Greater Value Portfolio

Greater Value Portfolio Grant Program



In 2020, the Donaghue Foundation will again offer its 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,
  • unaffordable cost of care burden on patients and families,
  • unacceptable variation in quality, and
  • lack of transparency in both price and outcomes.

Investigators conducting research 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 studies that focus on improving value through promising strategies using one or more of these approaches:

  • Test models of care, coverage or system change that  seek to improve value by addressing one or more of the symptoms of low value
  • 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, including the cost of care to patients, in addition to other patient-centered factors
  • Promote conversations between patients and their clinicians and care teams about preferences and trade-offs related to alternative treatment options and /or out of pocket cost burden to patients and families
  • Test interventions geared to reducing racial and ethnic disparities through the provision of higher value healthcare

In all programs, the Foundation requires applicants to demonstrate that they have reviewed their research questions, protocols, sampling, and data analyses to ensure that they do not inadvertently mask or exacerbate racial, ethnic or gender health inequities.

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 11, 2020                                       Letters of intent due
June 8, 2020                                        Notice of LOI decision
August 10, 2020                                  Applications due ((deadline is extended from 8/3 until 8/10)
November 2, 2020                                Funding decisions will be made
January 1, 2021                                   Grant term begins

How To Apply

Greater Value Portfolio Grant Announcement
Greater Value Portfolio Letter of Intent Instructions & Form
Greater Value Portfolio Application Instructions
Greater Value Portfolio Application Forms
Greater Value Portfolio FAQs
Greater Value Portfolio Informational Webinar Recording
Greater Value Portfolio Informational Webinar Slides Only

Past Awardees


Hannah Cohen-Cline, PhD
Providence Health Services
“Does a Rising Tide Lift All Boats? Assessing the Direct and Indirect Effects of APMs in Primary Care”
Partner Organization: Care Oregon


Sunitha Kaiser, MD
University of California, San Francisco
“The PIRCH Study: Pathways for Improving Respiratory Illness Care for Hospitalized Children”
Partner Organization: Value in Inpatient Pediatrics

Megan Cole, PhD, MPH and June-Ho Kim, MD, MPH
Boston University School of Public Health
“Value and Equity of Telehealth for Low-Income Patients with Chronic Conditions at Federally Qualified Health Centers”
Partner Organization: Community Care Cooperative

Fasika Woreta, MD
Johns Hopkins
“Real-time prescription benefit tools in the electronic health record: working towards greater value for prescribers and patients”
Partner Organizations: Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin, Yale New Haven Health System, Johns Hopkins Health System


Laura F. Garabedian, PhD, MPH
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute
“Impact of an Innovative Payer-Provider Joint Venture on Health Care Value”
Partner Organization: Benevera Health

Mary E. Tinetti, MD
Yale School of Medicine
“Reducing Unwanted Care and Improving Outcomes by Aligning Care with the Health Priorities of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions”
Partner Organization: Cleveland Clinic Center for Geriatric Medicine

Malini Nijagal, MD, MPH and Courtney Lyles, PhD
University of California San Francisco Medical School
“The Use of Telemedicine to Achieve Higher Value Pregnancy Care for Low‐income, Urban Women”
Partner Organization: San Francisco Health Network

Scott E. Regenbogen, MD, MPH
University of Michigan
“Hospital Strategies for Success in Episode-based Hospital Reimbursement”
Partner Organization: Michigan Value Collaborative


Bryan Dowd, PhD
University of Minnesota
“Incorporating Quality of Care Information into a Tiered Cost-sharing Health Insurance Benefit”
Partner organization: State of Minnesota

Kai Yeung, PharmD, PhD
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
“Value-based Formulary-Essentials: Testing and Expanding on Value in Prescription Drug Benefit Design”
Partner organization: Premera Blue Cross

Sapna R. Kudchadkar, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Impact of a Multifaceted Early Mobility intervention on Clinical Outcomes and ICU-acquired Morbidities in Critically Ill children”
Partner organizations: Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida; Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Advocate Children’s Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois; Boston Children’s Hospital

Nadine Jackson McCleary, BSN MD MPH
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
“Assessing toxicity and adherence of oral cancer therapy with ePROs”
Partner Organization: Dana Farber Cancer Institute



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”