Innovations Funding

The Academy's Innovations Funding program supports faculty who research, create and implement new ways of teaching complex diagnostic and treatment skills that will advance the quality of health care. The program supports development of new curricular elements, focused faculty development undertakings, comparison of pedagogical approaches, and innovative approaches to learner assessment. Open to all faculty, these intramural grants serve as a catalyst for the development of curriculum that addresses the constantly changing ways in which physicians practice medicine.

Innovations Funding projects are typically funded for one year, with the expectation that, if successful, the curricular innovation will be sustained in some other fashion. Since the program's inception, the Academy has awarded more than $2.9 million to over 160 projects, many of which have been disseminated in some form of educational scholarship.

2021 Call for Innovations Funding Proposals

Important Dates in the Innovations Funding for Education 2021 cycle:


September 11 - October 8: Concept Submission Phase. Concepts for Proposals are submitted via survey.

Concepts for Proposals must be submitted via survey by October 8. See our forum on Open Proposals for more information.

October 9 - November 9: Concept Review Phase.
November 9 - December 16: Open Improvement Phase. Accepted concepts are developed into Full Proposals (or Seed Projects) on the Open Proposals platform.
March 1: Funded proposals announced.

Please contact Kathleen Land at, or (415) 514-9259, if you have any questions.