Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Research Grant
Application Deadline: August 1, 2018
PURPOSE OF THE AWARD
The mission of the grant is to provide support for research proposals that evaluate the impact of point-of-care ultrasound on clinical practice or characterize point-of-care ultrasound learning curves. The purpose of this research grant is to fill knowledge gaps in the impact of point-of-care ultrasound on patient outcomes and the amount of training needed to achieve competence in performing point-of-care ultrasound. The research proposals can be:
- Ultrasound application-specific (e.g. assessing the impact of an ultrasound application with respect to diagnosis and management)
- Ultrasound practice-specific (e.g. comparing academic and community emergency departments with and without point-of-care ultrasound with respect to throughput, cost-effectiveness, patient safety, etc.)
- Focused on point-of-care ultrasound learning curves to identify performance plateaus for both image acquisition and interpretation.
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE ACADEMY OF EMERGENCY ULTRASOUND RESEARCH GRANT
The Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Research Grant proposal is expected to:
- Be novel, innovative, measurable and reproducible.
- Be relevant to the practice of point-of-care ultrasound.
- Provide evidence based research that advances the field of point-of-care ultrasound.
- Address patient outcomes or education in point-of-care ultrasound. Examples include:
- Comparing diagnostic accuracy/efficacy and cost-effectiveness of point-of-care ultrasound with other imaging modalities.
- Evaluating the impact of point-of-care ultrasound on patient safety, throughput, and patient satisfaction.
- Evaluating use of point-of-care ultrasound in non-academic, community based settings.
- Evaluating variation in point-of-care ultrasound use across regions and institutions nationally, to identify best practices with respect to quality assurance, documentation, integration into practice, and breadth of applications.
- Creating multi-institutional point-of-care ultrasound databases.
- Exploring the use of point-of-care automated ultrasound software.
- Comparing point-of-care ultrasound instructional methods.
- Evaluating learning curves for image acquisition and interpretation.
- Assessing ultrasound competency at any level of medical education (Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education), including the Emergency Medicine Milestones of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
- Evaluating inter-professional ultrasound educational programs.
- Exploring the use of technology for teaching point-of-care ultrasound skills.
- Providing evidence for best practices in point-of-care ultrasound training.
THE FINANCIAL AWARD
The Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Research Grant will provide up to $10,000 for an applicant’s project, contingent on the availability of funds from the AEUS. AEUS may discontinue, postpone, or change grant funding based on the amount of funds available. The number and monetary amount of awards granted depend on the quality of applications and status of the SAEMF funds.
Funds from the grant may be used for direct costs related to the project. A maximum of $1000 is allowed for travel to conferences to present research findings. Travel expenses must be consistent with the SAEM travel policy. Funds from the grant may not be used for faculty salary support. Indirect costs (i.e., facilities and administrative costs), and ultrasound equipment purchases are not supported by this grant. No additional costs are supported by the SAEMF; any other costs are the responsibility of the applicant’s host institution. Any residual funds will be returned to SAEMF at the end of the award period.
Costs included in the AEUS Research grant budget as provided by the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound Research Grant should not exceed $10,000 per year. However, in addition to the funds from SAEMF, the budget justification should reflect all pending and active sources of funding relevant to the project. The submission of detailed budgets and budget justifications for the use of funds for the grant from SAEMF and additional funds available to support the goals of the award from all other sources are required as part of the application and again for award recipients during the reporting period of the award.
Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the awardee to complete the term of the award shall result in the need to return residual funds to SAEMF.For projects requiring the host institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent approval, funds will not be dispersed until IRB approval is obtained. Award extensions may be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee on a case-by-case basis.
DURATION OF THE AWARD
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 is available at Post Award.
At the end of the grant award year (June 30th), the awardee is expected to provide SAEMF with a report outlining the work completed during the point-of-care ultrasound research project. Successful project completion will be demonstrated by at least one of the following: (1) a research abstract submitted to the SAEM or another national meeting relevant to the project topic; or (2) a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed publication relevant to the project topic.
The awardee also is expected to attend the SAEM Annual Meeting during their award year, preferably presenting a topic from their research.
GRANT REVIEW PROCESS
The SAEM Grants Committee, augmented with members from the AEUS is responsible for reviewing grant applications for this award, and will make recommendations to the SAEMF Board of Trustees regarding candidate recipients. The committee uses a scoring system to judge and compare applications that considers the qualifications of the applicant and mentor, the research proposal, and the host institution. The committee judges applications with the goal of choosing awardees with the highest likelihood of successfully completing an innovative, high-impact point-of-care ultrasound research project. An AEUS Research Grant will be awarded only if the Grants committee, AEUS and SAEMF deems that an applicant worthy of receiving the award can be selected.
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POLICIES GOVERNING THE USE OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS
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.
INVESTIGATORY FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE POLICY/OBJECTIVITY IN RESEARCH
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.
PATENT, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER POLICY
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:
- Determine that patent and copyright should be or should not be filed;
- Release the invention to the inventor(s) or inventor's designee;
- Submit the invention to a qualified organization for administration and licensing;
- Determine by negotiation the fair share of royalty income to be paid to the inventor(s);
- License or make other arrangements for the application and use of the invention with terms on exclusivity and royalty payments determined by SAEMF.