The growing pressure for health care providers to administer cost-effective, patient-centered care has contributed to changes in our health care system, making informatics platforms ubiquitous. Most health science centers host large clinical data warehouses (CDW), and store vast amounts of heterogeneous data coming from a variety of sources, such as data from electronic health record systems (EHRs), claims data, national surveys and databases such as NHANES, biological sequences, images, etc. Loyola University Chicago's Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR) strives to leverage our informatics infrastructure and data analytics capabilities to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities, and to develop health outcomes and informatics expertise across LUC, LUHS, and Trinity Health. In this call for proposals, we are soliciting proposals that align with CHOIR’s mission, and which will generate preliminary data for subsequent federal funding applications (e.g. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation etc.) Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Leveraging clinical notes to enhance diagnoses in the EHR
  • Development of computable phenotypes
  • Methodologies of health-related data collection, aggregation, harmonization and analysis
  • Studies using smartphones and other wearable technologies to improve health outcomes across diverse populations
  • Development of software and/or mobile applications to improve health-related behavior (e.g. adherence to dietary and physical activity programs, smoking cessation, cancer screening and prevention)
  • Integration of patient-generated data into care delivery
  • Development of data analysis methodologies for semantic data integration
  • Development of data analysis methodologies for analysis of health care data, in particular longitudinal data
  • Development of natural language processing techniques for clinical notes processing

This funding opportunity is open to the entire LUC/LUHS community, and multidisciplinary projects across departments, schools, and campus are strongly encouraged to apply.



The PI/co-PI must be faculty members at LUC/LUHS. Co-investigators and other senior personnel may be faculty or staff.


Important Dates:

Submissions due: May 21, 2019 at 5pm CT

Funding decision communicated to PIs: June 10, 2019

Funding period starts: July 1, 2019


Funding Details:

The CHOIR steering committee will entertain proposals up to $50,000 total for a period of up to two years, starting July 1, 2019.

Funding is limited. The budget must be accurate, conservative, and carefully reflective of the work. No cost extensions are not allowed under this funding mechanism. Funds may not be used to cover Faculty salary. The proposal is to be single spaced and must follow the CHOIR pilot project submission template. Funding is competitive; this invitation does not guarantee funding.

Please submit the full proposal via e-mail to Kelly Quinn (equinn@luc.edu) by May 21, 2019 5pm CT. Questions can be directed to François Modave, PhD, CHOIR director (fmodave@luc.edu).