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  • ASHRM Rapid Response Project Grants

    Is Now Closed

    The ASHRM Rapid Response Project Grants Program seeks to stimulate research or projects on healthcare risk management and patient safety issues. The program supports a multitude of projects that can be delivered with a shortened production cycle of six to eight weeks. These include toolkits, qualitative and quantitative research, reviews of literature, demonstration projects, measurement tools, reporting tools, online courses, podcasts, case studies, workforce analysis, legal analysis, or any project that contributes to professional literature or professional practice.

    Grants are available for professionals in healthcare fields or healthcare organizations, faculty or graduate students at institutions of higher education and research, or other professionals who have significant interest in healthcare risk management and patient safety. The ASHRM Rapid Response Project Grants Program seeks to build the body of literature or impact professional practice in positive and demonstrative ways to ensure safe and trusted healthcare.

    Awards are limited, however, to only those projects that can be completed as a final deliverable within an abbreviated research and production schedule of six to eight weeks. Projects relevant to enterprise risk management (ERM) are particularly encouraged.

    Awards and Funding
    Awards up to $20,000 are available, although the typical grant award per project is $5,000. Indirect costs, including equipment, are excluded from the award funds. ASHRM will fund up to ten projects per year.

    Application Requirements
    All applications for rapid response grants must include:

    1. Information on the Project Leader or Primary Investigator (contact and background information, current curriculum vitae or resume) and Project Team Members or Co-Investigators, if applicable
    2. Completed Application Form
    3. Completed Conflict of Interest Form

    Proposal Evaluation
    All proposals are reviewed by a committee comprised of designated ASHRM members and/or advisors. ASHRM policy is intended to ensure that applications are evaluated on a basis that is fair, equitable, timely and objective. The final selection is based on scores using the following evaluative criteria.

    Project Thoroughness: Strength of rationale, project design and approach to development  
    Team Members: Technical capacity of project team member(s) or researcher(s) to complete the proposed project  
    Relevance: Relevance to ASHRM mission and vision statements  
    Significance:  Significance for the healthcare risk management or patient safety body of knowledge or practice  
    Budget:  Adequacy of the budget to the planned activities and value for the money  

    ASHRM will notify applicants of the final funding decisions no later than October 15, 2012. ASHRM will maintain file copies of all successful applications and make them available on the ASHRM website.

    Application Deadline
    The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. PT on September 4, 2012. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals in advance of the deadline. All applications and supporting documents are to be sent as a single file to ashrm@aha.org with "Rapid Response" in the subject line of your email. ASHRM will send a receipt of proposal notification within 48 hours. If you do not receive a receipt notification please call ASHRM at (312) 422-3980 immediately to resolve any issue in the submission process.

    Project Deliverable(s) Terms
    Applicants should submit the end result(s) of a project grant to ASHRM as a final product or deliverable. If project leads or teams agree to accept grant funds, they are agreeing to develop content on behalf of ASHRM. In consideration of the one-time payment of funds, the project developers agree to transfer and deliver to ASHRM and ASHRM will accept all rights, titles and interest in the content delivered.

    Project Deadline
    The timeline for production begins immediately upon notification and the final product or deliverable must be submitted to ASHRM no later than December 5, 2012 by 11:59 p.m. PT.