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Directed Research Grants

The Emergency Medicine Foundation’s (EMF) mission is to fund research and education to improve emergency medicine practice and patient care. EMF partners with corporations, federal agencies, and professional medical organizations that share an interest in expanding the knowledge base necessary to advance the specialty of emergency medicine.

Partnering with EMF to support directed research allows the partner organization to achieve strategic research goals, while providing unbiased research results to the emergency medicine community. With your grant support, we can work with you to determine the scope of a research question and project. We also work through unrestricted grants if your organization must remain hands off in crafting the grant proposal.

Budgets are developed and provided to meet research goals. Upon completion of the research, an abstract will be presented at the ACEP Research Forum, published in a special Research Forum edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine and the completed research article will be submitted to Annals and/or other evidence-based journals.

Your support will be recognized for support through the following channels:
• Call for proposals, awards, and promotion of research results
• EMF Thank You Message in Annals of Emergency Medicine
• Promotion on EMF website
• ACEP’s Research Forum
• ACEP and EMF General Communications (40,000+ emergency physicians)

Process & Timeline
Directed grants are developed and managed to a yearly timeline. In certain circumstances the process and timelines can be modified. 

1 month

  • Grant supporter and staff define and develop scope and budget of research project.
  • Proposed project scope is reviewed and approved by EMF Board of Trustees.

1-2 months

  • EMF staff drafts Request For Proposal (RFP).
  • Grant supporter reviews and approves final draft of RFP.                                     
  • Grant supporter sends full grant funds and 20% coordination fee to EMF.

2-3 months

  • EMF promotes RFP to emergency medicine community allowing several months to ensure a sufficient number of competitive applications received. 

3 months


  • The Scientific Review Subcommittee scores each proposal in accordance with NIH guidelines, to determine which proposals are fundable. They then provide award recommendation to EMF Board of Trustees.
  • EMF Board of Trustees reviews and approves grant award. (Note: To ensure non-biased research, grant supporter is unable to take part in selection or approval of grantee(s). EMF Board of Trustees reserves full rights for final approval of grantee selection.)     
  • EMF awards grant and informs grant supporter. First grant payment is made.

6 months after grant award

  • EMF receives a 6-month progress report from grantee for approval by EMF staff and Scientific Review Subcommittee.  If approved, EMF releases second half of funds. 
  • EMF provides 6-month progress report to corporate/foundation underwriter.
  • A Grantee Workshop is hosted where EMF-funded researchers receive feedback and guidance from mentors, peers, and NIH program officers.

12 months after grant award


  • EMF receives a 12-month (final) progress report from grantee for approval. (Note: If the grant period is longer than 12 months, reports are due every 6 months.)

2 months later 

  •  EMF provides final, approved progress report to grant supporter.
  • Grantee presents study abstract at ACEP’s Scientific Assembly Research Forum and publishes abstract in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Complete research article will be submitted to Annals and other academic journals

EMF staff and physician led work:
• Create, manage, and promote the Request for Proposal (RFP) process
• Review and score the applications
• Award the grants
• Monitor the progress of the grantee to ensure successful project completion
• Provide progress reports to the supporter
• Coordinate abstract presentation at ACEP Research Forum