Excellence in Research Award

This award honors a SAEM member who has made outstanding contributions to emergency medicine through the creation and sharing of new knowledge. The Awards Committee wishes to consider as many exceptional candidates as possible. The awards committee is committed to an inclusive process of granting awards, reflecting the full spectrum of diversity of our membership. We encourage you to nominate a diverse pool of candidates for all SAEM awards.




Previous awardees (including any Hal Jayne awardees prior to 2009) are ineligible. Candidates may be nominated by any SAEM member and are evaluated by the Awards Committee on their accomplishments in knowledge creation, including:

1.  Research Accomplishments

  • Original research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Research support generated through grants and contracts (federal, foundation and industry)
  • Peer-reviewed research presentations (lecture, abstract, panel)
  • Impact of discovery

2. Training and mentorship of other investigators (faculty, fellows, residents and medical students)

3. Recognition

  • Peer review journal positions
  • Grant review panel membership
  • Local, regional and national organizational service relating to research
  • National and international speaking invitations.
  • Recognition or awards by students, residents, or peers
  • Regional, national, or international recognition or awards


The nomination must include:

  • A current CV of the candidate
  • A brief (1-2 paragraph) biographical summary 
  • A cover letter by the nominator addressing above areas and the impact on emergency medicine, delivery of care or understanding of illness/therapy (limited to 2 pages) 
  • While not mandatory, a maximum of two (2) additional support letters may be submitted (each limited to 2 pages)
  • A color photo of nominee (.jpg 300 DPI high resolution)
  • Person nominating award candidate (including mailing address, phone and fax numbers and email address)
  • Contact information of department administrator or media persons that should be notified if the award is received.


  • Robert Silbergleit, MD

    Professor with Tenure

    University of Michigan

    Robert Silbergleit MD is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Michigan. He graduated from MIT and the University of Michigan Medical School, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and trained as a research fellow at the George Washington University. Past research involved preclinical models of traumatic and ischemic injury, and clinical investigations in acute stroke care. His current research focuses on confirmatory phase clinical trials of acute interventions for neurological and cardiac emergencies. He is currently a Principal Investigator of the Clinical Coordinating Center for the NIH (NINDS. NHLBI, and NCATS) funded SIREN Emergency Clinical Trials network, as well as a PI for ICECAP, a national multicenter adaptive clinical trial of hypothermia duration in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. He has also been a PI for RAMPART and ESETT, two national multicenter large randomized controlled clinical trials of treatments for acute status epilepticus. Dr. Silbergleit also currently contributes to the leadership of the ongoing BOOST, HOBIT, and C3PO clinical trials. He has served in the leadership of several other large trials including ProTECT and ATACH, and the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network, the predecessor of SIREN. Dr. Silbergleit is dedicated to improving the structure and efficiency of the clinical trial enterprise. He has been a co-investigator on a regulatory science grant from the NIH and FDA to investigate adaptive clinical trial methods in confirmatory phase trials. He also has expertise in clinical and research ethics. He is vice-chair of the Michigan Medicine Research Ethics Committee, and a long-standing member of the Clinical Ethics Committee. He has written and presented extensively on the ethics and regulation of planned emergency research. He is the Principal Investigator on an NIH funded empirical ethics research project to study local context review by individual and centralized Institutional Review Boards, and an NIH funded supplement on paramedic, investigator, and patient family experiences in emergency research and clinical care. He has served as an editor or reviewer for numerous journals. He has served on several NIH study sections and special emphasis panels, and has served as a reviewer, advisor, or participant for numerous other FDA, NIH, and other Federal review panels, advisory groups, or workshops. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and commentaries, and 17 book chapters.


Nominations Now Closed