Effectively answering HSR questions often requires a multidisciplinary team with diverse yet complimentary expertise. Thus, this funding mechanism does not require that the Principal Investigator be an OT, but does require the research topic to be relevant to the field of occupational therapy. However, if the PI is not an OT, the team must include a major role by an occupational therapist to ensure the OT perspective is reflected in all aspects of the study (e.g. question development, study execution, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination).
There are two options for a HSR grant.
HSR Pilot Study Option #1:
Includes pilot studies examining an occupational therapy-related question using data from administrative or healthcare dataset(s) (e.g. Medicare Administrative data, Health System Electronic Medical records).
Funding Required: $100,000 per grant.
Funding may be used to cover full-time equivalent (FTE) for Principal Investigator and other key personnel, data acquisition costs, software for data analysis, consultant fees, and dissemination activities. These studies may run up to 2 years given the time necessary to purchase administrative data, clean the data, and conduct analysis before manuscript development.
HSR Pilot Study Option #2:
Includes pilot studies examining a rehabilitation question using data from publicly available datasets (e.g., Health and Retirement Survey, National Health and Aging Trends Study, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, LTCFocus).
Funding Required: $50,000 per grant.
Funding may be used to cover full-time equivalent (FTE) for Principal Investigator and other key personnel for work and statistical consulting. Data sets for these studies are free and thus would not require purchasing of data or paying for health systems IT personal. These studies may run up to 1 year.
The AOTF HSR is ideally targeted to principal investigators who do not currently have substantial extramural research awards as an independent principal investigator (e.g., R01, PCORI, Research Program Project Grant, Veterans Administration Merit Award, Field-Initiated Project). Typically, the principal investigator (PI) will have a funding history associated with early stage, emerging, or early midcareer investigators that may include small research grants and training-related or mentored career awards. The PI must also have a commitment from an experienced research mentor who has an established record of substantial extramural grant funding, peer-reviewed publications and supervision and mentoring of researchers.
The Health Services Research grant program receives major funding from The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®).
Questions: Contact the AOTF at (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note: it may take a few days for a reply.
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