Application Cycle for 2025 Projects
Letter of Intent Instructions
In 2013, the Research Committee of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) established the Early Simulation Career Research Award 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, mixed-method approaches are sought for these awards. 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.
Research awards of up to $10,000 are available.
How to Apply
Step 1: Letter of Intent
The letter of intent (LOI) is a high-level outline of your research project, including the gap to be addressed through the research, the overall design/methodology planned to complete the project, your project timeline, budget, and supporting references.
Deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) - Monday, June 3, 2024 - 5:00 PM Eastern (US)
Step 2: Invitation to Submit a Full Proposal
Upon completion of the LOI review process, selected applicants will be invited to submit a comprehensive and fully detailed proposal for further review and final consideration for funding.
Award Notification and Announcement
Awardees will be notified by November 1, 2024 and announced at the 25th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH 2025), being held in Orlando, FL, USA, January 10-14, 2025.
Period of Funding
Projects must be completed within 18 months from the date of receipt of funds.
Principal Investigators receiving a grant award are required to submit a progress report at nine months and a final report at the end of the 18 months.
Publication and Presentation Requirements
Manuscripts resulting from awarded studies must be submitted FIRST to Simulation in Healthcare, the official journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. If, during the peer review process, the manuscript is not accepted to Simulation in Healthcare, authors are free to submit the work to other journals of their choice.
An abstract resulting from the project must be submitted for presentation at a live or virtual SSH-sponsored educational program.
- The principal investigator (PI) may not have received more than $10,000 (USD) in previous research award funding.
- The PI may not have been the primary author on more than five peer-reviewed articles now in publication.
- One project submission will be accepted from each PI.
- Mentorship from an experienced researcher is required. The mentor must be listed as a project investigator.
- Co-investigators other than the project mentor are encouraged, though not required.
NOTE: Only one project submission will be accepted from each Principal Investigator.
Scope of Project
- Studies that are both innovative and have strong potential for a positive impact on the simulation field are encouraged
- A comprehensive range of sound empirical research methods will be considered (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)
- Projects should not be related to funding for current or future academic research required for degree completion
- Projects in receipt of funding from non-SSH sources will not be considered
- Award funding is not intended for review projects (e.g. scoping reviews, meta-analysis, systematic reviews)
- Award funding may be used for PILOT projects that are intended to lead to larger investigations
Award funding may be used for:
- Personnel costs - up to 40% (e.g. stipends for faculty/staff/graduate students/trainees, research assistants, project managers, statisticians, data analysts, subject matter experts, consultants, standardized participants (SPs)
- Equipment/material costs - up to 50% (e.g. VR headsets, task trainers, wearables, computers, software, printing, paper, cloud storage, questionnaires, licensed tools)
- Study participant support - up to 10% (e.g. gift cards, food and beverage support, parking)
Award funding may not be used for:
- Conference and event fees
- Membership fees
- Professional development fees (e.g. tuition for educational programs or certification)
- Indirect costs (e.g. organizational administrative support, organizational equipment, rental of space, utilities).
Letter of Intent (LOI) Requirements
Applicants are required to submit the Letter of Intent (LOI). In order to access the LOI submission form, applicants will first need to login to the SSH website at ssih.org, however, membership in the Society is NOT required for application to the award program.
Applicants will receive a confirmation email when the submission has been completed and readied for peer review. Incomplete or nonconforming LOIs will not be forwarded for peer review.
Ethics Review and Human Subject Protection
All proposals submitted must include evidence of submission to the Ethics Review Board at the institution where the proposed work will take place, regardless of whether human subjects are used. Documentation of approval or exemption of the project by the review board is not required at the time of proposal application but will be required before the funding of the project.
Background (1,000 characters, includes spaces)
A succinct overview of the field to be studied, including what is known about the topic and what remains to be explored is required. Describe how and why the proposed research will advance understanding in the field or bridge gaps in knowledge. The background literature should also include any supporting theoretical or conceptual framework as dictated by the specific research areas.
Research Question (1,000 characters, includes spaces)
Describe the research question driving the project and the need for the project within the field of healthcare simulation. Projects that can be broadly applied to the field of simulation are encouraged. List the goals and objectives of your study (e.g. to test the hypothesis of your research question). The hypothesis must be clearly stated for quantitative research. For qualitative research, a hypothesis is not necessary, but guiding research questions should be stated instead. Specific aims for the project should also be clearly stated.
Research Methodology (1,000 characters, includes spaces)
Clearly describe the methodology planned for the project, including the research framework intended. It is often useful to organize this section by listing each aim followed by the specific methodology that will be used to accomplish that aim. Other important components can include proposed inclusion and exclusion criteria for subjects, well defined outcome measures, proposed statistical testing, anticipated sample size, and the overall data collection and management strategy. Be as specific as possible.
