Center for Innovation and Research Call for Letters of Intent


  • Are you Developing an Implementation Science Proposal and Plan to Submit for Fedearal Funding by October or November (for Resubmission Proposals) 2017 for Federal Funding?

The Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR) is interested in funding strong research teams to develop and submit research proposals to federal funding agencies, such as NIH, NSF, AHRQ, RJW, etc. The proposals must address implementation science research projects that will be implemented within Sparrow Health System.

Deadline: May 15, 2017 by 5:00pm Funding decisions announced June 1st

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  • Are You Interested in Conducting an Implementation Science Pilot Project? 

The Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR) is interested in receiving pilot funding proposals for research projects that address implementation science and research within Sparrow Health System.

Deadline: June 1, 2017 by 5:00pm

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CFIR currently accepts Concept Papers/Letters of Intent/Grant Proposals on a rolling submission basis.

Beginning January 2017, Rolling Submissions will be reviewed on the following schedule:

February 1, May 1, October 1

Proposals may be either Research (typically $50,000) or Translation (typically $25,000) projects.

Concept papers can be 1-2 pages long. The Director will review the information and provide feedback on whether the project is suitable for CFIR. They can be mailed to

Please see the Letters of Intent Instructions below for more information, as well as the Criteria for Proposals.

Research Letters of Intent Instructions

Translation Letters of Intent Instructions

Letter of Intent TEMPLATE

Full proposals instructions can be found here.

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  • Teams with projects that were previously submitted to other institutions and were scored, but not funded, are welcome to contact the CFIR  for possible project support in order to help strengthen their proposal for resubmission. >>Requests may be made at any time.
  • CFIR will consider proposals for MICRO-GRANTS with a likelihood that the project will lead to another proposal at a federal level and support a collaborative team. The Micro-Grant budget typically does not exceed $10,000.00. Please use this template for submitting a MIcro-Grant request. >>Micro-Grant requests may be submitted at any time. 

*Prior to finalization of the budget,You should make contact with Nancy Miller, Director of Research, Sparrow Clinical Research Institute (SCRI).  She can assist with activities that occur at Sparrow or involving Sparrow medical records that may or may not have related budget issues.    Please allow two weeks of lead time for processing.  It is requested that you fill out the New Study Checklist to include in your correspondence to SCRI.

>>> Interdisciplinary partnerships with team members from both Sparrow and MSU is a requirement.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to: