SAEMF/Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) Research Grant

Status: Closed
Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

The following is an overview of the SAEMF/AWAEM Research Grant. For complete instructions on applying, please see the Detailed Instructions. For submission instructions and SAEMF policies, visit How To Apply. For answers to other common questions, visit our Grants FAQ, or email 

All application components, including letters of support, must be submitted electronically in a single file (PDF format only) attached to an email to The subject line of the email should indicate the grant for which the applicant is applying (AWAEM Research Grant). 

All applications must be received by 5 pm (Central time) on their due date. No additional material (e.g. updates, publications, corrections, etc.) will be accepted after the application deadline.


Applicants must use the most current version of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PHS 398 forms which can be downloaded at: If there are questions regarding formatting, formatting which conforms to NIH guidelines will always be accepted. 

The latest NIH biosketch format should be used. 

Font type and size for the application should be Arial 11 point, including literature cited. Single line spacing is acceptable. Figures, charts, tables, and legends or captions may be in smaller size font but must be clear and legible. 

Blank/plain paper can be used as needed in lieu of continuation pages when no form is specified to be used. The margins must be top: 0.8, bottom: 0.5, left: 0.5, right: 0.5.

Submissions must be no longer than 5 pages excluding references. All proposals will include specific aims, background significance, preliminary work (if applicable) research strategy, and deliverables/next steps. NIH biosketches are required for both the applicant and mentor. The mentor should submit a mentorship plan and testament to support the applicant for the duration of the award. Two letters of reference are requested, with one from the department chair or equivalent. Please include a proposed budget and budget justification for how funds will be allocated during the one-year period.


To support one early career investigator (fellow, instructor, assistant professor) who wishes to address a research question in line with the core ideology of the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. This award is intended to allow for preliminary data collection, analysis or collection of pilot data that will further support greater research endeavors.


A. To enhance the recruitment, promotion, and retention of women in academic emergency medicine throughout their careers. To supply our members with readily available materials to promote professional development and notify them of leadership opportunities both within Emergency Medicine and schools of medicine. To support women in academic Emergency Medicine through recognition of their accomplishments, mentorship and networking, and by promoting collaboration both among the AWAEM membership as well as other national medical organizations.

B. To identify gender gaps and organizational practices that hamper the advancement of women emergency medicine practitioners and researchers and also address these issues through the development and promotion of best practices and career strategies for women in Emergency Medicine.

C. To advance research that supports 1) the core purposes of the organization, and 2) leads to an understanding of the role that sex and gender play in emergency patient care



The Applicant

All applicants should be board certified (or board eligible) in Emergency Medicine. Applicants will have some prior research experience and apply in collaboration with a mentor with significant research experience. The intent of the mentor is to provide methodologic and content guidance, and to ensure completion of the outlined work.


Applicants can request up to $5,000 to support research materials or research assistant support. *Note: All SAEMF grants must be awarded to an allowable institution in accordance with IRS guidelines. Grants are not awarded to individuals.


The award is for one year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)


A progress report is due on December 1 subsequent to the start of the grant period. The final project and financial report are due June 30th at the end of the grant period. The progress report template can be downloaded at Post Award. These reports will be prepared independently by the awardee and mentor and submitted to SAEMF.


At the conclusion of the grant award year (June 30th), the awardee is expected to provide SAEMF with a report outlining the work completed during the project. Additionally, the awardee will be required to submit an abstract detailing their results to the SAEM Annual Meeting/Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Meeting. Awardees can also decide if they wish to participate in regional meetings as well.


The Grants Committee, with representation from the academy, is responsible for the review of all applications and will make recommendations to the SAEMF Board of Trustees regarding recipients. A scoring system considering the overall impact and association with the AWAEM mission, feasibility, approach and investigator will be assessed.

Grant submissions will be evaluated for overall impact of the content and its association with the AWAEM Core Ideology. Both feasibility and approach will be evaluated, as this is only a one-year grant and the expectation is that the work will be completed at the close of the grant period. The applicant (and mentor) will be evaluated for their ability to conduct the proposed project and their potential for further work in areas aligned with the AWAEM mission.


Please email the SAEM Grants Committee at with any questions related to this grant.

Updated May 24, 2018


If human or animal experimentation is to be performed during the period of the award, the department and institution to be used as the training site must affirm that: (1) investigations involving human subjects proposed and subsequently carried out in the application have been endorsed and approved by the IRB, or other clearly designated appropriate body, at the study site; (2) any research involving human subjects will conform ethically with the guidelines prescribed by the NIH; and (3) research involving animals will conform with the current "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", NIH publication, of the Department of Health and Human Services/United States Public Health Service (DHHS/USPHS), and has been approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee at the study site.


Applicants and institutions are required by SAEMF to comply with the USPHS regulations, Final Rule, 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart F: Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research. The applicant’s and mentor’s institution or host institution official’s signature on the signature page of the application indicates compliance that an institutional administrative process is in effect to identify and resolve conflicting financial interests of the type described in Subpart 50.604(a) with respect to all projects for which funding is sought from SAEMF.


All inventions discovered or arising out of research supported in whole or in part by SAEMF, which may be used in emergency medicine research, teaching, or practice, shall be reported within one (1) year to SAEMF. "Invention" is any discovery, material, method, process, product, program, software or app (mobile, application software, web application, etc) of use, whether or not patented or patentable or copyrighted or copyrightable, that has application of value such that its use, licensing, lease, or sale can generate revenue. 

If the institution receiving or disbursing SAEMF funds that supported the invention has an established and applicable patent, intellectual property, or technology transfer policy/procedure for administering inventions, SAEMF will defer to that policy.  If the institution has no established and applicable patent, intellectual property, or technology transfer policy/procedure for administering inventions, SAEMF shall have the right to determine the disposition of invention rights. In such cases, SAEMF may:

  1. Determine that patent and copyright should be or should not be filed;
  2. Release the invention to the inventor(s) or inventor's designee;
  3. Submit the invention to a qualified organization for administration and licensing;
  4. Determine by negotiation the fair share of royalty income to be paid to the inventor(s);
  5. License or make other arrangements for the application and use of the invention with terms on exclusivity and royalty payments determined by SAEMF.