Caring Wisely FY 2023 Project Contest






UCSF Health and the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value (CHV) sponsors awards of up to $50,000 for one year to faculty and staff for collaborative projects that can be implemented to reduce waste and lower health care costs while maintaining or improving health at UCSF Health, which consists of UCSF Medical Center, Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and the UCSF faculty practice group and ambulatory clinics.



We invite the submission of any proposal that improves healthcare value at UCSF Health. UCSF Health is also particularly interested in proposals that address value improvement opportunities in one of the below areas:

  • Improve Hospital Throughput and Reduce Excess Inpatient Bed Days
  • Improve Outpatient, Inpatient, or Perioperative Clinical Access
  • Improve Health Equity
  • Reduce Hospital Acquired Conditions and Infections
  • Reduce Unnecessary Testing
  • Jan 23 - Mar 3 - Project Contest 1st Round

    Proposal Submission Deadline

    Proposal submissions due by 5pm | Fri., March 3, 2023

    • Projects with a projected direct cost savings of greater than $250,000 are more likely to be selected (click on the "Read important information about this forum" link on the home page to see more criteria for winning).
    • The Center for Healthcare Value will offer “Office Hours” to answer questions and provide guidance on cost analysis. Please email Jahan Fahimi ( and Catherine Lau ( to schedule a session.

    During this time, project teams should:

    • Build your core team and extended stakeholders interested in this problem.
    • Browse proposals and comment to improve others' proposal.
    • Review comments and provide additional information if necessary.
  • Mar 6 - Mar 13: 1st Round Review and announcement of 2nd Round Finalists
    • Proposal submissions are reviewed.
    • Selected finalists will be invited to proceed to the Optimization Phase.
    • 2nd Round Finalists announced by March 13th
  • Mar 13 - Mar 31: 2nd Round Finalists Optimization Phase

    Final updates to proposals must be complete before 5pm | Fri., March 31, 2023

    During this time, project teams should:

    • Optimize your proposal
      • Stay on top of OpenProposal comments, answer questions, and ask new ones!
    • Continue to build your core team and extended stakeholders interested in this problem
    • Obtain sign-off from the Executive Sponsor(s)
    • 2nd Round Finalists announced by March 13th
      • Any updates to Full Proposals must be completed prior to 5:00PM, Friday, March 31, 2023


  • Apr 3 - May 5: 2nd Round Review
    • Finalist proposals are reviewed.
  • May 8: FY24 Caring WiselyTM $50K Project Awards Announced

    Winners will be announced on Mon., May 8, 2023

Implementation Phase

Proposals (31 total)

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