This program is dedicated to funding innovations and empowering ideas that directly impact and improve bedside care and clinical practice today. It seeks to support projects emphasizing effective and efficient bedside practices to achieve the best possible outcomes.

  • The Frontline Innovation Program will continue to grant projects with a cap of $10,000.
  • The Institute will also consider additional funding for highly intriguing projects that are strategic in nature and align closely with UPMC’s clinical priorities. Such projects may be granted (but will not exceed) funding of up to $25,000.
  • The next round of Frontline Innovation grants will be solicited in July, 2021, selected in October, 2021, and awarded in December, 2021.

COVID-19 Relief Grant

From April 27 to May 11, 2020, the Frontline Innovation Program — through the support and leadership of Nick and Dottie Beckwith — launched its COVID-19 Relief Grant campaign. All UPMC employees were invited to submit ideas to support the physical and emotional wellness of UPMC patients, staff members, and the communities UPMC serves.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Relief Grant (PDF).

Success Stories

Examples of recent funding granted on behalf of the Frontline Innovation Program include:

How to Apply

The application window for Frontline Innovation grants will open Monday, August 2, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2021.


The Frontline Innovation Program board is chaired by Beckwith Institute co-founder, Dotty Beckwith.

Her gratitude for the compassionate care she received at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in 1990 inspired the founding of this Institute.