SSH Early Career Simulation Research Grant

SSH Early Career Researcher Grant Program

NOTE:  Applications Cycle for 2023 Projects Now CLOSED!

Applications for the 2024 Award Cycle will open in Summer, 2023.

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Grant Objectives

In 2013, the Research Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) established the Early Career Simulation Research Grant Program (formerly the SSH Novice Research Grant Program) to support the development of new investigators and research initiatives.  The Society has awarded over 20 monetary awards to early career research projects in healthcare simulation.

Early career 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. 

About SSH

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. ;   

Applicant Eligibility

The main objective for the provision of these grants is to support novice investigators. Criteria for eligible investigators are as follows:

  • The primary investigator may not have received more than $10,000 USD in previous research grant funding.
  • The primary investigator may not have been a primary or contributing author on more than five simulation-based peer-reviewed articles in publication.

NOTE:  Only one project submission will be accepted from each Principal Investigator.

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, Guangzhou, China

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, Minnesota

WINNERS - 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 Kristyn Gadlage at the SSH Office of Accreditation.