Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Catalyst Grant, Supported by Michelle Blanda, MD

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Status: OPEN May 1, 2023
Application Deadline: August 1, 2023

SAEMF is grateful to Michelle Blanda, MD, longtime SAEM member and SAEMF donor, for her visionary gift that has made it possible to offer this grant in 2023 and 2024. If you are interested in seeing this grant continue in 2025 and beyond, please make a gift or pledge.

The following is an overview of the SAEMF Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Catalyst Grant made possible through the generosity of longtime SAEM member, Michelle Blanda, MD. For complete instructions on applying, please see the detailed instructions (check back in May 2023 for instructions). For submission instructions and SAEMF policies, visit How To Apply. For answers to other common questions, visit our Grants FAQ, or email

All application components, including letters of support, must be submitted through the SAEM Foundation Grant Portal. All applications must be received by 5 pm (Central time) on their due date. No additional material (e.g. updates, publications, corrections, etc.) will be accepted after the application deadline.


Applicants must use the most current version of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PHS 398 forms which can be downloaded at: If there are questions regarding formatting, formatting which conforms to NIH guidelines will always be accepted.

The latest NIH biosketch format should be used for the applicant, mentor(s), and other key personnel. This includes a section for a personal statement. See biosketch instructions for further information.

Font type and size for the application should be Arial 11 point, including literature cited. Single line spacing is acceptable. Figures, charts, tables, and legends or captions may be in smaller size font but must be clear and legible.

Blank/plain paper can be used as needed in lieu of continuation pages when no form is specified to be used. The margins must be no less than the following dimensions: top: 0.8, bottom: 0.5, left: 0.5, right: 0.5.

Submission must be no longer than 5 pages in length (excluding references). All proposals must include specific aims, background/significance, preliminary work (if applicable), and approach.

A minimum of two letters of reference are requested, with one from the department chair or equivalent and the other from the mentor, whose letter should include a statement of support for the applicant for the duration of the award. The mentor should also provide a letter, which should detail the plan for mentorship. A proposed budget and budget justification for how funds will be allocated during the one-year period are also required.


The purpose of this research grant is to address research questions leading to improved emergency care and quality of life of older patients, as well as providing catalyst funding for pursuit of federal or other funding that leads to improving the quality of emergency care received by older patients. This award can also be used for preliminary data collection, analysis, or collection of pilot data that will further support greater research endeavors. Grant proposals should address one or more research priorities below:

  • Development of strategies to improve the diagnoses, prognoses, management and outcomes of emergent conditions in older adults.
  • Improved triage, assessment, prognoses, management and outcome of geriatric trauma including motor vehicle accidents (issues pertaining to older drivers).
  • Reduction in complications due to medication use in older adults including polypharmacy, increased adverse events, medication reconciliation.
  • Research focused on prevention, identification, management outcomes of common geriatric syndromes including falls, cognitive impairment, delirium, multiple chronic conditions, and/or functional decline.
  • Identification and management of elder abuse, suicide risk/prevention and/or substance abuse.
  • Management of pain and/or palliative care in older adults.
  • Strategies to reduce frequent and/or prompt recidivism (recurrent ED revisits) including employing paramedicine, telemedicine and alternative settings to pre-empt ED visits and/or to provide a safe disposition for older adults.
  • Improvement in communication involving primary care providers, caregivers, specialists, hospital staff.
  • Recognition and management strategies of persons with cognitive impairment with emergent conditions including addressing possible environmental and provider contributors.
  • Addressing advance care planning and end-of-life care in the setting of emergent medical issues and/or trauma.


The SAEMF Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Catalyst Grant proposal is expected to:

  1. Be measurable and reproducible.
  2. Be relevant to geriatric emergency medicine.
  3. Provide evidence-based research that advances the field of geriatric emergency medicine.
  4. Address patient outcomes or education in geriatric emergency medicine.


The Applicant

The applicant must:

  1. Be a member of SAEM in good standing at application deadline and during the entire award period.
  2. Be a physician holding an applicable terminal clinical degree (e.g., MD, DO).
  3. Hold a faculty appointment (e.g., faculty, fellow, or similar) in or be actively involved (e.g., have an adjunct appointment) with a department or division of emergency medicine and must be within 5 years of their first faculty appointment. Any emergency medicine resident in good standing in an Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved emergency medicine residency program is also eligible for the award.
  4. Not have received an SAEMF Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Catalyst Grant previously.

The Applicant's Host Institution

Greater consideration for receipt of the award will be given to applicants from institutions which can:

  1. Provide adequate administrative and clerical support to the applicant and project, including, but not limited to, office space, administrative support, and information systems.
  2. Demonstrate a track record of involvement and commitment to GEM research. In the majority and ideal circumstances, the host institution should have an accredited emergency medicine residency program.
  3. Demonstrate the availability of faculty, resident and /or medical student teaching opportunities relevant to the project and applicant’s needs for the project.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate mentorship for the project to be successful.

