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The University of Maryland Medical Center Innovation Challenge is a competition hosted by Dr. Bert O'Malley, UMMC senior leadership, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The Innovation Challenge was launched in March 2021 with the goal of capturing new ideas and concepts, and to harness innovative spirit at the UMMC Downtown and Midtown campuses. Each year, the Innovation Challenge funds up to six inventive projects that advance health outcomes and improve the care experience. The projects have a 12-18 month timeline for completion. 

The Innovation Challenge saw great success in its first year with nearly 100 applications received. From those applications, a total of six awards were given in July 2021, including three for $125K and three for $25K. These projects are now complete.

In 2022, UMMC partnered with UMB to support a second cohort of Innovation Challenge awardees. A total of six awards were given in January 2023 including three for $125k and three for $25k. These projects are currently in progress

Have a Great Idea? Interested in Applying to the 2023 Innovation Challenge?

Intent to Apply Deadline - September 15, 2023

The continued interest and organizational appetite for innovation will bring the Innovation Challenge back for the third year in a row. Another six awards will be given in December 2023. The Intent to Apply deadline is September 15 and the full application is due October 6.

Innovation Challenge Team

Rajabrata Sarkar, MD, PhD, Vascular Surgery

Rajabrata Sarkar, MD, PhD
Division Head, Vascular Surgery
Vice Chair for Clinical Operations for the Department of Surgery
Director of Faculty Group Practice Operations
Innovation Challenge Program Mentor

Coleen Hughes Dricsoll, MD, Department of Pediatrics

Colleen Hughes Driscoll, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Drs Rouben and Violet JiJi Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Innovation Challenge Program Mentor

Victoria FranciesVictoria Francies, MPH, MBA-HA
Director, Clinical Effectiveness

Makensey Schuchart
Innovation Challenge Project Manager

Contact Us

Questions? Please email UMMC_Innovate@umm.edu.