All research projects should yield results that can be applied or used by similar healthcare organizations. We are particularly interested in projects that address the current areas of focus of the AAMI Foundation: continuous electronic monitoring of patients on opioids; clinical alarm management; infusion therapy safety in hospitals; transitioning infusion therapy into the nonclinical environment; and improving how clinicians are trained to use complex healthcare technology.
While projects that promise improved methods of patient safety with a defined and direct path to implementation into patient care settings are encouraged, studies of problems for which deeper understanding is needed before effective solutions can be applied are also important.
Because the resources of AAMI Foundation are limited, priority will be given to topics that do not have other available sources for funding. Junior investigators with strong mentorship are encouraged to apply.
Proposals with a low likelihood of funding include those:
- Whose results would not have a clear and direct link to near-term improvements in clinical care and patient safety.
- That seek to develop products or equipment for commercial purposes.
- That are basic science proposals involving cells, tissues, or animals. Whole animal studies may be considered, but only in the rare circumstance in which an alternative testing of a critical patient safety hypothesis in human studies is not feasible.
- That would create patient safety education curricula or that propose methods that do not include a rigorous evaluation of content validity and/or benefit.
Poorly conceived ideas, failure to have a clear hypothesis or research plan, failure to demonstrate clearly the relationship of the work to patient safety, or failure to describe methodology will result in applications being rejected or receiving a low priority score.