Discovery Call for Proposals

Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, is encouraging members to submit proposals for review and discussion at the Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators Meeting. The Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators Meeting provides an opportunity for investigators to present clinical proposals in an inclusive and supportive environment. The meeting is being held on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time in Washington, DC, USA, during the American Thoracic Society annual meeting. Members may also participate virtually by videoconference.

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, May 1, 2017. Investigators will be notified of the status of their submission by May 15, 2017. Please use the following link to submit proposals:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9DZK9ZF

The investigatorinitiated proposals are a unique opportunity to receive valuable peer feedback, network with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Discovery Steering Committee members, and solicit additional participant sites. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Discovery Steering Committee. The investigators of the six highestranked proposals will have an opportunity to present their proposals virtually or in person via PowerPoint presentation followed by questions. Those investigators invited to present can do so virtually and do not need to travel to Washington DC. The proposals that are not selected for live presentation at the Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators Meeting will receive valuable feedback; the abstracts will be shared with the Discovery Steering Committee with the opportunity to solicit additional study sites.

The peer review, feedback, additional study sites, and the letter of support on behalf of the SCCM Discovery Steering Committee will greatly increase the chance of your study obtaining funding, being published, and helping critically ill patients.

Criteria for Application:

-A minimum of two sites is required (a multi-institutional study)

-The research plan (questions 6-16) in the application should be concise and limited to no more than six pages. The research plan includes specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies (where applicable), and research design and methods.

-The research plan should describe any assistance requested from Discovery (i.e., generation of datasets, data analysis, study sites, etc.)

-It is expected that the results (positive or negative) of all approved Discovery studies, including those considered non-publishable by the studys investigators, will be presented to the Discovery Steering Committee within six months of study completion.

-The Discovery Steering Committee should review all manuscripts resulting from the study prior to submission.

-All study investigators must submit any conflicts of interest.

-Intellectual property will be protected, and confidentiality statements will be required from all members of the Discovery Steering Committee reviewers.

For further information and inquiries, please email discovery@sccm.org.

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