Chancellor's Communique

Update on Anschutz Acceleration Initiative, 7-31-23

Dear colleagues,

We write today to say thank you to everyone who submitted a letter of intent to be considered for an award through the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative. We received 165 letters with proposals for a range of novel treatments, new approaches, and creative solutions to improve the quality of care we provide. These letters are a remarkable demonstration of the talent and ingenuity assembled on our campus.

When we announced the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative in June, we shared with you that these letters would be the first step in a process. This week, we will be following up with those who wrote letters with next steps. Some of those who wrote letters will be invited to submit full proposals, which are due October 18. Full proposals must provide metrics and milestones, benchmarks of success, a timeline and a budget. The expectations for a full proposal are described in the Request for Applications.

We are grateful to The Anschutz Foundation, which is making a $50 million gift to support projects that are poised to make a direct patient impact within three to five years. Through the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative, we will be providing awards of $5 million to $15 million to advance innovations in health that can make a transformational impact on patient care.

Members of the CU Anschutz community with university credentials can view all submitted letters on the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative website. We encourage all interested to review those letters because there are multiple opportunities for collaboration. We look forward to reviewing the full proposals from those who are invited to apply, and we plan to announce the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative awards in January 2024.

With gratitude,

Donald M. Elliman

John J. Reilly, Jr., MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine



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