Heroes Implementation Research Scholar Award
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announces the availability of two APIC Heroes Implementation Research Scholar (HIRS) Awards for January 2017- March 2018.
The primary goals of the Heroes in Implementation Research Scholarship are to:
- Promote research in implementation science;
- Improve patient outcomes by championing for systemic adoption of infection prevention and control programs in healthcare settings; and
- Highlight evidence-based and best practices in instituting this approach.
This scholarship will provide career development opportunities for highly qualified individuals and help to create bridges between infection preventionists and professionals in other clinical disciplines.
Two awards of up to $40,000 each will be granted for a project period from January 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018. The payment period is January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017; the last 3 months of the project period is to be utilized to finalize a manuscript for submission to the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).
APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Our mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection. This is achieved by the provision of better care to promote better health at a lower cost. APIC Strategic Plan 2020 outlines five key areas in which APIC can make significant contributions: patient safety; implementation science; infection preventionist competencies and certification; advocacy; and data standardization.
The 2017-2018 APIC HIRS Awards will support research that advances infection prevention through implementation science. Implementation Science has been defined as research that creates new knowledge about how best to design, implement, and evaluate quality improvement initiatives. The most competitive applications will focus on implementation science, demonstrating its value and implications for infection prevention and quality efforts across clinical settings.
Applicants are encouraged to submit innovative proposals that are achievable within the allotted award funding, time frame, and their available support resources. APIC will not provide direct technical, scientific, or data support services as part of the awards.
Consistent with the indicators of success for implementation science included in APIC Strategic Plan 2020, it is expected that recipients of the APIC Research awards will present the results of their findings at the APIC Annual Conference and prepare a manuscript for submission to APIC’s scholarly journal, American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).
- Project funding will be commensurate with the size and scope of the proposed project. APIC may elect to award less than $40,000 if warranted by the specifications of the proposal.
- All funds must be used in direct support of the project. All direct research costs (including salary, benefits, research supplies, etc.) are permitted; this proposal does not support indirect costs.
- Initial release, publication or any other form of dissemination of awarded project will be via APIC venues mentioned above and will include acknowledgement of funding through the APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention program and its funding mechanism.
- Applicants must be current members of APIC; if you are not yet a member but would like to submit a proposal for this award, please go here https://apic.org/Member-Services/Join to join as a member.
- Researchers, including those in early career stages, may submit a proposal through their organization. The lead researcher must hold a graduate degree but is not required to be employed as an infection preventionist.
- Preference will be given to applicants who are tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
Members of the APIC Research Committee, current APIC directors or APIC staff members are not eligible to apply. Family members of individuals serving in one of these capacities are not eligible to apply without prior written permission.
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|September 12, 2016||Request for Applications released|
|October 24, 2016||Complete application required by 5:00 pm PST||Submit via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|November 21, 2016||Awardees notified|
|January 1, 2017||Start of award period||50% of total award granted|
|January-April 2017||Regular check-ins with Research Committee members (as needed) and APIC staff||Awardee to create work-plan and time-line by mid-January|
|Mid-April 2017||Check-in with APIC staff||Submit outline and well-developed project plan for review and feedback by Research Committee|
|June 2017||Oral presentation of progress to APIC research committee at APIC Annual Conference||Submit written report (on work done so far) to APIC staff prior to meeting at Annual Conference|
|Mid-September 2017||Check-in with APIC staff||Submit first final draft and draft abstract for manuscript for review and feedback by Research Committee|
|December 31, 2017||End of payment period||Remainder of award granted upon submission of full report, including final abstract for manuscript submission and budget|
|Mid-February 2018||Check-in with APIC staff||Submit complete draft of manuscript to APIC staff for Research Committee|
|March 30, 2018||End of project||Submit manuscript to AJIC|
|BD is pleased to support the 2016 APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Program and the outstanding and essential work of the Heroes honorees in the field of infection prevention.|