A perennial issue for junior EM investigators is lack of guidance in, and experience with, development and funding of initial, small-scale study proposals. Many senior investigators believe that creating and getting funding for a research proposal is similar to the entrepreneurial process of developing/funding a business proposal. Drawing on the innovative and humorous format of the popular “Shark Tank” television show, adapted for our specialty, this didactic’s panel of senior EM researchers will provide real-time guidance on this model of proposal development.
The didactic will begin with a brief (10-minute) presentation on the 5 critical elements of a junior research/grant proposal, by a mid-career EM researcher. We will introduce the 4 basic structural components of a successful study proposal: the concept (the unmet need), the plan (how they are going to solve it), the outcome (what the metric of success is), and their credentials (why we should “invest” in them).
We will then offer junior researchers the chance to present their study idea to our “Lion’s Den” panel. (Proposals will be solicited in advance through research director and research fellowship listservs, as well as SAEM-wide advertisements.) Each proposal will be presented using a standard format. It will then be critiqued by our panelists. For the most successful proposals, we will offer a true “investment” in the form of distance mentorship by panel members.