The TMC Grant Program in Collaborative Health Policy Research unites multiple perspectives to support innovative approaches to health policy. By enabling TMC’s leading policy researchers to share insights in a new way, the grant program integrates diverse expertise from multiple institutions. Awarding an annual total of $750,000, the program supports synergistic policy research among the Texas Medical Center’s 56 institutions.

Each research team includes collaborators from two or more TMC organizations working together for the first time. In addition, the team’s one-year project must promise results that benefit the health of Texas in the near future.

Current grant recipients are exploring policies related to at-risk populations, reducing readmissions, freestanding emergency departments and improving treatment of refugee children. Drawing on one another’s strengths and the resources of the Texas Medical Center, these teams are working to not only enhance policies but also improve the lives of the people they touch.

All grant requests are submitted online and reviewed by health policy experts from across the United States. Applicants should submit their proposals before September 30, 2016 by completing the application below. Others are encouraged to apply for the next program.

Current Research Initiatives

Increasing Health Care Access for At-Risk Populations: Research-Based Policies for Mobile Health Clinics
Robert Delgado, PI, UT-SPH, collaborators: University of Houston, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Texas Children’s Hospital

Tracking Implications of Freestanding Emergency Departments for Texans
Vivian Ho, PI, Rice University, collaborators: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Policies, Practices and Structures Impacting the Health and Care Access of Refugee Children
Kenneth Smith, PI, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, collaborators: University of Houston, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine

The TEXAS Project: Transitions Explored and Studied: Leveraging Data to Prevent Readmissions in the TMC
Robert Phillips, PI, Houston Methodist, collaborators: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, CHI-ST. Luke’s Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center


Robert Delgado

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Vivian Ho

Rice University


Kenneth Smith

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)


Robert Phillips

Houston Methodist