The SHEA Research Committee is seeking bright and dedicated early investigators in the field of healthcare epidemiology research. The Epi Project Competition will award up to $20,000 in grants for winning proposals for research to develop pilot data that supports the conduct of a future larger scale research project, and the likelihood that a future project would attract additional funding support. Winning proposals are those that generate pilot data that can shape our understanding of transmission of healthcare-associated infections and identify the best prevention methods and implementation science.
Eligibility: Grant funding is available for early investigators with a MPH, PhD, PharmD, MD or similar degree, have completed their training, and are within 5 years of completion of training. This funding is awarded to applicants who submit proposals that demonstrate new and novel healthcare epidemiology pilot research that aligns with SHEA’s research priorities. Participants must be registered for and plan to attend the annual SHEA Spring Conference at the time of submission by the deadline for proposal submissions.
Funding: Each year SHEA expects to fund up to $20,000 in Epi Project Competition grant awards. Projects are supported for one year. Individual awards will not exceed $20,000 per year. Judges have the option to award multiple grants to multiple winners of the competition if more than one novel proposal meets or exceeds the expectations of the competition, and the combined budgets fall within the $20,000 award limit. The grant is administered by SHEA with no indirect costs available to the grantee department/division. Funds are generally not made available for the applicant’s salary or for major equipment purchases.
Review criteria: The primary criterion for evaluation of applications is the likelihood that the studies proposed will generate pilot data answering an important question that supports the conduct of larger scale studies or applications for future funding relevant to preventing healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. Approaches that involve lab-based research projects, clinical research, social and behavioral questions, and problems in health policy are equally likely to be considered for funding. In addition to scientific merit, we will also consider several other secondary criteria in making awards, including whether the research is likely to provide pilot data that may result in the submission of a later application for extramural research support, whether the project is highly relevant to the problems in epidemiology and whether support is likely to be valuable to the applicant in developing a career as an epidemiologist. Most, but not all, awards typically go to faculty members who have not yet reached the rank of associate professor. Proposals may involve lab-based microbial epidemiology projects, clinical epidemiology, testing of pilot interventions or health outcomes research.
A panel of reviewers will evaluate and score all proposals received by the deadline. Panel reviewers will score based on standard NIH criteria. Finalists for the competition will be announced approximately six weeks after the closing date of the submission deadline. Reviewers may select up to five finalists to advance to the live competition at SHEA Spring Conference. Finalists selected to advance to the competition will receive a $1,500 stipend to assist with conference registration and travel expenses. Finalists must deliver a 3-5 minute oral presentation, which will be scored by a secret panel of judges. Winner(s) will be selected and announced based on the combined proposal submissions and oral presentation scores. Although use of the SHEA Research Network is strongly encouraged, eligible proposals are no longer required to use of the Network for their studies.
Application Procedure: Final proposals in the form of a PDF or Word DOC file, and financial support information must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by a date to be determined each year. Eligible proposals must include the following information:
How are winners selected?
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