Greater Value Portfolio

Greater Value Portfolio Grant ProgramNow Open

The Donaghue Foundation announces its 2018 Greater Value Portfolio grant program that will fund research projects for two years with a maximum amount of $400,000 per award for the purpose of advancing promising approaches to achieve a higher value healthcare system. The goal of this program is to test approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the healthcare they provide to their patients and communities.

We believe value in healthcare is achieved with uniformly high quality outcomes and favorable patient experience for the money we spend.  Symptoms of poor healthcare value include high and rising healthcare costs, unwarranted variation in prices, unacceptable variation in quality, and a lack of transparency in both price and outcomes. Investigators conducting research that expect to develop actionable solutions to one or more of these symptoms of low value healthcare are encouraged to apply to the Greater Value Portfolio program. Eligible topics include research that advances promising strategies in these areas:

  • Reduce routine treatments, tests, and screenings for patients for whom the potential harms (including financial harm) outweigh potential benefits
  • Provide tools to help consumers make decisions about their healthcare based on value in addition to other patient-centered factors
  • Promote conversations between patients with serious illnesses and their clinicians about preferences and trade-offs related to alternative treatment options
  • Reduce structural barriers and inefficiencies that impede improving value within systems or across healthcare settings
  • Test models of care and coverage that address current financial disincentives for systemic change (i.e., paying for current programs with future savings or paying for programs that address social determinants of health with the savings from lowering expenditures related to clinical services)

Eligibility Criteria

This program is open to investigators at tax-exempt research institutions in the United States. In order to receive the award, the applicant must partner with an organization that delivers healthcare services.  The applicant must also provide evidence of the likelihood that positive research findings will be implemented by the partnering organization and others to bring greater value to health and healthcare.  Acceptable partnerships include, 1) a researcher based at a research institution partnering with a healthcare organization, or 2) a researcher based in a research unit embedded within a health system.

Timeline for Application Process

May 3, 2018 Letter of intent deadline
August 17, 2018 Invited applications due
November 2018 Funding decisions will be made
December 2018 Grant term begins

How To Apply

Greater Value Grant Announcement & LOI Instructions 2018 
Greater Value LOI Form 2018
Greater Value Application Instructions 2018
Greater Value Application Forms 2018
Greater Value Frequently Asked Questions

Past Awardees


Amol Navathe, MD, PhD
Mitesh S. Patel, MD
The University of Pennsylvania
“The REDUCE Trial‐ Randomized trial of EHR Defaults and Using social Comparison feedback to Effectively decrease opioid prescription pill burden”

Peter Ubel, MD
Duke University
“Examining Best Practices for Factoring Out-Of-Pocket Expenses into Patients’ Health Care Decisions”



Jennifer Raymond, MD, MCR
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
“CoYoT1 to California (CTC) – Telemedicine to Engage Young Adults with Diabetes”

Karen Sepucha, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
“Matching the right person to the right treatment: Shared decision making for high cost elective procedures”

2016 – funded in partnership with the Rx Foundation

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
“Behavioral Economics Approaches to Improve Palliative Care for Critically Ill Patients”

Sophia Jan, MD, MSHP
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
“Long Term Care Planning for Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities”

Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH
Harvard University
“Just Google It: What is the Impact of Health Care Price Information Being More Accessible to Consumers?”

David Meltzer, MD, PhD
University of Chicago
“Longitudinal Effects of the Comprehensive Care Physician Program”


Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MPH and Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH
University of Michigan
“Patient, Provider, and Health System Effects of Provider Commitments to Choosing Wisely”

Valerie A. Lewis, PhD
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
“Demonstrating Methods to Integrate Clinical Care, Public Health, and Social Services with Value-Based Payment Models”

Dale Ellen Lupu, PhD MPH
George Washington University
“Implementing Shared-Decision Making with Chronic Kidney Disease: Testing its impact on improved quality of life and reduced health care costs”