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SCCM offers several grant opportunities for critical care professionals seeking funding for activities that aim to improve care.
Do you have an idea for furthering the highest quality care for patients facing life-threatening conditions or for improving the delivery of patient-centered care? Put your idea to the test. The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) offers several grant opportunities for critical care professionals seeking funding for activities that aim to improve care. In addition to the SCCM-Weil Research and Norma J. Shoemaker grants, critical care professionals may apply for support from outside funding sources.
The application portal for the SCCM Research Grants opens April 1, 2021 and closes June 1, 2021. In order to be eligible to apply for an SCCM grant, the applicant should be an SCCM Professional or Select Member.
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. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
You must be an SCCM Professional or Select Member to apply for the SCCM research grants and section travel grants. Join SCCM or upgrade your membership at any time.
The principal investigator must be a current Professional or Select member and must maintain SCCM membership throughout the life of the grant. Applications are encouraged from both junior and established investigators. Junior investigators (defined as those having no prior independent National Institutes of Health [NIH] funding of R01 or equivalent within 10 years of finishing their training) may request independent support or may include a research mentor who is also an SCCM member and can demonstrate strong research credentials in the areas of clinical and outcomes research.
SCCM policy states that committee members who are mentioned in an application as an applicant’s mentor, have written a letter of support, or work in the same institution as the applicant must excuse themselves from the deliberations.
Special eligibility criteria: Discovery Grant proposals are required to have a timeline for completion within 12 months. The Discovery grant proposal should include collaboration between at least 2 institutions (multi-institutional studies). The Discovery grant proposal requires submission of a plan for engagement of junior investigators (if applicable), plan for future extramural funding for the study and discussion on how this proposal would facilitate extramural funding for future multicenter studies involving Discovery. Discovery proposals that engage Discovery resources (such as data coordination, clinical site coordination, project management, etc.) will be prioritized.
Find a Full List of Resources on the SCCM Discovery Webpage
The principal investigator must be a current SCCM member and must maintain SCCM membership throughout the life of the grant. Applications are encouraged from both junior and established investigators. Junior investigators (defined as those having no prior independent National Institutes of Health [NIH] funding of R01 or equivalent within 10 years of finishing their training) may request independent support or may include a research mentor who is also an SCCM member and can demonstrate strong research credentials in the areas of clinical and outcomes research.
Resubmission of Previously Submitted Grant Applications
Any grant proposal that was previously submitted for any SCCM grant and not selected may be resubmitted twice, with indication given that the proposal is a resubmission. Proposals may be submitted a total of three times. A one-page overview of the recommended modifications made to the original proposal must precede the body of the proposal. This one-page overview does not count as part of the body of the proposal.
Applications will be reviewed and scored by the SCCM Review Committee. Each application will be assigned to a group of reviewers. Proposals will be scored based on scientific merit and the potential to positively impact patient care in the ICU. No special consideration will be given to applicants based on faculty rank or research experience; however, demonstration of an appropriate research environment and strong mentorship is essential for the less-experienced applicant. Applications that do not follow the administrative rules will be returned to the applicant without committee review.
Research Grant Scoring
The grants are scored on a scale of 1 to 9, with 1 being exceptional and 9 being poor.
After the review and scoring process is completed, the Review Committee will select the recipients. Final grant recipients are selected by the SCCM Secondary Review Committee. Grant recipients must be approved by SCCM’s Executive Council. Grant recipients are expected to provide a summary of research progress and a financial report after the award is funded, similar to that required by NIH, as well as an update two years after the award is funded. Grant recipients will also be required to submit a poster abstract within three years of the grant receipt for blind review for presentation at SCCM’s annual Congress. A second copy of the abstract must be submitted to the Review Committees via the SCCM Executive Office.
SCCM policy states that companies are not permitted to select or influence the award process or selection of recipients. SCCM will appoint independent committees to select grant recipients based on peer review of proposals.