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 Clinical Research Seed Grants

Application Deadline: March 11, 2016

In recognition of the importance of clinical investigation in vascular disease, the SVS Foundation announces the Clinical Research Seed Grant program.

It is vitally important to patients and to the specialty, that vascular surgeons play prominent roles in both industry and investigator-initiated clinical trials. The Clinical Research Seed Grant program has the following goals:

  • Encourage the interest and development of clinical investigators among the SVS membership, particularly junior members or those with limited prior experience as Principal Investigators
  • Provide direct support for pilot clinical projects that have potential to develop into larger studies fundable by industry or governmental sources
Clinical research, preferably patient-oriented (research conducted with human subjects or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects).

Applications addressing one of the SVS Clinical Research Priorities are particularly encouraged. Small-scale clinical trials and ancillary studies in the setting of existing clinical trials (industry or NIH-supported) will be accepted. Relevant examples include:

  • Ancillary studies coupled to existing clinical trials. A letter of support from the primary trial sponsor is required.
  • Pilot clinical trials of any type
  • Studies on the natural history of vascular disease, pathophysiology, or mechanisms underlying success or failure of vascular interventions
  • Application of quality-of-life, functional status, and resource utilization measures to assess the impact of vascular interventions
  • Development and validation of clinical risk-prediction models or diagnostic tools
  • Studies addressing the nature of disparities in care and outcomes
$15,000 will be awarded for direct costs for a one-year period.  Costs for laboratory assays, imaging studies (as appropriate), data collection, and statistical support are allowable. Principal investigator salary, institutional overhead expenses, major equipment and travel expenses are not allowed. 
The Principal Investigator for the Clinical Research Seed Grant must be 1) an SVS Active Member within the first 10 years of practice or 2) a fellowship- or integrated residency-trained, board-eligible, vascular surgeon within the first 10 years of practice with a full-time faculty position with an SVS Active Member serving as mentor.

The Principal Investigator may submit only one application for the Clinical Research Seed Grant. Residents and fellows are not eligible.

Application Process 
The application deadline is March 11. Decisions regarding the award are sent to applicants by May 1.

Applications will be reviewed by the SVS Clinical Research and Comparative Effectiveness Committee.

An Application Form must be completed and the following materials in PDF format must be uploaded via the online application submission site. Applications may be rejected if formatting requirements are not followed or application is incomplete.

1. Application Form Includes:
  • Principal Investigator (PI) name and contact information
  • PI’s SVS membership status (SVS Active Member or SVS Candidate Member)
  • Project title
  • Project IRB Status (Approved or In Process)
  • SVS Active Member Sponsor name and contact information (required only if PI is a SVS Candidate Member)
  • Institution Representative name and contact information (where research is taking place and where award funds will be sent) 
2. Research Plan and Specific Aims of Project
  • Not to exceed 8 pages total
  • 1 page - Specific aims
  • 6 pages - Significance, innovation and research strategy (includes tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, charts)
  • 1 page – Budget
3. NIH Biosketch of Principal Investigator and any Co-Investigators

4. If PI is a SVS Candidate Member, the application should include letter of support from the SVS Active Member serving as mentor

5. If the project includes co-investigators, significant collaborator or consultant, the application should include letter(s) of support from these individuals.

Reporting Requirements
At the completion of the study, or by the end of the one-year award period, the awardee must submit a report to the SVS Clinical Research and Comparative Effectiveness Committee.

For information, email; telephone: 800-258-7188; fax: 312-334-2320.




Clinical Research Seed Grant Recipients


Recommendations from Previous Grant Recipients

The SVS sponsored seed grant is a wonderful opportunity to get started. Young surgeons looking to start an academic career should take advantage of this resource, as it can supplement existing projects or provide preliminary data for larger scale studies.
Rabih Chaer, MD
University of Pittsburgh
2008 SVS Clinical Seed Grant Recipient


Becoming an expert requires deliberate practice and feedback. Feedback is informed by assessment. Assessment is therefore the cornerstone of education and training, driving both teaching and learning. The SVS seed grant has afforded me the opportunity to develop work place based assessments for index open vascular surgery procedures. The primary aim of my research is to develop valid, reliable and practical procedure-based assessments as an aid for resident learning. I am grateful that the SVS Clinical Research Committee recognized the value of this study and the importance of surgical education as a valid course of academic inquiry.
Erica Mitchell, MD,
Oregon Health and Science University



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