​About DARE

Founded in 2018, under the leadership of Rich Isaacs and the Associate Executive Directors, DARE provides infrastructure, connections, and analytic support to clinician-researchers for answering questions that will change care. It fosters collaborations between clinician-investigators and Division of Research scientists and provides support from initial idea development to when data informs implementation so that they may conduct impactful research that is efficient and collaborative in design, and produces acceptable and implementable results.


The DARE program includes:
  • Multiple funding mechanisms for investigations of varying duration/complexity;
  • The Physician Researcher Program, providing high-level support for selected clinicians across specialties;
  • A one-stop idea/funding submission portal and efficient core administrative team;
  • Specialty-specific research networks that build communities of evidence-driven clinicians.
  • Research tools, collaborations, and funding

Delivery Science Grants

Eligible projects must have the support and collaboration of clinical program leaders. Projects are co-led by a TPMG physician and a Division of Research scientist. Grants support projects up to 24 m​onths in length and $250,000 in cost.

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Rapid Analytics Unit

The Rapid Analytics Unit (RAU) collaborates with TPMG physicians on rapid-turnaround projects in high-priority areas. Typical projects take up to 12 months to complete and use only existing data.

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Targeted Analysis Program

The Targeted Analysis Program (TAP) supports projects co-led by a KP Division of Research scientist and a regional clinical/operational leader. Eligible projects must use existing data and be feasible within 6 months with a budget of $36,000 or less.

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Physician Researcher Program

The Physician Researcher Program (PRP) supports a select group of TPMG physicians to devote part of their time to conducting research. This program helps clinical leaders translate their research ideas into studies that improve patient care.

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Specialty Research Networks

Specialty Research Networks connect clinicians within a given specialty, and provide them with additional resources, research partners, and a flow of ideas to help optimize collaboration on fixing shortcomings that they see in their field.

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