The Association for Surgical Education (ASE) has the objective of promoting and supporting research in the field of surgical education. The ASE Multi-Institutional Education Research Collaborative (Research Collaborative) is intended to support multi-institutional research projects (≥3 geographically distinct sites) that will advance scientific knowledge and aim to improve undergraduate, graduate, or continuing surgical education. The Research Collaborative will assist ASE members in conducting new research studies of up to two years’ duration addressing a surgical education problem highlighted in the recent needs assessment conducted by the ASE Multi-institutional Education Research Group (MERG; see Stefanidis et al., 2015; full citation below). These issues include, but are not limited to the assessment of resident competence and/or autonomy, faculty development, milestone integration, intraoperative instruction, and remediation.The overarching purpose of the Research Collaborative is to help researchers complete high quality, multi-institutional educational research studies.
This call is for proposals of multi-institutional research projects to be presented during the ASE 2020 meeting. The purpose of the presentations will be to seek additional sites interested in participating in well-defined multi-institutional surgical education research projects. Once applications are received, the Research Collaborative (a sub-group of the Surgical Education Research Group [SERG]) will select those that are appropriate for presentation during Surgical Education Week. The presentations at the spring meeting will help researchers 1) solicit additional sites for participant recruitment, 2) elicit feedback on research questions and methods, 3) learn about other ongoing multi-institutional research efforts. The Research Collaborative may also assist with IRB coordination, statistical analysis, research methodology, and site recruitment as needs are identified by study Principal Investigators. Additionally, there will be one multi-institutional collaborative grant awarded to a proposal accepted for presentation. In order to qualify for the grant, projects must already have > 3 geographically distinct sites willing to participate and must be open to involving additional interested sites. Authors must indicate in their application that they would like to be considered for the grant.
MULTI-INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH GRANT
The ASE Multi-institutional Research Grant award is for $5,000 USD that must be used for direct research costs. In addition to the financial award, grant awardees will also be given complimentary assistance from the SERG Research Collaborative for IRB coordination, statistical analysis, study coordination, research methodology issues, and site recruitment.
We request brief applications of intended research proposals. All applications are due on March 6, 2020, and must be formatted in Arial or Times New Roman font of at least 11 font size, single-spaced, and at least half-inch margins (top, bottom, left, and right) for all pages. Applications will be reviewed by members of the ASE Surgical Education Research Group.
All initial applications must include the following components:
- Research plan (4 pages maximum)
- Background and Aims
- Research strategy with summary of proposed analytic strategy
- Up to 24-month timetable (projected start date for funding is July 1, 2020)
- NIH-formatted biographical sketch for the Principal Investigator and any co-Principal Investigators
- All research sites should have one designated project coordinator and/or co-PI. The role that this person will play in the study at each site should be clearly indicated in the application.
- Letter of Support
- Letter from any applicable groups that will be studied from each institution (e.g., medical student clerkship or residency program director[s])
- Appendices (no limit), including any research or survey instruments you plan to use
- Budget (1 page maximum, required for those applying for the grant)
- Grant monies can be used for salary support of research assistants or other study staff.
- Please note that the budget cannot be used for indirect costs, administrative or travel costs, publication costs, or salary support for the Principal Investigator, Co-PIs, or collaborators.
Applicants must be an MD, DO, or PhD with a full-time clinical or research position in an academic medical institution where the research will be conducted. Applicants must also be an ASE member in good standing. If the applicant is currently in residency training, they must obtain a sponsor letter from an ASE member or program director at their primary research institution. Please contact [email protected] to confirm your member status.
Progress reports are due to the Research Collaborative at 6-month intervals after the start date of the grant until the final report is received. Final reports are due one month after completion of the project. The Research Collaborative will pass along all summary details of the research projects to the ASE Executive Board at its regular meetings. Details on reporting requirements and templates will be sent to the PI after project selection by the Research Collaborative.
PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH
All projects supported by the Research Collaborative must be submitted for presentation at the ASE annual meeting. If accepted, a submission to publish in AJS is required. If not, proof of submission to another journal is required. Please note: All participants in the Research Collaborative must acknowledge the Research Collaborative of the ASE in any presentations or publications resulting from a supported project.
Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on or before March 6, 2020. No late submissions will be accepted. Corrections of oversights/errors discovered after the deadline will not be allowed. All applications should be emailed to Dr. Sarah Jung ([email protected]). Please let her know if there are any questions or concerns about this process.
You will be notified by March 31, 2020, if you will be invited to give a brief presentation during Surgical Education Week.
Applicants may submit more than one proposal as long as they are sufficiently different from each other.
- Stefanidis D, Cochran A, Sevdalis N, Mellinger J, Phitayakorn R, Sullivan M, Barney L; Multi-Institutional Educational Research Group of the Association for Surgical Education. Research priorities for multi-institutional collaborative research in surgical education. Am J Surg. 2015 Jan;209(1):52-8. PMID: 25454954 → Needs assessment of current surgical education research problems that could be addressed through multi-institutional research.
- http://sbsirb.uchicago.edu/page/multi-institutional-research → Great overview of IRB issues when conducting multi-institutional research
- http://ebics-dev.mit.edu/content/module-3-ethical-issues-conduct-multi-institutional-collaborative-interdisciplinary-research → Written for basic scientists, but has some lessons on ethical issues associated with multi-institutional research that can be applied to surgical education research
SPECIAL SITUATIONS/CIRCUMSTANCES RELATED TO THE GRANT
No-cost extensions: Six month to one-year no-cost extensions may be given for unexpected situations. Written requests for extensions must be received ninety (90) days before the expiration of the original grant period and are subject to approval by the Chair of the SERG committee and the ASE Executive Board.
Additional Funding: The Principal Investigator is encouraged to apply for additional funding from other sources besides this ASE Grant.
Transferring Institutions: This grant is NOT transferable to another individual within the Institution and NOT transferable to another institution OR to operating funds. If the Principal Investigator leaves their Institution, all unused funds MUST be returned.
Presentation of Research: All projects funded with this ASE Grant must be submitted for presentation at the ASE Annual Meeting and publication in the meeting journal (even if not accepted for the meeting).