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Purposes & Guidelines
The SCCM Midwest Chapter Research Seed Awards are open to any principal investigator who is a current SCCM Midwest Chapter member. Please read all the information below carefully. The SCCM Midwest Chapter would like to especially encourage grant funding to young investigators/members in the hopes that funding through us will lead to additional extramural funding.

The SCCM Midwest Chapter considers a young investigator as someone who has not practiced critical care medicine independently for more than 5 years

Seed Grants are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of an initial Research Proposal, which is assessed by the SCCM MDWC Research Committee, in a blinded fashion, free of conflict of interest. Ultimately (and after a full submission has been requested by the Research Committee) the recommended grantees are approved by the Board of Directors.

Eligibility Criteria
The principal investigator must be a current SCCM Midwest Chapter member in good standing at the time of the application submission deadline. 

Available Research Grants
The purpose of these grants is to stimulate original research in adult and pediatric critical care medicine (including pulmonary, surgical, neuro and allied disciplines such as pharmacology, etc). The study may be either “bench” research or clinical.

Grants are limited to no more than $1,000 each, for 1-year period
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Grant Guidelines

It is assumed that some of the resources required to conduct the project are available through the investigator’s institution. The seed grant serves to provide initial funding for equipment, or services required to complete the research and application fees for further grant applications, and is not intended for support for personnel (including the salary of the principal investigator).

The principal evaluation criteria are (1) scientific merit, (2) experimental design, (3) potential of the proposed topic, (4) qualifications of the applicant(s), (5) facilities, and (6) grantsmanship.

Awards are based on the scientific merit of the project as well as the investigator’s capability and the likelihood that the project will be completed successfully. Considerations include the investigator’s experience, background, availability of patient material, and other resources. In the case of a young investigator, the experience and background of the Co-PI mentor will be considered: funding for young investigators is viewed favorably and encouraged to apply for these grants.

Applicants must ensure that the team of investigators has the appropriate expertise to carry out the proposed research with high methodologic standards. For example, proposals that include cost analyses should include collaborators with expertise in economic or cost-effectiveness analysis and should use rigorous methods for costing and analysis. Comparative clinical studies must account for selection bias and expertise bias: It is the responsibility of the applicants to demonstrate how they will minimize bias in their proposals.

Requirements of Grantees
The following requirements must be met by the Investigators who receive the award:
Funds awarded will be released only after proof of successful IRB approval from the concerned institutions is received by the Research Committee.
Investigators are required to submit semi-annual updates to the SCCM MDWC Research Committee during the course of the research, starting 6 months after the grant has been awarded.
At the conclusion of the project, the investigator is required to submit a final update report to the Research Committee
An abstract must be submitted for the Annual SCCM-Midwest Chapter Critical Care Conference which immediately follows the successful completion of the work.

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* 1. Notwithstanding the submission requirement above, additional abstracts might be submitted to other national or international meetings: on those submissions the SCCM Midwest Chapter must be acknowledged as a source of funding.
If the updates are not sent, we may need to recover the monies awarded
A manuscript on the study and your findings must be sent to Critical Care Medicine. A copy of the final manuscript must be sent to the SCCM MDWC Research Committee office in order for the grant to be considered complete. The SCCM Midwest Chapter must be acknowledged as a funding source on the appropriate section of the manuscript.
If these terms and conditions are not met, subsequent applications from the PI and co-PI will be viewed unfavorably for future funding through the SCCM MDWC research seed grant program.

Since research facilities are factored into funding decisions by the SCCM MDWC Research Committee, the primary investigator must inform the SCCM MDWC Research Committee office if he or she leaves his or her institution during the course of completing this research. The SCCM MDWC Research Committee chair will work with the investigator to determine if the research funds will stay with the initial institution or move with the investigator. The SCCM MDWC Research Committee reserves the right to make this final decision.

The SCCM MDWC Research Committee understands that studies may need modification during the execution phase. If a study design is modified, the primary investigator MUST notify the committee. The committee will then review the suggested changes and decide whether they will revoke the grant.

Conflict of Interest Guidelines

As part of the submission process, disclosures from all known authors must be provided at the time of submission. Because we are interested in funding a diverse pool of applications, we also ask if anyone listed in your grant has received prior funding from SCCM.

Indirect Cost Policy

The monies SCCM MDWC awards for any and all research grants are intended for use as seed money only and no indirect costs may be charged against these awards.

1. Kindly list all authors using the following format:
a) LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. If more than one author, separate each author name by a SEMICOLON (;)
b) The first author will be the presenting author during the meeting.
c)  Indicate current membership to the Midwest chapter of the SCCM to all applicable authors using an asterisk (*) next to their LAST name, before the first name.  

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* 2. What is the title of the project? (NOTE: use ALL CAPS for the full title, and include the study design) Please limit titles to no more than 60 (SIXTY)  characters (including letters and spaces)

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* 3. What is your email? (IMPORTANT: this will be the email used to send instructions for the formal Full Research Proposal Submission System).

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* 4. Copy and Paste your proposal below. Please limit your submission to 250 words or less.

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* 5. What is your Institutional Affiliation?

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