Innovative thinking.
Advancing Standards of Care.

Our Mission

The Beckwith Institute champions innovations that result in transformational changes in the practice and delivery of health care to benefit patients and their communities.

We fund collaborative projects and research initiatives spanning the health care spectrum, applying new ideas, provider experiences, technology, and analytics to address real problems and seize emerging opportunities—with the goal of achieving transferrable solutions that will advance the standards of care nationwide.

Questions on the Clinical Transformation call for proposals? Please email Cassandra Heinle at

The Beckwith Institute supports initiatives that innovate and improve the patient/family interface with clinical processes.

Our programs work in concert to achieve a single goal: to significantly improve patient care.

If you have an idea or innovation that will help improve patient care, you can begin the application process.

The Day of Conversation is an annual UPMC campaign intended to spur conversations about advance care planning.

Explore Our Grant Programs

The Beckwith Institute is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes by empowering both clinicians, researchers, and patients to explore innovations that introduce new ways of improving health care.

As the health care industry continues to grow and change, so does the need to adapt funding to most significantly influence innovation. Annually, The Beckwith Institute seeks pioneering ideas to support patients and the advancement of transformative care delivery models and research.

Clinical Transformation Program

This program provides impactful, high-level funding in support of breakthrough discoveries leading to advancements in such emerging fields as immunotherapy and other leading-edge science. The Institute supports pioneering research that seeks to address some of medicine’s greatest challenges — with the priority of accelerating the transfer of that new knowledge from the research lab to the bedside.

Frontline Innovation Program

This program is dedicated to funding innovations and empowering ideas that directly impact and improve bedside care and clinical practice today. The goal of this program is to support UPMC staff in a shared objective: to apply the most effective and efficient bedside practices to reach the best possible outcomes.

“Thanks to The Beckwith Institute, the youth leaders have demonstrated that there are many pathways to success when transitioning to adult health care. Inherent to success, however, is that youth be afforded the opportunity to choose their own pathway.”

– Jonathan Pletcher, MD, Children’s Hospital of UPMC