Lion's Den

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A perennial issue for junior 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 receiving funding for a research proposal is similar to the entrepreneurial process of developing/funding a business proposal. Drawing on the innovative and humorous format of the popular “Shark Tank” television show, and adapted for the academic EM specialty, a panel of senior EM researchers will provide real-time guidance on this model of proposal development. The didactic will begin with a brief presentation by a mid-career EM researcher on the five critical elements of a junior research/grant proposal. The session will introduce the four basic structural components of a successful study proposal: the concept (the unmet need), the plan (how they are going to solve it), the outcome (what the metric of success is), and their credentials (why we should “invest” in them). Junior researchers (solicited in advance) will then be offered the chance to present their study idea to the “Lion’s Den” panel for critique. The proposals judged most successful will be offered a true “investment” in the form of distance mentorship by panel members.