• Place Outcomes Awards

    The goal of the Place Outcomes Research Awards is to stimulate the development of health services and quality improvement research at Cincinnati Children’s and to ensure optimal implementation of clinical and operational innovations in the care delivery system. The path from basic science discovery to successful clinical trial must end with successful incorporation into practice and measurable transformation of healthcare within and beyond our medical center.

    Outcomes research includes work that results in innovative approaches to healthcare delivery, optimizes the effectiveness and implementation of clinical interventions, examines whether outcomes meaningful to patients and families have changed, and assesses the value of new clinical practices. Through this research, Cincinnati Children’s is most likely to achieve its mission of ensuring the best medical and quality-of-life outcomes, patient and family experiences and value − locally, regionally and nationally.

    Geoffrey Place.The Place Outcomes Research Awards are named in honor of Geoffrey Place, a past vice president of research and development for Procter & Gamble Co. and a member of the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees from 1979 until 2009.  During that time, he chaired the Research Committee of the board.  His long and distinguished service to our institution contributed significantly to the growth of our research program through his extensive experience in managing research and development, his creativity and his strategic thinking.  His incisive questioning led to the key concepts of outcomes, experience and value in our mission statement, concepts that drive the areas of interest of these Outcomes Research Awards.

    Eligible applicants include Cincinnati Children’s healthcare faculty at any stage of their careers.  We welcome applications from all departments; nursing faculty applications and collaboration with other faculty are highly desired.

    Research Proposals

    Grants can be requested for up to two years, with the second year contingent on progress. The maximum budget is $60,000 a year. Funds cannot carry over from year one and two. The number of awardees will be determined by the quality of proposals, the requested budgets of meritorious proposals and available funds. It is anticipated that up to eight awards will be made each round. Funding can be requested for faculty salary support, support staff, supplies and travel to one domestic scientific meeting. The maximum principal investigator support is 10 percent of salary per year. Faculty at all levels are eligible, and balance among awardees will be sought.


    Support is available for multidisciplinary retreats (at Cincinnati Children’s or off campus) for up to $3,000 / retreat. Retreats should have a goal of developing or accelerating an outcomes research agenda within or between divisions or departments. Proposals should include a health services and / or quality-improvement research focus and include participants with outside expertise or experience in these areas if needed. Funds are contingent upon matching funds (1:1) derived from other resources (clinical or research divisions). Applications for retreats are accepted at any time and should be emailed to Robert Kahn, MD, MPH.

    Grant Is Just the Beginning

    An overarching goal of the grants is to foster a community of researchers focused on cutting-edge outcomes research at Cincinnati Children’s. Researchers should focus on specific disease outcomes wherever possible. Such a research community will have ties that span the divisions and programs that conduct outcomes-related research. To this end, awardees will be required to attend an annual symposium within the institution in which research will be presented in poster or platform format. Additional activities will include participation in “work in progress” seminars outside the applicant’s usual research meetings, participation in jointly sponsored seminars, attendance at events (including visiting professor lectures and grand rounds) sponsored by the HSR Matrix, and network building activities. These awards and the related activities have subsequent NIH or foundation funding and publications as their anticipated outcomes.