The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several opportunities for critical care professionals seeking funding for activities that aim to improve care. The SCCM funding opportunities for fiscal year 2018 are as follows:
- SCCM-Weil Research Grant: Two SCCM-Weil Research Grants of $50,000 each are awarded annually to SCCM members for research to be carried out in basic, translational or clinical research. The SCCM-Weil Research Grant award process is supported by the Scientific Review Committee.
- Discovery Research Grant: Discovery Research Grants totaling $100,000 will be awarded annually to SCCM members as new pilot grants under the auspices of the SCCM-Weil Research Trust. The Discovery Research Grant award process is supported by the Discovery Steering Committee.
SCCM seeks to sponsor research efforts that will ultimately improve patient care in the intensive care unit (ICU) and after ICU discharge. Investigator-initiated research should help advance and improve our understanding of critical illness and patient care.
Interest is broad. Applications are encouraged that focus on expanding our basic knowledge of critical illness, clinical interventions to improve patient outcomes and technical aspects such as electronic surveillance systems, as well as studies exploring cultural and educational factors among ICU staff that either impede or facilitate a climate promoting best practices and error reduction. Priority will be given to projects that have broad relevance and/or community engagement. For example, single-center projects should specifically address the potential to generalize their findings to other critical care settings.
Only one application may be submitted by each investigator. Each application should fit into one of the following key research priority areas:
General Principles: Developing and applying rigorous methodology to basic, clinical, health services and translational research experimental design and to the evaluation of evidence. Developing better models of critical illness and incorporating novel approaches in bench research to account for variations in patients, care strategies and therapeutic interventions. Integrating new areas of research, scientific disciplines and technology into the study of critical illness.
Basic Science/Cellular Research: Investigating the role of the host response in initiation, transition and resolution of critical illnesses. Defining the normal microbiome and investigating its role and transitions in critical illnesses. Integrating research in the biology of tissue repair with investigation into mechanisms that underlie critical illnesses.
Translational Research: Integration of studies of critical care mechanisms and interventions and application of rigorous, standardized methodology to study design. Investigating the reasons for treatment effects and management of disease progression.
Clinical Research: Developing methods for the rapid, early recognition of acute, severe disease in patients at high risk for imminent deterioration. Developing minimally invasive, biocompatible organ support, focusing on therapeutic manipulation of the neuroinflammatory state and exploring new approaches that enhance patient comfort while reducing the need to manipulate consciousness. Identifying the best process and outcome measurements for critical illness research and palliative and end-of-life care.
Health Service and Delivery Research: Identifying variables that affect outcomes and developing meaningful and reproducible performance metrics and improvement processes, including those related to quality improvement and patient safety. Measuring the effectiveness of interventions to measure and treat prevalent and/or distressing patient and family symptoms. Identifying strategies to improve communication and coordination of care delivery and determining which tools, processes and programs (e.g., checklists and multidisciplinary rounds) most effectively promote knowledge transfer and implementation. Examining factors related to establishing a positive learning environment (e.g., technological advances, minimizing cognitive overload and avoidance of burnout), strategies for preventing errors and facilitating error reporting, and assessing the effects on patient outcomes.
Education Research: Incorporating cognitive psychology, systems engineering, social science and simulations into critical care education and training. Refining team-based learning, including examining differences between high- and low-performing units and determining in which scenarios team-based learning has the greatest value.
Patients and Families: Survivorship and Recovery: Investigator-initiated research to help advance and improve our understanding of survivorship from critical illness, as well as support and improve the experiences of survivors and their families. Clinical interventions to improve patient experiences or outcomes, identification of modifiable mechanisms or testing of innovations that promote recovery or explorations of cultural and educational factors among survivors to facilitate networks and improve support.
Please check back in spring 2017 for information on submitting a proposal for the 2018 SCCM grants.