Research Large Project Grant

Status: Closed

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019

The following is an overview of the SAEMF Research Large Project 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 (Research Large Project 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.


The SAEMF Research Large Project Grant awards $150,000 over a two-year period ($75,000 per year) to support an emergency medicine faculty member to conduct a large-scale research project to advance his/her career and subsequently obtain federal funding by developing pilot data. Although faculty members at any stage can apply for this award, higher consideration will be given to mid-career faculty members who have already had additional research training (such as an MPH or Masters in Clinical Research), a publication record, and some funding success, but who have not yet received independent (e.g., NIH R01-level) funding. Researchers without advanced training are encouraged to apply for the RTG (Research Training Grant). This Large Project Grant award will be used to answer important scientific questions in emergency medicine and will foster the growth of this individual, with the ultimate goal of becoming an independently-funded scientist in emergency medicine.



The Applicant

The applicant must have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc, or equivalent) and serve in a full-time capacity as a faculty member at a minimum Assistant Professor level in a division or department of emergency medicine. Prior research training (e.g., MS, MPH, PhD, certificate program, or other research training program) is preferred but not required. The applicant is expected to be an SAEMF member during the award period.

The intent of the SAEMF Research Large Project Grant is to provide salary and research project support to enable the recipient to acquire the necessary elements, mainly in the way of preliminary data, to successfully compete for independent funding. Applicants may have had prior funding from non-profit foundations (i.e., EMF, SAEMF), federal Career Development Awards (i.e., K23 or similar), or small-scale federal project grants (e.g., R21, R03, or equivalent), or may have been a co-investigator on prior independent research awards (e.g., R01, U01, or equivalent), but applicants who have previously received independent federal funding (e.g., R01, or equivalent) are not eligible. Applicants may submit this award as a mentored research scientist (e.g., with support from a mentor) or as an independent scientist (e.g., without a mentor), but the involvement and availability of mentorship and collaboration appropriate for career stage will be one of the criteria considered by the review committee.

At the conclusion of either the first year or the second year of SAEMF Research Large Project Grant funding, the recipient is expected to submit an abstract to the SAEM Annual Meeting during all years of the grant. At the conclusion of the funding period, the recipient is expected to participate as a reviewer for two subsequent SAEM Grant Writing Workshops (conducted during future SAEM annual meetings) and will be expected to serve on the SAEM Grants Committee for a 2-year term.

The Applicant's Host Institution

The Department

The department should be actively involved in emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine research and must demonstrate a commitment to the applicant’s academic development. Departments of emergency medicine outside the United States are eligible. The department should have an established research program as indicated by: (1) successful extra- and or intramural competitive grant funding; (2) current IRB-approved clinical or laboratory investigations; (3) research presentations at national or international meetings; (4) publications in peer-reviewed journals; (5) formal research curricula; and (6) dedicated funds, space, and support personnel available to ensure completion of projects in which the applicant will participate.

The department must have a method in place to provide for clinical and administrative release time (funds from the award may be used for this purpose). Strong evidence of departmental support is required. A recommendation letter from the Chair, describing the applicant’s potential for future academic productivity, is mandatory. The department must also demonstrate how support will be provided throughout the SAEMF funding period, including level of matching salary support, support personnel availability, and protected time from clinical obligations, if applicable.


The Training Site

The Mentor(s)

Mentorship and a collaborative research team are important components of this SAEMF Research Large Project Grant, but applicants for this award are expected to be at different stages of research career development. Applicants may apply as a (1) mentored research scientist or as an (2) independent research scientist. The involvement and availability of mentorship and collaboration appropriate for career stage will be one of the criteria considered by the review committee.

Mentored Research Scientist. If a mentor is included, the mentor should be an established research investigator with mentoring experience and expertise in the proposed area of research and in research methodology. The mentor must commit the necessary time to provide both specific and general research training for the applicant, supervise the applicant’s project, and provide the necessary equipment and resources to carry out the research project if these are not available from the applicant’s departments. The mentor should also provide evidence of successful competitive extramural funding and a history of presentations at national or international meetings and high-impact publications in peer-reviewed journals. The role of the mentor and the planned interactions should be of substantial quality and quantity to assure a close mentor-mentee relationship, and a description of this relationship is required. The mentor may be within or outside of the applicant’s division or department. For mentored research scientists, the review committee will consider whether the mentorship plan is appropriate for the candidate’s career stage, the prior relationship with the mentor, and whether the candidate will be prepared for independent funding after the conclusion of the mentorship plan.

Independent Research Scientist. Applicants applying as independent research scientists must have a track record of high-quality publications or prior funding that demonstrate a career stage appropriate for independent funding. Applicants need not have an identified primary mentor, though evidence of collaboration with senior investigators in the design and conduct of the research plan will be looked upon favorably. For independent research scientists, the review committee will consider whether the investigator and research team, after the conduct of the proposed study, will be able to submit a compelling application for independent federal funding.


The SAEMF Research Large Project Grant will provide a total of up to $150,000 over two years (up to $75,000 each year) as support for the awardee. Detailed budgets will be required. Funds may be used for salary or for research costs, but no administrative costs (secretarial support, laboratory space, etc.) will be permitted. A portion of the award is expected to cover faculty salary, and the proportion of support is expected to be commensurate with the time required to conduct the study. A detailed timeline must be included in the proposal, and time to cover faculty effort in writing a grant proposal for subsequent funding is a permissible use of funds. Funds for the second training year will be made available to the host institution only upon submission of a progress report that is judged by the SAEM Grants Committee to demonstrate satisfactory accomplishment in the first year of the award period. Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the candidate to complete the term of the award shall result in the return of residual funds to SAEMF. If unused funds exist at the completion of the project, all remaining funds revert to SAEMF. Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the candidate to complete the term of the award shall result in the return of residual funds to SAEMF.


The award is for two years (July 1 to June 30). Previous award recipients are not eligible for a second award. Recipients of prior SAEMF grants will be considered, and productivity on prior funded activities will be considered in the evaluation process.


A progress report is required after 12 months, for grants funded for periods greater than 12 months. The interim report will include a one-page minimum evaluation of the grant activities to date, including problems and alternative strategies employed, as well as plans to address newly identified problems. Funding for the second year is conditional to receipt and approval of the progress report.



The SAEM Grants Committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications for this award, and will make recommendations to the SAEMF Board of Trustees regarding candidate award recipients. The committee uses a scoring system to judge and compare applications that considers the qualifications of the applicant and mentor, the research proposal, the training proposal, and the host institution. The committee judges applications with the goal of choosing awardees with the highest likelihood of becoming highly productive research-oriented academic emergency physicians. A Research Large Project Grant will be awarded only if the committee and the SAEMF deems that an applicant worthy of receiving the award can be selected. Successful and unsuccessful applications meeting eligibility requirements will receive both scores and comments provided by the reviewers for the purposes of improving applications for subsequent submissions.


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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.