Cambridge Health Alliance CEO Pat Wardell in collaboration with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation founded the Clinical Learning Environment Innovation Grants Program in 2014.

The program aims to enlist graduate-level trainees in improving the clinical learning environment at CHA – hospital units and clinics which care for patients AND nurture the development of health care professionals.  All graduate level trainees in CHA-sponsored medical education programs are eligible to apply for up to $3000 of grant funding to support initiatives that will improve both the patient experience of care and the staff experience of caring. 

Particular areas of interest for the 2016-2017 program are:

  1. Developing a culture of saftey
  2. Nurturing staff and provider engagement and experience
  3. Strengthening our partnership with patients
  4. Efforts to improve performance on identifies quality metrics
  5. Improving care transitions

Application Process:

  • Grants are intended to encourage trainee leadership of action research. Priority will be given to change initiatives that have a clear aim, a practical change idea, and a measurement strategy that will allow us to determine that the change represents an improvement.
  • Action research within your own organization requires intentional partnership with key stakeholders and is most successful when project aims can be aligned with larger institutional aims.
  • Trainees are encouraged to collaborate across training programs, with multidisciplinary colleagues, and patients.

The CEO CLER Innovation Grants Program is administered through the CHA Academic Council.  The Award Selection Committee includes institutional and GME leadership with representation from our four largest ACGME-sponsored primary training programs. If you have any questions, please contact



The 2018-2019 selection process is in progress.

The next call for submissions will be released July 2019.