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 seeks to build research capacity for family medicine scientific discovery and innovation by funding practicing family physicians to generate new evidence and innovative models for “what works” in real-world primary care settings.
FMD RapSDI program calls for applications to support short-term innovative and high-impact projects. 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 2020 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 AAFP National Research Network is proud to introduce the inaugural FMD RapSDI Scholars, Lauren Ciszak, MD and Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS, FAAFP. Following a competitive application process, Ciszak and Singh were selected to receive funding and support to address clinical questions and discover what works in a real-world setting through innovative research in primary care.
Ciszak will begin work on her project titled Medically Tailored Meal Kits as a Means of Decreasing ED Visits and Hospitalizations in Primary Care Patient with Chronic Disease, and Singh will begin his project titled Adapting Evidence-Based Male Intimate Partner Violence Perpetuation Interventions for use by Family Medicine Clinics and Patients.
Application submissions are divided into two competitive rounds. Successful applicants from Round 1 will be invited to apply for Round 2.
All complete Round 1 submissions will be reviewed, and notifications with decisions sent in November/December 2020. If invited to submit a Round 2 application, selected applicants will be matched with an AAFP NRN staff member and/or outside research mentor - if the applicant has not identified a mentor - to develop a research plan and budget.
Round 2 applications will be due March 15, 2021.
To be eligible to apply, the applicants must be:
Proposed projects must meet the following requirements:
The Cycle Two application for the Family Medicine Discovers RapSDI program will be open until Aug. 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
The AAFP NRN is seeking volunteer peer reviewers and mentors for FMD RapSDI.
Peer Reviewers will review applications and provide constructive comments for improvement. Timeframe for review is November 5 – 20, 2020. Each reviewer will review a maximum of 10 applications. The expected time commitment for application reviews is approximately six to eight hours.
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.
Mentorship Application: Time commitment will be from December 2019 – March 2020. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholar Project Mentorship: Time commitment will be dependent on project performance period. Each project will be 12-18 months in duration. Contact us at email@example.com.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.