Whitney You, MD, MPH – The Perceptions of Resident Physicians Regarding the Performance of Abortions Under Limited Anesthesia at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital

Margaret Russell, MD – How Should My Doctor Talk about End of Life Care with Me and My Family?: A Qualitative Study on Latino Patients’ Preferences

Eric Keller, MA – Humanism in Interventional Radiology: Helping a New Specialty Find Its Clinical Identity

Jacqueline Kruser, MD – Pathways to Chronic Critical Illness: A Qualitative Evaluation

Erin Paquette, MD, JD, M. Bioethics – ABCs in Pediatrics: Engaging Parents in the Development and Legally Valid Approaches to Biorepository Consent in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients

Program Development Recipient

Kathy Johnson Neely, MD, MA and M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC – Nurse Ethics Champion Program