CHESTPress ReleasesQuality improvement grant opportunity for ILD

Quality improvement grant opportunity available through CHEST

Glenview, Illinois – The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) invites applicants to submit proposals for deploying a quality improvement (QI) demonstration project in support of the goals of  Bridging Specialties™: Timely Diagnosis for ILD. Launched in collaboration with Three Lakes Foundation, the Bridging Specialties initiative aims to reduce time to diagnosis for patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) such as pulmonary fibrosis.

Interested applicants should provide a proposal that aims to assess the efficacy of the resources available through the Bridging Specialties project and to operationalize their use in practice settings and collect outcomes to evaluate impact. Up to two grants of $150,000 each will be distributed.

The application contains prompts including but not limited to:

  • Describe a plan for implementing toolkit/resources in practice.

  • Describe gaps that will be addressed through implementation of toolkit/resources in practice.

  • Describe the process for outcomes data, including approach, methodology, analysis and reporting.

  • Describe the impact the proposed QI project will have on improving health outcomes for historically marginalized populations.

“Bridging Specialties is focused on bringing together experts with a shared goal from different fields to work together to affect practice,” says William Lago, MD, Family Medicine Physician at the Cleveland Clinic in Wooster, Ohio, and member of the Bridging Specialties steering committee. “By sourcing for proposals on how to implement what our committee created, we’re welcoming more people and more ideas to reach our collective goal of reducing the time to diagnosis for ILD.”

The resources created by the steering committee, comprised of leading pulmonologists and family physicians, are part of an educational toolkit including e-learning modules, a downloadable patient questionnaire, interactive decision-making tools and more.

To learn more and submit a proposal, visit The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 14.

About the American College of Chest Physicians
The American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) is the global leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chest diseases. Its mission is to champion advanced clinical practice, education, communication and research in chest medicine. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 19,000+ members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians, and its flagship journal CHEST®, visit