Hillman Innovations in Care Grant Program

Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $600,000

Next deadline: Jun 1, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Mar 2, 2021 8:59pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

The mission of the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. health-care system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The Foundation’s goal is to leverage nursing’s unique knowledge to help ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.

Hillman Innovations in Care Program

The Hillman Innovations in Care (HIC) Program (launched in 2014) is a multi-year initiative that supports the advancement of leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing health care services. Two multi-year HIC grants of up to $600,000 are awarded annually.

"The Hillman Innovations in Care Program provides a powerful boost to promising but under-recognized models of care delivery," said Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, who has already received support from the Foundation for her nurse-led Transitional Care Model. "It is these kinds of innovations that have the potential to help our health care system to achieve several key outcomes – better health, higher patient and caregiver satisfaction, and lower costs."


The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing health-care services.

We seek bold, creative, patient- and family-centered approaches that challenge conventional strategies, improve health outcomes, lower costs, and enhance patient and family caregiver experience.

Program Priorities

The Hillman Foundation specifically seeks proposals that address the health-care needs of vulnerable populations in the following areas:

  • Maternal and child health
  • Care of the older adult
  • Chronic illness management

Types of Proposals

  • The adaptation of proven nursing-driven models to new or expanded settings or patient populations. The adaptation should be past the pilot phase and demonstrate significant preliminary evidence.
  • The expansion of emerging nursing-driven models with early evidence suggesting a strong likelihood for achieving Triple Aim-like outcomes on a broad scale.

All proposals must address the potential for:

  • Improving health, lowering costs, and enhancing patient and caregiver experience
  • Scalability
  • Sustainability

Grant Awards

The program will award two grants of up to $600,000 each, distributed over a 36-month period.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


We welcome applications from institutions and care settings from across the spectrum of care, and from practitioners representing a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • We believe that transformative ideas are as likely to come from community health clinics as they are from major academic research centers. 
  • Who is eligible?
    • U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations. (The Foundation will consider only organizations that can provide proof of qualifying non-profit status, including a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.)
    • International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
    • Government entities
    • Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief
  • Grant funds may be used for the following cost categories:
    • Personnel
    • Travel
    • Consultants
    • Direct Supplies
    • Equipment: Please note, partial or full support for equipment may be requested. Funding for infrastructure will be limited.
    • Other Research Costs
    • Sub-grants/ Subcontracts
    • Indirect costs: Please note, the Hillman Foundation will provide a limited amount of indirect costs, based on the nature of the applicant organization, to a maximum of 15% of direct costs of the grantee’s administered grant value. This amount will be included in the $600,000 of direct costs (i.e., total value of the grant will be $600,000). 


  • Priority consideration will be given to projects that include one or more of the following:
    • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers and community organizations
    • Health and wellness promotion and disease prevention
    • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
    • Strong institutional and community partnerships
    • Provision of care in non-hospital settings


  • We will not consider:
    • White papers, literature reviews, or support for publishing
    • Basic science or research
    • Development of stand-alone technology including medical devices and mobile apps not integral to the overall design of the program
    • Capital projects or improvements
    • Projects outside the United States and its territories
  • Who is not eligible?
    • Individuals
    • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status