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Grant FAQs

Can EMF grants fund non-US researchers from non-US institutions for international research projects?

No. While EMF does support International emergency medicine research, we can only provide funds to U.S.-based institutions. Potential grantees are encouraged to connect with a U.S. university/mentor to see if applications can be submitted through their organizations.

Can you submit more than one application if a project fits the criteria for multiple grants?

Yes. When a project falls under multiple categories, you may apply for more than one without your chances being diminished. Ensure that you follow the specific requirements of each RFP and tailor each application appropriately to fit the individual category.

Can EMF funds be used for capital campaigns?

No. EMF funds can only be used for research.

Do proposals need to use the NIH salary caps?

Yes. NIH caps are the standard.

Is there a percentage limit other than full-time equivalent (FTE) for the PI?

No. However, reviewers will want to ensure that the PI has enough time to accomplish their project.

Must an application be 12-pt Arial font?

No. Times New Roman is also acceptable.

Are indirect costs allowable?

No. EMF grants do not allow for indirect costs.

Must all signatures be scanned on the same page for the “State of Conditions” signature page?

Yes. Do not submit multiple “Statement of Conditions” signature pages.

Do I need to upload a single PDF that comprises all of the application materials?

Yes. You must combine all files into one PDF including NIH bio-sketches, and letters of recommendation.

Can salary be included in an EMF/EMRA Grant?

No. The grant cannot include resident salary, even if the resident/PI is not technically faculty at the institution.

How do I handle letters of support if I am a resident?

When your situation is not clear cut, you may want to obtain more than one letter of support as grant reviewers place a significant emphasis on the letters. An example might be an application from a resident doing a fellowship in Critical Care that is based out of the Department of Medicine not Emergency Medicine. The question becomes whether a letter should come from the Fellowship Director and Medicine Chair, the EM chair at the institution or the EM residency director from the institution where the resident graduated. When in doubt, have the person providing you the resources and time for the research write the letter. 

What are the accreditation requirements for an EMF/SEMPA Grant?

The RFP requires applicants to be a part of a Joint Commission-accredited institution; however, there is some flexibility within the criteria. An acceptable example might be an application received from a Physician/PA Team working within a rural hospital group that belongs to a larger, regional health system that is Joint Commission accredited.  The research can occur in the smaller affiliate hospital as opposed to the larger tertiary facility and the PA investigator may be an employee of the smaller affiliate hospital owned by the larger Joint Commission accredited institution. 

Can I apply for a Research Fellowship Grant if I’ve already started my project?

No. You cannot apply for a fellowship grant if your research project has already started with other funds. This grant is for new research only.

Are subcontractors allowed on a Health Policy Fellow Grant?

Yes. Subcontracts can be allowable if they support the research (e.g. data collection and analysis and/or content expertise).

Additional Questions?

Cynthia Singh, Deputy Executive Director