Anesthesia Patient Safety - Investigator Initiated Research Grants

Awards are made to a sponsoring institution, not to individuals or departments. Any qualified member of a sponsoring institution (hospital, university, clinic, etc) in the United States or Canada may apply.

  • Only one person may be listed as the principal investigator and all other co-investigators, collaborators and consultants must be listed.
  • Applications will not be accepted from a principal investigator currently funded by the APSF.
  • While there is no limit to the number of applications that may be submitted per individual or institution, APSF will award funding to no more than one proposal per PI in a given funding cycle.
  • Submissions of previously unfunded applications are allowed but must address the reviewer’s comments and how the re-application differs.

Stage 1: Letters of Intent

In the first stage, Letters of Intent (LOIs) are being solicited for research and development on anesthesia patient safety that is related to identifying the causes of preventable injuries and errors. Research proposals will be evaluated primarily for a potential contribution to patient safety, and subsequently for scientific merit, feasibility, and applicability. Based on the APSF’s Scientific Evaluation Committee’s evaluation of these LOIs, a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

LOI will be accepted electronically beginning January 8, 2019:

Letter of Intent due February 1, 2019 at 5PM EST

Poorly conceived ideas, failure to have a clear hypothesis or research plan, failure to demonstrate clearly the relationship of the work to patient safety, or failure to describe methodology (including power analysis) are the most frequent reasons for applications being disapproved or receiving a low priority score.

Areas of Research

Areas of research interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Studies that will yield results that directly increase patient safety, improve patient outcomes, and/or decrease incidence or severity of complications, morbidity, or mortality;
  • Studies that address peri-anesthetic safety problems for relatively healthy patients;
  • Studies that are broadly applicable to large numbers of patients AND that promise improved methods of patient safety with a defined and direct path to implementation into clinical care;
  • Innovative methods of education and training to improve patient safety;
  • The use of information technology to enhance perioperative patient safety;
  • Standardization of perioperative protocols to improve patient safety;
  • New clinical methods for prevention and/or early diagnosis of mishaps;
  • Evaluation of new and/or re-evaluation of old technologies for prevention and diagnosis of mishaps;
  • Identification of predictors of negative patient outcomes and/or anesthesiologist/anesthetist clinical errors;
  • Development of innovative methods for the study of low-frequency events;
  • Measurement of the cost effectiveness of techniques designed to increase patient safety;
  • Development of innovative methods for prevention of medication errors.
  • Studies of implementation of known safety ideas to a wide audience.

While projects that promise improved methods of patient safety with a defined and direct path to implementation into patient care settings are encouraged, of equal importance are studies of problems for which deeper understanding is needed before effective solutions can be applied.

Innovation and creativity are strongly encouraged, as are cross-disciplinary research teams. Because the resources of APSF are limited, priority will be given to topics that do not have other available sources for funding. Junior investigators with strong mentorship are encouraged to apply.

Agency Name: 
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Contact Name: 
Penny D'Agnone
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The maximum award amount is $150,000 for the entire term of the project. The maximum indirect cost rate is 15% of total direct costs and must be included in the total $150,000 maximum award. The number of grants to be awarded will depend on the nature and quality of applications received and the total amount of funds available. Projects may be for up to 2 years in duration. The amount of time devoted to different projects is variable, but in most instances, 10-30% effort (research time) is appropriate.
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External Deadline: 
Friday, February 1, 2019
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