Lion’s Den 2021: Eighth Annual Real-world Research Proposal Development (Research Committee Sponsored)
Thursday, May 13, 2021
3:00 PM – 3:50 PM CT
A perennial issue for junior emergency medicine (EM) investigators is lack of guidance in, and experience with, development and funding of initial, small-scale study proposals. Many senior investigators believe that creating and getting funding for a research proposal is similar to the entrepreneurial process of developing/funding a business proposal. This didactic is designed to improve the ability of junior EM researchers to develop and “sell” a research proposal. Drawing on the innovative and humorous format of the popular Shark Tank television show, and adapted for our specialty, a panel of senior EM researchers will highlight critical elements of a junior research study/grant proposal and provide real-time feedback and guidance on potential proposals. The didactic will begin with a brief presentation of the five critical elements of a pilot research/grant proposal. The four basic structural components of a successful study proposal will then be introduced: 1) the concept (the unmet need), 2) the plan (how they are going to solve it), 3) the outcome (what the metric of success is), and 4) their credentials (why we should “invest” in them). Finally, junior researchers will be given the chance to present their study ideas to our Lion’s Den panel for critique. The most successful proposals will be offered a true “investment” in the form of distance mentorship by panel members.
- Identify the four basic structural components of a successful study proposal
- Describe how to avoid four key mistakes made by junior researchers in study designs and proposals
- Discuss how to maximize the success of participants’ own study proposals