Igniting innovation in health care delivery

Open to all Ariadne Associate Faculty, core faculty, and staff, Spark Grants provide six months to one year of seed funding for new projects. The Spark Grant program was founded in 2012 to “spark” new and early-stage ideas focused on addressing gaps in health care and improving delivery of care.

All grants are advised by the Innovation Platform. Each Spark Grant Project Team is led by a content area specialist and includes expert support in research, design, implementation, and measurement to create a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team.

The 2024- 2025 Ariadne Labs Spark Grant program is currently accepting proposals

The Challenge

Ariadne Labs strives to continuously innovate to close gaps in health care and improve care for all patients. Often, investigators may struggle to secure funding for early-stage projects that do not yet have proven results. The Spark Grant Program provides investigators with funding to explore new questions and generate the early results needed to pursue more traditional funding opportunities.

Our Impact

Spark Grants have supported a variety of project areas, ranging from investigating new methods of communicating in clinical settings, to developing new ways to measure health system functioning. The Program is a critical piece of Ariadne Labs’ work to support continuous innovation in new areas of the health care system and allows us to continue to grow our community. Many projects that began as Spark Grants have also become larger programs within the Ariadne Labs portfolio of work. 

projects funded
projects became larger initiatives at Ariadne Labs

Interested in applying?

Ariadne Labs releases an annual request for proposals in the first quarter of each calendar year. Applications have two rounds: a letter of intent round and an invitation-only full application round. If you have any questions or are interested in our Spark Grant Program please email