Small Grants

The Small Grants Program is generously supported by the Medical Staff Executive Committee and Hartford Hospital Endowment Funds to fund investigator initiated projects which may be small research projects, or pilot/feasibility studies. The goal is to provide seed money to support research projects that have the potential to subsequently generate research funding from external sources.

The primary goal of the program is to support research leading to later external funding, therefore preference will be given to such studies.  Secondary goals are to support projects that are undertaken with expectation of a peer reviewed publication or presentation, and/or contribute knowledge toward an important clinical issue facing Hartford HealthCare.

When to apply: Small Grant applications will be reviewed by the Committee, three or four times per year.  For 2012, reviews were held in January and will be in March, June and October.  Applications must be submitted and complete two weeks prior to meeting; due dates for 2012 are Feb 22, May 23 and Sep 24.  Any questions about the application timing should be addressed to Ilene Staff (ext 5-0178).

Maximum Award: $10,000 per grant for human studies (animal studies can have budget up to $15,000), only direct costs are included; indirect costs are waived. This may include salary off-sets for Principal Investigators who are full time hospital employees (fringe costs are included in directs).  Fee schedule for Research Administration design and database design services is available in notes of the budget form.
For more information on the submission process, click here or contact Ilene Staff, ilene.staff@hhchealth.org or (860) 545-0178.

For full Request for Proposals (RFP) click here.

Medical Staff Funded New Investigator Awards (New for 2012)

Overview: The Hartford HealthCare Research Institute and Research Committee announces the new “New Investigator” funding program to support residents, fellows or any HHC employees who require nominal financial support for small research projects.  This program is made possible through the generous support of the Medical Staff Executive Committee and Hartford Hospital Endowment Funds.  

The primary goal of the program is to support research done as part of the investigator’s educational experience but can also support small projects that would contribute to research programs or improved patient care.

Who can apply:  Participants in post graduate training programs or Hartford Healthcare employees who are in the first five years of their careers and have never received HHC research funding. The New Investigators should be guided by an identified mentor who must take an active role in the project, serving as a Co-PI.

When to apply:  New Investigator applications will be reviewed twice per year.  In 2012, the reviews will take place in April and October. Applications must be submitted and complete two weeks prior to the meeting; due dates for 2012 are March 21 and September 24.  Any questions about the application timing should be addressed to Ilene Staff (ext 5-0178).

Maximum Award: $2,000 per grant in direct costs is included; indirect costs are waived. The grant funding can cover statistics and database services, lab or test fees, or patient compensation. Salary costs and travel are not covered.  The fee schedule for Research Administration analysis and database design services is available in notes of the budget form (see below).

For full Request for Proposals (RFP) click here.

Medical Staff Patient Safety And Quality Research Grant Competition

NOTE: Letter of Intent (LOI) due 4/16/2012

Beginning in 2010, The Medical Staff Executive Committee is committing $75,000 to sponsor this new program designed to encourage investigators to develop research projects aimed at improving patient safety and enhancing the quality of health care service delivery at Hartford Hospital.  The Committee and Medical Staff are interested in receiving proposals addressing a wide variety of topics, including core measures established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Goals, and other areas with clear implications for patient safety and/or health care quality improvement.  

Scope and Eligibility

  1. These funds are intended to support research projects related to these measures and goals with a well defined study period, a well defined set of outcome measures and appropriate statistical analysis and are NOT meant to fund on-going program efforts.
  2. In order to be able to fund multiple projects with the potential to impact patient care, maximum project budgets should be $15,000. There are no overhead costs for these projects.
  3. It is expected that projects will be of one year duration, exclusive of manuscript preparation, however no-cost extensions may be provided on a case-by-case basis.
  4. It is not necessary that the project Principal Investigator (PI) be a member of the Medical Staff, however the project MUST involve a member of the Medical Staff as an active member of the research team.
  5. The committee is particularly interested in receiving submissions that address novel approaches to improving patient care.
  6. The project should be undertaken with the expectation of abstract presentation and or publication in a regional or national forum. The fulfillment of this expectation will be taken into consideration when future requests for funding are considered.
For full Request for Proposals (RFP) click here

Open Competition  (Pending Availability)

The Research Committee has in the past supported both larger research studies and funding requests for research infrastructure and other types of support, such as clinical databases, personnel, or equipment. Funding for these type/scope of studies is currently not available but specific needs can be discussed.
 
We look forward to working with Hartford Hospital researchers in making these new funding opportunities successful means of expanding research at our institution.