Public University Partnership Program (PUPP)

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The Louisiana Public University Partnership Program (PUPP) is an innovative funding program between Louisiana Medicaid and Louisiana public universities and colleges to support research that address innovation within Medicaid services. Drawing upon its educational knowledge and vast expertise across multiple disciplines, universities can support policy analysis through research proposals that align with Medicaid priorities.  Research can consist of a new project or an expansion of existing efforts. Successful proposals will demonstrate how its findings will promote delivery of evidence-based, high-quality, accessible, and cost-effective care to Louisiana Medicaid members. LDH can only support projects that directly further the proper and efficient administration of the Louisiana Medicaid program.

Medicaid Priorities:

  • Improving maternal and neonatal outcomes
  • Improving early childhood health and development
  • Improving health outcomes from the most common causes of morbidity and mortality with an emphasis on preventive health
  • Improving outcomes related to mental health and substance use disorders
  • Understanding and reducing health disparities and improving health equity
  • Increasing uptake of evidence-based care and reduce utilization of low-value care.

Value Proposition to the University or College:

PUPP is a funding opportunity for cross-disciplinary university research from medicine, social and behavioral science, public health, public policy, health economics, data science and other disciplines. Partnerships with public colleges and universities provide an opportunity to leverage innovation that can inform Medicaid program development and operations and guide decisions about allocation of scarce resources.

PUPP funding is offered as cost-sharing with the university designating up to 50% of their research budget as public expenditures for the Medicaid administrative match. This allows for addition of new or expanding current research dollars at the universities or colleges.

Commitment to Diversity:

The Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH’s) commitment to supporting research through the PUPP extends to the 2023 Business Plan, which includes a goal to "Provide directed outreach and education on PUPP to all Louisiana public universities and colleges, with a focus on Historically Black Colleges or Universities, to increase the number and diversity of applicants in this and subsequent years."

PUPP applicants and awardees should be aware of the LDH Diversity and Inclusion Statement: LDH characterizes diversity as representing the differences and similarities of all of us that include, for example, individual characteristics (e.g., disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation), values, beliefs, experiences and backgrounds. LDH also characterizes inclusion as creating a work environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the work of our agency. This is inclusive of LDH also building its capacity to create, support and/ or fund (i.e., via programming projects and contracts) efforts that do not discriminate against people, populations, and/or communities due to disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. LDH believes that diversity and inclusion aid in more equitably achieving its mission – “…protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for citizens of the State of Louisiana”.

Eligible Organizations: 

Any public institution of postsecondary education in Louisiana governed by the Board of Regents, the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, or the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges that is engaged in health sciences research.

  • Private non-profit and private for-profit colleges and universities are  not eligible for this opportunity.

Full details of this opportunity, along with application submission requirements, are outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (Coming Soon).