The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently awarded a grant to CMSS to promote diagnostic excellence across the field of medicine. With this funding, CMSS will provide up to 10 grant awards to CMSS members through an external review process to support the development of resources and programs focused on diagnostic excellence, including diagnostic safety, quality, and equity. Read the press release here.

Key Dates:

  • April 29: Letters of Intent due (click here for Request for LOI)
  • May 16: CMSS requests full proposals based on review of letters of intent
  • July 1: Full grant Proposals due


  • April 18 - Informational Session for CMSS Members. CMSS will host an informational webinar for CMSS member societies interested in learning more about this grant opportunity. The session will include time for questions and answers.
  • Recording: See the Informational Session Recording using this passcode - &Nd*7wTi
  • Informational Session PowerPoint Slides


  • Who is eligible to apply? All CMSS members are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to specialties with more limited prior engagement in diagnostic excellence. Non-members are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Will joint submissions by societies be considered? Yes, CMSS members may jointly submit letters of intent with appropriate justification for how the collaboration will support diagnostic excellence across specialties.
  • Can a member society submit more than one application for the grant? A CMSS member society may submit more than one Letter of Intent. However, each society will only be invited to submit one full proposal.
  • What will the grant awards be? CMSS will make 10 awards in the amount of $100,000 each to CMSS members to support the development and dissemination of resources and programs on diagnostic excellence by specialty societies.
  • Are there any preferences for program proposal content or focus? Programmatic preference will be given to societies that focus on clinical areas that represent a signification portion of preventable harm from diagnostic errors in the society’s specialty, as well as the highest risk clinical areas, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and infection. Preference will also be given to proposals that focus on equity in diagnostic excellence.


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