Global patient safety and wellbeing research initiative considers grant applications

MPS Foundation grant program
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The MPS Foundation—a global not-for-profit research initiative that aims to shape the future of patient safety—has launched its second grant program.

Medical Protection Society (MPS)—of which Dental Protection is part—launched The MPS Foundation last year and its first research grant program received over 150 expressions of interest. Ten applicants were successful in securing funding for their research.

Recently the Foundation invited new research grant applications from both MPS members and non-members (calls for expressions of interest closed on 5 May). It will invest in research and analysis with a key focus on patient safety and the wellbeing of healthcare professionals and teams, both medical and dental, and applications will again be considered from the jurisdictions, including Australia, where MPS has members. 

Research projects supported by The MPS Foundation need to be academically robust and evidence-based. Available funding will range from AUD $9220 to AUD $368,839—depending on the scale, focus and duration of the proposal.

The funding focuses on five main areas:

  • the impact of human factors on patient safety, outcomes and risk
  • the impact of processes and delivery models on patient safety, outcomes and risk
  • the personal and professional wellbeing and development of clinicians
  • the impact of digital integration and technology on patient safety, outcomes and risk.
  • the evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and learning innovations and the impact upon patient care, safety, outcomes and risk.

“Patient safety and the wellbeing of dental professionals and teams are more vital today than ever,” MPS Foundation chair Dr Graham Stokes said.

“Until now, funding for research into both has been limited, but this is all set to change with access to research funding through The MPS Foundation. As a global not-for-profit research initiative, we aim to take non-clinical research in a new direction and transform the future of patient safety.”

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