The growing pressure for health care providers to administer cost-effective, patient-centered care has contributed to changes in our health care system, making informatics platforms ubiquitous. Most health science centers host large clinical data warehouses (CDWs), and store vast amounts of heterogeneous data from a variety of sources, such as data from electronic health record systems (EHRs), claims data, national surveys and databases such as NHANES, biological sequences, images, etc. CHOIR strives to leverage our informatics infrastructure and data analytics capabilities to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities, and to develop health outcomes and informatics expertise across Loyola University Chicago (LUC), Loyola University Health System (LUHS; our academic medical center partner), and Trinity Health. In this call for proposals, we are soliciting proposals that align with CHOIR’s mission, and which will generate preliminary data for subsequent federal funding applications (e.g. National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, etc.) Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Leveraging clinical notes to enhance diagnoses in the EHR
  • Developing of computable phenotypes
  • Creating methodologies of health-related data collection, aggregation, harmonization, and analysis
  • Studies using smartphones and other wearable technologies to improve health outcomes across diverse populations
  • Developing software and/or mobile applications to improve health-related behavior (e.g. adherence to dietary and physical activity programs, smoking cessation, cancer screening and prevention)
  • Integrating patient-generated data into care delivery
  • Developing data analysis methodologies for semantic data integration
  • Creating data analysis methodologies for analysis of health care data, in particular longitudinal data
  • Developing natural language processing techniques for clinical notes processing

This funding opportunity is open to the entire LUC/LUHS community, and multidisciplinary projects across departments, schools, and campus are strongly encouraged to apply.


The PI/co-PI must be Loyola faculty.  Co-investigators and other senior personnel may be faculty or staff.

Funding Details

The CHOIR steering committee will entertain proposals up to $50,000 total for a period of up to two years.

Funding is limited. The budget must be accurate, conservative, and carefully reflective of the work. No cost extensions are not allowed under this funding mechanism. Funds may not be used to cover faculty salary. Proposals should be single-spaced and must follow the CHOIR pilot project submission template. Funding is competitive; this invitation does not guarantee funding.

Please email the full proposal to Kelly Quinn. Direct questions to K. Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Interim Chair Health Informatics & Data Science, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health.