Family Medicine Discovers Rapid Cycle Scientific Discovery and Innovation (FMD RapSDI) is a signature program funded by the AAFP Foundation in collaboration with the AAFP National Research Network (AAFP NRN).
FMD RapSDI supports short-term innovative and high-impact projects led by practicing family physicians. No previous research experience is required. Physicians selected as FMD RapSDI Scholars will serve as Principal Investigators for their projects, and will receive support and mentorship from AAFP NRN staff to develop and refine a research protocol, perform project activities, and conduct data analysis. Scholars have the opportunity to participate in one or more research conferences/meetings and author a manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal.
Two practicing family physicians will be selected as 2022 FMD RapSDI scholars. Each scholar will receive a $40,000 grant for project associated costs and/or to offset time/salary required to conduct research. The AAFP Foundation does not provide grant funds for indirect or overhead costs, including facility and administration costs.
The 2022 FMD RapSDI Application runs July 1 through August 23, 2021 (application portal closes at 5:00 p.m. CT). Application submissions are divided into two competitive rounds. All complete Round 1 submissions will be reviewed, and notifications with decisions will be sent in November/December 2021. Successful Round 1 applicants will be invited to apply for Round 2.
If invited to submit for Round 2, selected applicants will work with a mentor to develop a research plan and budget. If an applicant has not identified a mentor at the time of application, they will be matched with an AAFP NRN staff member and/or outside research mentor. Round 2 applications are due March 15, 2022.
"Our goal is to help practicing family physicians thoughtfully try to solve issues they see in their office. FMD RapSDI allows doctors who don’t typically do research to explore and scale great ideas, quickly.” - Dr. Rebecca Jaffe, president of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees
To be eligible to apply, the applicants must be:
Proposed projects must meet the following requirements:
The Cycle 3 application for the Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI program will be open until Aug. 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
The AAFP NRN is seeking volunteer peer reviewers and mentors for FMD RapSDI.
Peer Reviewers: Peer Reviewers will review applications and provide constructive comments for improvement. Timeframe for review is Sept. 1-27, 2021. Each reviewer will review no more than 10 applications. The expected time commitment for application reviews is approximately four to eight hours. Sign up to serve as a peer reviewer.
Mentors: Mentors will assist RapSDI scholars in developing a research proposal, protocol, and budget, as well as in identifying professional development opportunities in line with Scholar goals. Read more about mentor expectations.
Mentorship Application: The time commitment will be from December 2021-March 2022.
Scholar Project Mentorship: The time commitment will be dependent on project performance period. Each project will be a maximum 12 months in duration.
If you're interested in serving as a mentor to a RapSDI finalist or scholar, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AAFP National Research Network is proud to introduce the 2020 FMD RapSDI Scholars, Lauren Ciszak, MD and Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP.
Dr. Ciszak’s project, Medically Tailored Meal Kits as a Means of Decreasing ED Visits and Hospitalizations in Primary Care Patient with Chronic Disease, is in the analysis phase. Dr. Singh’s project, Adapting Evidence-Based Male Intimate Partner Violence Perpetuation Interventions for use by Family Medicine Clinics and Patients, is currently in the intervention phase. Learn more about the first scholars selected for the program.
The 2021 FMD RapSDI Scholars have started their projects. The AAFP NRN is proud to introduce and congratulate Dr. Iman Majd MD, MS, L.Ac for Feasibility of implementing and evaluating group Auricular Acupuncture (AA) for for chronic pain management in a primary care setting and Dr. Sanjay Batish, MD, FAAFP, for Can the SaFETy score predict an adolescent-young adult’s gun violence exposure over a six-month period when conducted in a non-urban primary care setting? Learn more about the newest scholars selected for the program.
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