The INSPIRE Novice Research Award – Full Proposal Instructions

Overview and Eligibility:
The INSPIRE Scientific Review Committee has funding for up to 1-2 grants ($10,000) to support promising pilot studies. Quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research approaches are equally welcome.

The main objective of this award is to support novice investigators, defined as those investigators with less than 5 years of simulation-based research experience.  We are seeking studies that are both novel and have strong potential for a positive impact on healthcare delivery processes and outcome.  Preference will be given to those proposals addressing INSPIRE’s core themes.  These themes are:

  • Technology
  • Human Factors
  • Acute Care/Resuscitation
  • Patient Safety
  • Debriefing
  • IPE/Teamwork/Communication
  • Procedural and Psychomotor Skills

Only one project submission will be accepted from each Principal Investigator. Please note that while co-investigators can be on more than one submission, this will be taken into account during review to assure that funds are adequately divided among different teams.

Please note as well that all INSPIRE members involved with the selection process for this award 1) cannot apply as a principal investigator and 2) must recuse themselves from any discussions involving proposals on which they are named as co-investigators.

Call for proposals was announced at the January 2018 INSPIRE meeting at IMSH.
Submissions will be due July 14, 2018 at midnight EST.

The award committee will select three of the submitted proposals for final presentation at INSPIRE 2019 in an extended discussion format.  Winners will be announced at the meeting immediately following.

Application Submission:
Please submit all required documents in one PDF format and in ONE email to, with “INSPIRE Novice Researcher Award Application” in the subject line and the principal investigator name in the body of the email. You will receive a confirmation email when your documents have been received.

Award Notification and Funding:
Awardees will be announced at the January 2019 INSPIRE at IMSH meeting. Funds will be disbursed within one month of the announcement.

Project Duration:
The project’s stated aims must be completed within one year.

Proposal IRB Requirement and Human Subject Protection:
All proposals submitted must include evidence of submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Board from all institutions where the proposed work will take place, regardless of whether human subjects are used. Approval from IRB or Ethics Board is not required at the time of application, but will be required before funds are given. For human subjects usage definitions guidelines, please refer to the following NIH regulatory documents:

The following online questionnaire may also be of assistance in determining whether a given proposal qualifies as human subjects’ research.

Proposal Content Instructions:
Note: Please submit only requested documents within page limits and follow instruction carefully.
Nonconforming applications will not be forwarded to reviewers.

Download the Novice Research Award Proposal Format Requirements and Description of Components