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Delivery Science Research Program


The purpose of the Delivery Science Research Program is to foster projects that have high impact on health care delivery in areas of strategic priority for Kaiser Permanente. Among the criteria for selecting projects for support from this program are:

  • Will the results change clinical practice or programmatic approaches?
  • Will the findings provide broadly useful lessons about processes of care or the use of new technology?
  • Will publication of the findings enhance Kaiser Permanente’s reputation in a high-priority area?

To be eligible for funding, projects must have the support and collaboration of clinical program leaders. Ideas are selected for development and funding with the input of executives of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). A proposed project must be co-led by a TPMG physician and a Division of Research scientist. The program supports projects of up to 24 months in length and up to $250,000 in direct costs.

Examples of projects include:

  • Video visits: Patient experiences
  • Pulmonary embolism in the emergency department: Real-time decision support algorithms
  • Lung nodules: Practice patterns and potential quality gaps

Requests for Letters of Intent are announced twice a year. A Letter of Intent template is also provided.

For more information, please see our list of current and completed studies.