Hillman Serious Illness and End of Life Emergent Innovation [Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation]

Proposals Due: 29.4 2019. Grant awards will accelerate the development of bold, nursing-driven interventions targeting the unmet serious illness and end of life needs of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people experiencing homelessness, rural populations, and others. Particular emphasis will be placed on creative, early stage (untested or minimal-evidence) innovations that challenge traditional approaches to serious illness and end of life care.

Applications welcome from a broad range of institutions, care settings and practitioners (including postdocs, adjunct faculty and interdisciplinary faculty).


  • U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not classified as private foundations. (The Foundation will consider only organizations that can provide proof of qualifying non-profit status, including a tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.)
  • International organizations that are the equivalent of U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations that are submitting a project that focuses within the United States
  • Government entities
  • Faith-based organizations that welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief

Up to five year-long grants of USD $50,000 each will be awarded. Priority consideration will be given to proposals that include one or more of the following:

  • Engagement of patients, families, caregivers, and/or community organizations
  • Inter-professional or multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Institutional and community partnerships
  • Provision of care in non-hospital settings
  • Measurable goals and outcomes