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Research Training Grant

Status: Closed
Next Application Deadline: August 1, 2015 (an updated RFP will be posted here June 2015)

The following is an overview of the Research Training Grant.  For complete instructions on applying, please see the Detailed Instructions. For submission instructions and SAEMF policies, visit How To Apply.  For questions, visit our Grants FAQ page.  

All applications must be submitted electronically to, including letters of recommendation.  All applications must be received on the due date by 5pm (Central time).  If electronic signatures are not available please submit the application and letters of recommendation (if applicable) electronically without signatures.  Applications must be in a single file (PDF format only) and attached to an email.  The subject line of the email should indicate the grant for which the applicant is applying.

Application Form

Purpose of the Award

The SAEMF Research Training Grant is intended to provide funding to support the development of a scientist in emergency medicine. Its specific goals are:

  1. To provide support to an emergency medicine academician for two years of concentrated training and mentorship with emphasis in research methods.  The award is intended to support the development of sound research skills rather than to support a specific research project.
  2. To enhance the likelihood of the selection of an academic and research career by the recipient.
  3. To establish a departmental culture that will continue to support research training independent of the SAEMF award. 
  4. To encourage further academic development and research involvement of emergency medicine academicians.
The Research Training Grant provides financial support for a trainee to acquire sound research skills.  As such, the training curriculum and strong mentorship are essential and equally as important as the project performed during the training period.  An outstanding application will include well-developed descriptions of each of these important elements. The Research Training Grant is also intended to provide trainees with fundamental skills necessary to succeed as scientists and to compete for additional extramural grant funding.

Duration of the award

July 1 - June 30 (year 1)
July 1 - June 30 (year 2)


The Applicant

The applicant must:
  1. Have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc or equivalent); 
  2. Hold a university appointment in or be actively involved with a department or division of emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine. 
  3. Be an SAEM member during the award period. Faculty applicants who are two (2) or more years post-training must be an SAEM member for more than 12 months at the time of the application deadline in order to apply for the award. 
  4. Limit non-research related obligations to a maximum of 12 hours per week, including all clinical, administrative, and teaching activities.  This is a strict limitation that all applicants, mentors, and department chairs need to fully recognize.
Previous Research Training Grant recipients are not eligible to receive this grant again.

 The Department

The Department should be actively involved in emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine research and teaching. Departments of emergency medicine outside the United States are eligible. The Department should have an established research program as indicated by: (1) successful extra- and or intramural competitive grant funding; (2) current IRB-approved clinical, health services, or laboratory investigations; (3) research presentations at national or international meetings; (4) publications in peer-reviewed journals; (5) formal research curriculum; and (6) dedicated funds, space, and support personnel available to ensure completion of projects in which the applicant will participate.

 The Training Site

The primary training site should be an academic department or division of emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine. Any appropriate site would be expected to have access and facilities for training similar to those outlined in the NIH guidelines for clinical research training ( For example, affiliations with departments or universities offering advanced degrees and training in research methodology are strongly encouraged.

 The Mentor

The mentor(s) should be well-established and have 1) mentoring experience with former trainees which have productive scientific careers, 2) expertise in the proposed area of research, and 3) expertise in research methodology. The mentor(s) must commit the necessary time to provide both specific and general research training for the trainee, supervise the trainee’s research project, and provide the necessary equipment and resources to carry out the research project if these are not available from the trainee’s department. 

The Financial Award

The Research Training Grant will provide a total of up to $100,000 for two years (up to $50,000 per year) as support for the research trainee. Applicants must submit a detailed budget and budget justification.  Funds must be used entirely for salary support. No additional research costs (e.g., supplies, equipment, technical assistance, travel, etc.) will be supported by SAEMF; these costs are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution. 

Funds for the second training year will be made available to the host institution only upon submission of a progress report that is judged by the SAEM Grants Committee to demonstrate satisfactory accomplishment of proposed goals in the first year of the grant period. Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the candidate to complete the term of the award shall result in the return of residual funds to SAEMF. 

Recipients are not eligible to receive a second SAEMF award during the first grant period. Award extensions may be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee under certain circumstances. Award extensions will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

The number of awards granted annually will depend on the quality of applications and status of endowment funds.  SAEMF grants are contingent upon the amount of available funds from the SAEM Foundation. SAEMF may discontinue, postpone, or alternate grant funding mechanisms based on the amount of funds available.


The training and research expectations are as follows:
  1. The trainee will take part in a focused research curriculum. 
  2. The trainee will design or participate in one or more clinical, health services, or laboratory investigations. 
  3. The trainee will attend the SAEM Annual Meeting during both years of the award and maintain membership in SAEM. 
  4. The recipient is expected to submit an abstract detailing research performed during the training period for competitive review and presentation to the SAEM Annual Meeting. If accepted for presentation, the awardee’s department will provide financial support for meeting attendance.
  5. A published manuscript (first-authored by the awardee) in a peer-reviewed journal is expected within two years of completing the research year. 

Progress Reports

A progress report is due at 12 months and 24 months from the start of the grant period.  The progress report template can be downloaded at Post Award. These reports will be prepared independently by the awardee and mentor and submitted to SAEMF.

Grant Review Process

The Grants Committee is responsible for the review of all applications and will make recommendations to the SAEM Board of Directors regarding recipients. A scoring system considering the qualifications of the applicant and mentor, the research proposal, the training proposal, and the institution will be assessed with the goal of funding applicants with the highest likelihood of becoming independently-funded scientists in emergency medicine.  A Research Training Grant will be awarded only if an applicant is deemed suitable and worthy of the award.  

Contact Information

Please contact the Grants Committee Chair with any questions.

Updated February 18, 2014