Project Timeline (1,000 characters, includes spaces)
Provide a timeline overview for project completion within the 18-month time period.
Budget (1,000 characters, includes spaces)
A high-level budget summary must be included, followed by a detailed budget justification explaining how the award funds will specifically be used. The budget justification must demonstrate that adequate support and time will be dedicated toward completion of the stated goals.
References (Include no more than 10 references)
Contact Kathryn Adams, MA at email@example.com
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.
WINNERS - 2024 SSH Early Career Research Award
Use of a Focused Hybrid Curriculum
and Task Trainer to Train and Maintain Surgical Airway Skills among Anesthesia Providers
Charles Lin, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh
The Application of Virtual
Simulation in Promoting Empathy
Principle Investigator: Samantha
EdD, RN, MSN, CCRN-A, CHSE, CNE
University Eastbay, Hayward, California, USA
Using Virtual Reality in
Training Behavior Technicians Who Work with Children with Autism
Adam Scott Hockman, MA
ABA Technologies & MGH Institute of
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
WINNERS - 2023 SSH Early Career Research Award
The Novel Use of Technology to Support
Sustainability of an Obstetric Emergency Simulation Program in a Middle-Income
Principle Investigator: Sasha Hernandez, MD
New York University, New York, USA
Differences in Student Experiences of Virtual
Simulation Co-creation: Shifting Healthcare Education
Equity-centered Authentic Assessment: A Phenomenographic Study
Principle Investigator: Laura Killam, PhD(c), RN
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
WINNERS - 2022 SSH Early Career Research Award
Simulation Improve Medical Decision-Making in EMS?
Investigator: Daniel Johnson, MD
State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
of a Novel VR Crisis Scenario Simulation for Anesthesia Trainees
Investigator: Lenard William Babus, MD
Hospital of Philadelphia
WINNERS - 2021 SSH Early Career Research Award
of a Novel Distance-based Learning Curriculum Comparing Immersive Virtual
Reality Curriculum to Standardized Simulation for Residents Across Multiple
Investigator: Erin Hulfish, MD
Brook Children’s Hospital
Brook, New York, USA
Experience with High-fidelity Tracheostomy Simulation: A Qualitative Study
Investigator: Darlene Acorda, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, CHSE
Houston, Texas, USA
WINNERS - 2020 SSH Early Career Research Award
Simulation Training and Assessment in Interventional Cardiology
Investigator: Yao Xiao
Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University
Increasing Pediatrid Readiness in Critical Access Hospitals: An In-Situ Simulation-based Improvement Program
Principle Investigator: Emily Mathias
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Validation of Using Video-based Simulation to Assess Task Mental Representations
Principle Investigator: Vicky JH Yeh
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
WINNERS - 2019 SSH Early Career Research Award
Pediatric Sepsis Readiness in Latvian Emergency Departments: A Simulation-based Trial
Principal Investigator: Reinis Balmaks, MD
Riga Stradins University
Examining Relationships of the
Simulation Faculty Workload Model
Principal Investigator: Nikki
Blodgett, PhD, RN
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
ESimulation-based Mastery Learning for
the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Principal Investigator: Brittany
Dahlen, BAN, RN, CCRN-K, CPHON, CPN
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
WINNERS - 2018 SSH Early Career Research 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
Trippler Army Medical
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
Use of Asynchronous Learning &
Online Mentoring as a Low-cost Solution to Develop Simulation Educators in
Principal Investigator: Asit
Misra, MD, MEM
WINNERS - 2017 SSH Early Career Research Award
Entrustable Professional Activities:
Can Simulation be Used to Assess Competency?
Principal Investigator: Tiffany
Moadel, Leigh Evans
Yale School of Medicine
How Does Variation of Moulage
Authenticity Impact Engagement of Participants in a Simulation?
Principal Investigator: Jessica
University of Newcastle School of
Hunter Region, Australia
Socioeconomic Bias: Impact on
Physician Decision-making and Patient Safety
Principal Investigator: Heather
Carolinas Healthcare System
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Implementation of Mental Skills to
Enhance Medical Students' Performance
Principal Investigator: Nicholas
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
WINNERS - 2016 SSH Early Career Research Award
De-escalating Angry Caregivers: RCT
for Pediatric Trainees Using an SP Curriculum
Principal Investigator: Sarah
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California, USA
Performance of an ED In-Situ
Simulation Program Designed to Improve Sepsis Care
Principal Investigator: Lillian
Institute for Advanced Simulation and
Bronx, New York, USA
WINNERS - 2015 SSH Early Career Research 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
WINNERS - 2014 SSH Early Career Research Award
Interprofessional Education in
Pharmacology using High-fidelity Simulation
Principal Investigator: Brittney
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota, USA
For questions, please contact the Kristyn Gadlage at the SSH Office of Accreditation.