Stimulating Collaborative Research

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The Osher Center for Integrative Health is working to stimulate a collaborative research environment in which the Osher Center is a leader in identifying the integrative medicine educational needs of healthcare providers and their patients. Our goal is to engage in research which will identify and inform best practices to help regional providers initiate and sustain integrative medicine, and to broadly disseminate that knowledge. The Osher Center draws upon the experience and skills of seasoned researchers in the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Nursing, as well as from disciplines across the University of Washington, institutions within our region, and among the Osher Collaborative.

The Osher Center partnered with the WWAMI Region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) on a research project entitled, What is needed to promote integrative health in clinical care? Perspectives of primary care providers in the WWAMI Region. The WPRN is comprised of clinical practices in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Their mission is “To improve the health and well-being of patients in their communities, through the conduct of collaborative research that informs and enhances primary care clinical practice.” This study determined what information/knowledge primary care providers need to encourage integrative practices throughout the region.

Annual awards

Each year the UW Osher Center for Integrative Health funds small research projects conducted by University of Washington faculty members, fellows, and residents. The purpose of these grants is to stimulate scholarship in integrative medicine.  


Evaluation criteria

  • Importance of research topic to integrative health

  • Use of appropriate study design and methods

  • Feasibility of completing project within one year and within budget

  • Relevance for promoting equity, diversity and/or inclusion


Funds available

A total of $10,000 will be available to fund up to three grant projects annually. The maximum available per grant is $5000. Grant funds are to cover research costs such as survey mailings or hourly research staff time. Funds are not eligible to be used to support faculty FTE.


Length of grant

The grant period is one year from the beginning of the project.



Brief progress reports will be due 3, 6, and 9 months after funding is awarded.  A final report describing the project and summarizing the findings will be due a year after funding. The final report should be in the form of a manuscript that could be submitted for publication.  



Please complete and submit the application. If you have any questions contact Dan Cherkin, UW Osher Center Director of Research, at 



Funding is limited so we advise early application before funds run out. 



Contact Dan Cherkin, UW Osher Center Director of Research, at if you have questions.