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The PAIR with PAIR pilot program will commence in 2020. Further details to come.



Submission deadline:


Notice of award:


Pilot project period:




Applicants must:

>  be affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Health System

 be involved in the care of seriously ill patients

>  be available to meet and correspond with the project team on a regular basis

 have completed residency training, for physicians


The PAIR Center will provide up to $50,000-worth of the following resources to pilot grant awardees:


>  Mentorship of a PAIR faculty member

    Study design and oversight

    Manuscript development

>  Research staff support

>  Study-related expenses


Submission instructions


Please email your documents to


Biographical sketch:

A brief biographical sketch (1 -2 paragraphs) detailing your background, training, and interests.  You may also submit an NIH-formatted biosketch.


Research Proposal:

The research proposal should be no longer than one single-spaced page, Arial size 11 font, and include the following sections:


>  Background (statement of the problem, its significance, and the impact of the knowledge to be gained)

>  Research question

>  Proposed approach (how will you answer this question? no need to include sample size calculations or analytic plan)



There is no need to submit a budget document. Successful proposals will be awarded budgets of up to $50,000. The budgets will be prepared by research administrators in the PAIR Center and reviewed with the investigator for his or her approval.


Proposals will be judged on the following criteria:

>  Quality of research question

>  Feasibility in 12-month study period with budget of $50,000 or less

>  Potential impact of knowledge to be generated

>  Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit proposals utilizing is a web-based advanced care planning tool, created by PennMedicine.



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