In 2013, the Research Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) established the Novice Research Grant Program to further support the development of new investigators and research initiatives. To date, the Society has awarded 14 monetary awards to new research initiatives in healthcare simulation.
Novice researchers developing methodologically sound simulation-based research projects using
quantitative, qualitative or hybrid approaches are sought for the program. Studies that
are both innovative and have strong potential for a positive impact on
the simulation field are encouraged. The potential impact on the
applicant’s career is also considered.
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) was established in January 2004 to represent the rapidly growing group of stakeholders who utilize a variety of simulation techniques for education, assessment, and research in health care. The membership, now numbering over 4,000, is united by its desire to improve healthcare worker performance and reduce errors in patient care using all types of simulation tools including computer screen-based simulators, task trainers, human patient simulators, virtual reality, hybrid devices, and standardized patients. We are a broad-based, multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty, international society with ties to medical specialties, nursing, allied health paramedical personnel, technologists, and industry.
The main objective for the provision of these grants is to support novice investigators. Criteria for eligible investigators are as follows:
Eligible applicants should have received no more than $10,000 in grant funding in the past.
Eligible applicants must have less than five peer-reviewed publications as either first author or contributing author.
Eligible applicants must have completed training in the past five years.
Eligible applicants must have less than five years of research experience.
NOTE: Only one project submission will be accepted from each Principal Investigator.
NOTE: The application period for the 2020 Program is now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in Spring, 2020.
Step 1: Letter of Intent
Letters of Intent (LOI) describing the proposed project must be submitted for the first round of review.
- Background/Rationale of the Project (1500 characters, including spaces)
- Study Hypothesis/Objective (1500 characters, including spaces)
- Methodological Approach (2000 characters, including spaces)
- Study Timeline (1500 characters, including spaces)
- Budget Outline (1500 characters, including spaces)
- References (No character limit).A bibliography of references to support the research project is encouraged.
If selected for further review, investigators will be subsequently invited to submit a full grant application. Approximately 10% of submitters of Letters of Intent will be asked to submit a full application.
WINNERS - 2020 SSH Novice Research Grant
2020 Novice Research Grant Award: Simulation Training and Assessment in Interventional Cardiology Principal Investigator: Yao Xiao,
Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University
2020 Novice Research Grant Award:
Increasing Pediatric Readiness in Critical Access
Hospitals: An In-Situ Simulation Based Improvement Program
Principal Investigator: Emily Mathias, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
2020 Novice Research Grant Award: Validation of Using Video-Based Simulation to Assess Task Mental Representations Principal Investigator: Vicky JH Yeh, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MinnesotaWINNERS - 2019 SSH Novice Research Grant
2019 Novice Research Grant Award: Pediatric Sepsis Readiness in Latvian Emergency Departments: A Simulation-Based Trial Principal Investigator: Reinis Balmaks, MD, Riga Stradins University, Latvia
2019 Novice Research Grant Award: Examining Relationships of the Simulation Faculty Workload Model Principal Investigator: Nikki Blodgett, PhD, RN, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
2019 Novice Research Grant Award: ESimulation-based Mastery Learning for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Principal Investigator: Brittany Dahlen, BAN, RN, CCRN-K, CPHON, CPN, Children's Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota
WINNERS – 2018 SSH Novice Research Grant
2018 Novice Research Grant Award: Determining the interval of training required for competence and creating a Musculoskeletal Workshop with Simulators for Primary Care Physicians in Training Principal Investigator: Mary Lan, MD, Trippler Army Medical, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
2018 Novice Research Grant Award: Does Simulation-Based Teaching Reduce CT Scans in Children with Very Low Risk Head Trauma Principal Investigator: Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky, MD, MA, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook, New York, USA.
2018 Novice Research Grant Award: Use of Asynchronous Learning & Online Mentoring as a Low Cost Solution to Develop Simulation Educators in Indian Subcontinent Principal Investigator: Asit Misra, MD, MEM, OhioHealth Learning, Columbus, OH, USA.
WINNERS - 2017 SSH Novice Research Grant
2017 Novice Research Grant Award: Entrustable Professional Activities: Can Simulation be Used to Assess Competency? Principal Investigator: Tiffany Moadel, Leigh Evans, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
2017 Novice Research Grant Award: How Does Variation of Moulage Authenticity Impact Engagement of Participants in a Simulation? Principal Investigator: Jessica Stokes-Parrish, University of Newcastle School of Medicine, Hunter Region, Australia.
2017 Novice Research Grant Award: Socioeconomic Bias: Impact on Physician Decision-making and Patient Safety. Principal Investigator: Heather Fasano, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
2017 Novice Research Grant Award: Implementation of Mental Skills to Enhance Medical Students' Performance. Principal Investigator: Nicholas Anton, MS, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
WINNERS - 2016 SSH Novice Research Grant
2016 Novice Research Grant Award: De-escalating Angry Caregivers: RCT for Pediatric Trainees Using an SP Curriculum. Principal Investigator: Sarah Hillgenberg, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California, USA.
2016 Novice Research Grant Award: Performance of an ED In-Situ Simulation Program Designed to Improve Sepsis Care. Principal Investigator: Lillian Wong, MD, Institute for Advanced Simulation and Learning (IMSAL), Bronx, New York, USA.
WINNER - 2015 SSH Novice Research Grant
2015 Novice Research Grant Award: Defining the Learning Curve for the Digital Labor Cervical Exam. Principal Investigator: Joshua F. Nitsche, MD, PhD, Wake Forest School of Medicine,Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.
WINNER - 2014 SSH Novice Research Grant
2014 Novice Research Grant Award: Interprofessional Education in Pharmacology using High-fidelity Simulation. Principal Investigator: Brittney Meyer, PharmD, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA.
For questions, please contact the SSH Office of Continuing Education
SSH Office of Continuing Education