In order to build and enhance the research skills and success of emergency medicine residents and fellows, the Department of Emergency Medicine has created the Resident and Fellow Research Development Grant awards (RDGs). (See attached Grant Application Form and Description) A generous gift from an anonymous donor has made this possible for 2019 and we hope to continue this program in future years. The RDG is intended to enhance the research capabilities of trainees by planning and conducting a mentored research project and the development of skills, knowledge, and connections in the research community. This award is for one year, and will support up to $5,000 of direct costs per project for residents and up to $10,000 of direct costs per project for fellows. Funds can be used for research personnel, materials, data analysis, and research training, but cannot be used for salary or protected time of the awardee or mentor.
A broad range of research efforts can be supported, including but not limited to: disease pathophysiology, clinical care, ED operations, public health, health policy, and education. Applicants must choose a qualified faculty mentor to guide their research project and development plan during the grant period. Residents and fellows eligible for the RDG must be in good standing in their programs. Previous research experience is not required.
Applicants should follow the instructions on the attached application form and strictly adhere to page limits. Applications will have an initial review by the Department of Emergency Medicine Research Committee. Some applicants will be selected to move to the next step – the Wolverine Den competition. In the Wolverine Den applicants will present their research proposal in 10 minutes and be judged by department research leaders. One or more winners of the Wolverine Den contest will have their research proposals funded. The Research Committee will provide constructive feedback on all proposals that are not selected for funding.
Applications will be accepted until the end of the business day on Friday, March 8th. Initial review will be completed by April 1st and those proposals selected for the Wolverine Den will be notified. The Wolverine Den competition will occur on Wednesday April 24th from 1-3 pm. RDG awardees will be able to start their projects on July 1st, 2019.