Patient Care Funds

CIR residents recognize that advocating for patients also means ensuring there is adequate funding to provide cutting-edge medical technology, conduct research, and implement innovations that help save the lives of patients who would otherwise fall through the cracks.

Patient care funds can be used to:

  • Purchase equipment,
  • Purchase educational materials, and
  • Cover patient safety quality improvement projects.

To find out if your hospital has negotiated this benefit, visit your hospital page here.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • Glidescopes, microscopes, simulation equipment (California)
  • Medication safety conferences, research fairs (New York)
  • Skateboard helmets for youth, pharmacy vouchers for indigent patients (New Mexico)
  • Developed program to treat hundreds of refugees from over 70 countries (Massachusetts)

Patient Care Funds give CIR residents a say in how best to provide for our patients.

Application Information:

NYC Health + Hospitals Patient Care Trust Fund

Funding to support residents, patient care, and public health at NYC Health + Hospitals

Application Portal opens September 5, 2023

Research/Community Project Grant (Fall 2023)

Individual and team-based clinical & quality improvement research and patient/community advocacy projects.

Application open: September 6, 2023
Application due: October 27, 2023
Applicant notified: Mid December 2023

Equipment/Education Materials Grant (2023)

Funding to acquire departmental medical, simulation, and educational resources.

Application open: September 6, 2023
Application due: December 31, 2023
Applicant Notified: Late March 2024

Holiday Grant

Grants for residents to host end-of-year/holiday events for Peds patients and care teams. Peds and Peds subspecialty programs only.

Application open: September 6, 2023
Application due: November 3, 2023
Applicant notified: Late November 2023

Research/Community Project Grant (Winter 2024)

Individual and team-based clinical & quality improvement research and patient/community advocacy projects.

Application open: February 3, 2024
Application due: March 31, 2024
Applicant notified: May 2024

For more information, contact Michael Velarde, Values-Based Organizing Funds Director, at


For access to applications for the following hospitals contact the respective organizer for that hospital:

Highland/Alameda County Medical Center
San Francisco General Hospital
Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center
Harbor UCLA
California Hospital
St. Mary Medical Center


If you are NOT a CIR member, a letter of support from a CIR member is required for your application to be reviewed. The letter should briefly explain how the CIR member believes the funding of your request will improve patient care.

Boston Medical Center
Cambridge Health Alliance

New Mexico

At UNM a resident-led committee manages an annual application process to allocate funding throughout the year. Previous projects have included an Accuvein vein finder for the NICU, a C-MAC for intubations in the ED, and therapeutic toys for the child psychiatry clinics.

Click here to apply.


This grant is designed to provide funds to projects that will lead to improvement in quality of patient care at Jackson Hospital.

Click here to apply.

  • Applicant and Organization Information
  • Project Proposal and Information
  • Cover Letter
  • Letter of Support signed by Program Director and Faculty (Project) Advisor
  • Itemized Budget

NY Voluntary

Please contact the respective organizer for your hospital for information about this grant.