Types of studies include, but are not limited to:
1) Point prevalence studies which describe a fundamental clinical care intervention and/or practice in a neuroscience intensive care unit
2) Informatics studies, which describe the fundamental aspects of data acquisition, monitoring, storage, analysis or processing in the neuroscience intensive, care unit.
3) Translational studies, which foster novel treatment for common diseases seen in the neuroscience intensive care unit, with emphasis on proof of concept in a targeted patient population, conducted in a small multicenter study.
4) Pilot observational studies to determine feasibility of conducting a future observational or interventional study in the neuroscience intensive care unit.
5) Pilot trials to determine feasibility of conducting a future trial in the neuroscience intensive care unit.
6) Multidisciplinary process-oriented research that directly impact patient-centered care and outcomes
7) Population studies that will directly enhance the care of neurocritically ill patients.
Collaboration Objectives that are desired for this application:
Facilitate a future multi-center center approach to enhance scientific rigor and generalizability.
2) Enhance the opportunities for the NCRN to conduct early-phase studies.
3) Create data formats, which could be used as models for national networks.
The following will not be considered in this FOA:
- Retrospective studies
- Focused self-reported surveys
- Mechanistic physiological studies in a laboratory setting
- Computational Algorithm development in a laboratory setting using preexisting data
- Infrastructure or registry development proposals
The award will be up to $100,000. 10% indirect costs will be permitted if a necessary requirement of the institution. A single award will be issued each year. The award must be spent within period of the award notice, with no-cost extensions permissible without appropriate justification.
Budget Constraints: The budget is constrained to the following:
- $15,000 maximum salary support for the PI
- Patient enrollment reimbursement for study related costs
- $10,000 for equipment
- $5,000 for travel to facilitate multi-center study
The applicant must be an active NCS member in good standing. Members in all career stages are eligible to apply as long as the study requirements described in the FOA are met. For purposes of career development, early career investigators and trainees are encouraged to apply for a separate NCS Research Fellowship Training Award RFA. Healthcare professionals providing neurocritical care in different roles, including physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and PhD-scientists are encouraged to apply.