The Applicant’s Mentor(s):

  1. Should provide for the supervision and oversight of the grant awardee and have sufficient time available to ensure a productive mentored relationship.
  2. Should provide the necessary equipment and resources to assist in the execution of the awardee’s research project if these are not available from the department/division or another source specified in the grant application.


Funds from the grant may be used for direct costs related to the project. Funds may also be used for faculty salary support, equipment purchase, and support for research staff. A maximum of $1,000 is allowed for travel to conferences to present research findings. Travel expenses must be consistent with the SAEM travel policy. Indirect costs (i.e., facilities and administrative costs) are not supported by this grant. No additional costs are supported by the SAEMF; any other costs are the responsibility of the applicant’s host institution. Any residual funds must be returned to SAEMF at the end of the award period.

Costs included in the SAEMF Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Catalyst Grant should not exceed $10,000 per year. However, in addition to the funds from SAEMF, the budget justification should reflect all pending and active sources of funding relevant to the project. The submission of detailed budgets and budget justifications for the use of funds for the grant from SAEMF and additional funds available to support the goals of the award from all other sources are required as part of the application and again for award recipients during the reporting period of the award.

Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the awardee to complete the term of the award shall result in the need to return residual funds to SAEMF.

For projects requiring the host institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent approval, funds will not be dispersed until IRB approval is obtained. Award extensions may be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee on a case-by-case basis.

The award is for one year (grant period July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025).

A progress report is due on December 1 during the grant period. The final project and financial report are due June 30th at the end of the grant period. The progress report template is available at Post Award.

At the end of the grant award year (June 30th), the awardee is expected to provide SAEMF with a report outlining the work completed during the research project. Successful project completion will be demonstrated by at least one of the following: (1) a research abstract submitted to the SAEM or another national meeting relevant to the project topic; or (2) a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed publication relevant to the project topic. The awardee also is expected to attend the SAEM Annual Meeting during their award year, preferably presenting a topic from their research.

The SAEM Grants Committee, augmented with members from AGEM is responsible for reviewing grant applications for this award, and will make recommendations to the SAEMF Board of Trustees regarding candidate recipients. The committee uses a scoring system to judge and compare applications that considers the qualifications of the applicant and mentor, the research proposal, and the host institution. The committee judges applications with the goal of choosing awardees with the highest likelihood of successfully completing an innovative, high-impact GEM research project. An SAEMF/Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Catalyst Grant will be awarded only if the Grants committee and SAEMF deems that an applicant worthy of receiving the award can be selected. The committee will provide feedback to those whose applications meet application instructions and requirements. Applicants will be encouraged to re-apply with specific modifications in subsequent years.

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If human or animal experimentation is to be performed during the period of the award, the department and institution to be used as the training site must affirm that: (1) investigations involving human subjects proposed and subsequently carried out in the application have been endorsed and approved by the IRB, or other clearly designated appropriate body, at the study site; (2) any research involving human subjects will conform ethically with the guidelines prescribed by the NIH; and (3) research involving animals will conform with the current "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals", NIH publication, of the Department of Health and Human Services/United States Public Health Service (DHHS/USPHS), and has been approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee at the study site.

Applicants and institutions are required by SAEMF to comply with the USPHS regulations, Final Rule, 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart F: Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research. The applicant’s and mentor’s institution or host institution official’s signature on the signature page of the application indicates compliance that an institutional administrative process is in effect to identify and resolve conflicting financial interests of the type described in Subpart 50.604(a) with respect to all projects for which funding is sought from SAEMF.

All inventions discovered or arising out of research supported in whole or in part by SAEMF, which may be used in emergency medicine research, teaching, or practice, shall be reported within one (1) year to SAEMF. "Invention" is any discovery, material, method, process, product, program, software or app (mobile, application software, web application, etc) of use, whether or not patented or patentable or copyrighted or copyrightable, that has application of value such that its use, licensing, lease, or sale can generate revenue.

If the institution receiving or disbursing SAEMF funds that supported the invention has an established and applicable patent, intellectual property, or technology transfer policy/procedure for administering inventions, SAEMF will defer to that policy. If the institution has no established and applicable patent, intellectual property, or technology transfer policy/procedure for administering inventions, SAEMF shall have the right to determine the disposition of invention rights. In such cases, SAEMF may:

  1. Decide that patent and copyright should be or not be filed;
  2. Release the invention to the inventor(s) or inventor's designee;
  3. Submit the invention to a qualified organization for administration and licensing;
  4. Determine by negotiation the fair share of royalty income to be paid to the inventor(s);
  5. License or make other arrangements for the application and use of the invention on an exclusive or non-exclusive, royalty, or royalty-free basis.