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Caregiver Grants

Everything Starts with an Idea

Cleveland Clinic caregivers are full of innovative ideas to improve care for our patients and communities. To help bring these ideas to life, there are many philanthropy-funded caregiver grant programs across the enterprise that offer competitions to provide seed funding. Whether you have an idea for a new patient program, a novel medical technology, or a way to improve care coordination, there are caregivers who want to hear about it and donors who want to help make it possible. Learn more about the grant programs below.

Caregiver Grants Program Chart | Cleveland Clinic

How Do I Apply?

Winter Cycle

The Philanthropy Institute, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, and Lerner Research Institute offer a single application process each winter for their granting programs. You can submit one application to apply for these three programs:

Upon submission, proposals are eligible for all three funding opportunities. A screening committee will determine which program your project is best suited for based on your area of focus, requested funding amount, and other factors.

To apply for the Caregiver Catalyst Grants Winter Cycle, all caregivers are invited to submit an application here.

For the Catalyst SPARK Award, you MUST submit an Invention Disclosure Form (IDF) to Innovations.

Summer Cycle

The Philanthropy Institute, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Lerner Research Institute and the Healthcare Delivery & Implementation Science Center (HDISC) host a competition each summer for:

All caregivers interested in the Caregiver Catalyst Grants and/or Catalyst SPARK Awards, can submit an application here.

For the Catalyst SPARK Award, you MUST submit an Invention Disclosure Form (IDF) to Innovations.

VeloSano Pilot Awards

Every fall, Caregivers conducting cancer research are invited to apply for a VeloSano Pilot Award.

To apply for a VeloSano Pilot Award, all caregivers can apply here.

When Can I Apply?

The next opportunities to apply are August 28, 2023 – September 25, 2023, and February 12, 2024 – March 22, 2024.

For VeloSano Pilot Awards, the next opportunity to apply is November 1, 2023 – December 18, 2023.


What makes a strong application?

 The Screening Committees and reviewers for all of these programs are looking for the following components to strengthen an application:

  • Did you include planned outcomes communicated through SMART goals? (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound)
  • Is the reach and intensity of the impact of this project stated in the application?
  • Does the story resonate with the donors who fund these programs?
  • Is your budget appropriate and comprehensive?
  • Will you be able to hit measurable milestones within the allotted funding cycle?
  • Does the application address a relevant clinical need?

What happens after I apply?

Each program’s committee will evaluate your application against the requirements and guidelines of the funding programs. If selected for funding, you will be notified of next steps from the individual program(s).

Why was the application process combined for multiple programs?

There are many donor-sponsored internal funding opportunities across the enterprise. We found an easier way for you to find the right funding for your project. The combined process maximizes every caregiver’s potential for project funding.

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