The 2018 Grant Application process will open in April of 2018.
The MedEvac Foundation International awards funds to support the development of research and education in air medical and critical care ground transport. The goals of the MedEvac Foundation Grant Program are to:
- Promote research and education within the specialty of critical care transport.
- Advance patient care standards in critical care transport.
- Advance safety in critical care transport.
- Advance the overall cost-benefit ratio of all aspects of air medical and critical care transport systems.
- Facilitate the academic growth and development of future researchers and educators in critical care transport.
2018 Grant Cycle
Funding priority for 2017 will be given to studies focused on the following research and education priorities:
- Safety in critical care transport, examination of adverse events data, and development of practical solutions to overcome identified deficiencies.
- Efficacious onboard patient management involving time sensitive care, including treatment and transport of patients involving time critical diagnoses.
- Efficient utilization of transport and effects on reduction in mortality and morbidity, rehabilitation, and/or analysis of benefit in terms of improving quality of life or survival.
- Educational techniques and technologies aimed at improving patient care, critical decision making, safety, or other areas pertinent to transport medicine.
- Evaluation of the validity of accrediting agency standards that is relevant to transport medicine.
Studies that promote collaboration at the national or international level to complete the study or those that propose a critical review or meta-analysis of available evidence or salient work in a priority area are preferred.
2018 grant applications will open mid 2018.
Notification of 2018 awards: November 2018.
Funding of 2018 awards: February 2019
MedEvac Foundation International awards funds to support the development of research and education in air medical and critical care transport. The goals of the MedEvac Foundation Grant Program are: 1) to promote research within the specialty of critical care transport, 2) to advance patient care standards in critical care transport, 3) to advance safety in critical care transport, 4) to advance the overall cost-benefit ratio of all aspects of air medical and critical care transport systems, and 5) to facilitate the academic growth and development of future researchers in critical care transport.
The MedEvac Foundation welcomes all research and education endeavors and proposed studies. Priority for funding for 2018 will be given to the identified research priorities above.
Funds are not to be used for capital equipment purchases, publication costs or institutional overhead. A maximum of 50% may be used for salary support of the primary applicant. Funds are not to be used for salary support of a preceptor or mentor.
DEFINITION OF AIR MEDICAL and CRITICAL CARE TRANSPORT RESEARCH
Critical Care Transport research is broadly defined as scientific investigation designed to furnish new knowledge related to critical care transport. In keeping with MedEvac Foundation’s mission, it is focused on exploring and continuously developing clinical and operational practices, promoting safety of both patients and crew, and analyzing systems of health care transport to include the benefit of critical care transport to patients and the community.
QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE INVESTIGATORS
MedEvac Foundation Research and Education Grants are available to any person who is qualified to conduct research in the critical care transport industry for the proposed funding year. The primary applicant must be able to demonstrate that they are capable of ensuring the successful completion of the proposed project.
The Principal Investigator assumes responsibility for conducting the research or education project and supervising the work of the research team. IRB approval must be documented prior to dispensation of Foundation funds. Letters of support need to be included with the grant application.
EVALUATION OF APPLICATIONS
Critical care transport specialists who have knowledge and experience regarding the conduct of research will review each grant application. Although all proposals will be considered, the highest priority will be given to the three designated categories that: 1) directly evaluate interventions to reduce accidents/errors and utilize quantitative outcome measures to assess effectiveness; 2) contribute to a knowledge base practice; or 3) explore cost effective quality care. Each application will be judged by:
- The role of the Principal Investigator in the initiation, development, conduct, and reporting of the project.
- The scientific content of the project, including background support, hypothesis statement, methodology, sample size calculations and planned statistical analysis.
- The significance of the project to air medical and critical care transport.
- If a preceptor is appropriate the qualifications of the preceptor.
- The feasibility of the budget.
- The likelihood of completion of the project.
The MedEvac Foundation International will make the final funding decisions.
TERMS OF THE GRANT
Change of Status of Primary Applicant (Principal Investigator)
If the named Principal Investigator (PI) changes affiliations or ceases research in the field for which the award was made, the PI will need to submit a letter in writing to the MedEvac Foundation Research Committee detailing plans for completion of the project. The work in progress may be completed under the supervision of a Co-investigator. Those changes must also be resubmitted to the respective institution’s IRB Committee with approval of changes sent to the MedEvac Foundation. In the event that the project cannot be completed, funds must be returned to the MedEvac Foundation within six months.
Payments will be made to the Principal Investigator’s institution that will be responsible for administering the funds. The MedEvac Foundation will not be responsible for institutional overhead. Detailed audited financial reports may be required.
Liability of the MedEvac Foundation International
The PI’s and respective institution acknowledge that the MedEvac Foundation is not legally liable for the conduct of the primary applicant or the preceptor and associate investigators.
Limitations on Grants
The MedEvac Foundation is not fiscally responsible for funds necessary for the projects completion. Funds are not to be used for capital equipment purchases (i.e. equipment costing more than $500 and with a life of over one year), publication costs or institutional overhead. A maximum of 50% may be used for salary support of the primary applicant. Funds are not to be used for salary support of a preceptor or mentor.
A PI from a critical care transport program must submit a letter from the program director indicating that the applicant will have adequate time for completion of the proposed project. All unused funds at the end of the study period will be returned to the MedEvac Foundation.
The PI must submit letters of support if the proposed project uses facilities not routinely available to or directly under the supervision of the sponsoring program.
All discoveries resulting from work supported in part by the MedEvac Foundation should be made available to the public and scientific community through approved scientific channels such as national meetings and peer reviewed publications. Publications will acknowledge the support of the MedEvac Foundation International and the appropriate corporate underwriter, if any. Two reprints of each publication should be forwarded to the MedEvac Foundation.
Research grant awardees are required to present their work at the AMTC Scientific Assembly/Research Forum in the fall immediately following the completion of the award year.
The Principal Investigator is required to submit a six-month progress report, and a final progress report within thirty days of the conclusion of the award year. Additional reports may be required and MedEvac Foundation will maintain the copyright of all such reports.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Evidence of IRB approval, or at least evidence of submission to IRB, from each institution, is included in application packet (for multi-centered studies, approval from or evidence of submission to IRB for all sites is required). Projects may be approved for funding, but no monies will be dispersed until there is documented evidence of IRB approval.
Appendix Section may include: letters of support for principal investigator and co-investigator/s from program director, department chair or as appropriate to the institution, and/or other supporting materials.
Research and Education Grant Assistance
If you are in need of assistance with a research project, please contact Krista Fuentes at the MedEvac Foundation office: (703) 836-8732 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Foundation will put you in contact with a grant committee volunteer.