Resident and Fellow Research Development Grant Award

In order to further our departmental mission of creating the future of Academic Emergency Medicine and enhance the research skills and success of emergency medicine residents and fellow, the Department is using philanthropic funds to continue the Resident and Fellow Research Development Grant award (RDG) for 2020.    

The RDG is intended to enhance research capabilities through the mentored 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, but are not used for salary or protected time.

A broad range of research efforts can be supported, including but not limited to: disease pathophysiology, clinical care, operations, health policy, and education. Applicants must choose a qualified faculty mentor to guide their career development and research plan during the grant period. Grant recipients must describe a research development plan during the award year that includes mentor interactions, and may also include course modules, workshops, conferences, and other research training opportunities. Residents and fellow eligible for the RDG must be in good standing and previous research experience is not required.


Applicants for the RDG will submit an application cover page and initial maximum three-page research proposal to the Department of Emergency Medicine Research Committee for review. The research proposal will include a summary of the relevance and significance of the proposed research, specific aims, research strategy, budget, and a summary of the mentored research development plan. A mentor support letter is also required. Download the application cover page and guidelines below.

Review and Presentation of the Proposal

The Research Committee will review applications and determine which will move to the next step, which is to compete for the final grant award in the “Wolverine Den”.  In the Wolverine Den selected applicants will present their research proposal in 10 minutes and be judged by 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 March 2nd.  Initial review will be completed by the first week of April and those proposals selected for the Wolverine Den will be notified. The Wolverine Den competition will occur during conference on Wednesday April 15th.  RDG awardees will be able to start their projects on July 1st.


Download the RDG Application