Funds are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP) to support research that furthers knowledge in the area of neonatal resuscitation. These funds may be used to generate pilot data to allow the investigator to develop the basis for an application for independent research support through conventional granting mechanisms.
There are two types of grant awards available – an NRP Research Grant and a Young Investigator Award. The number of awards and grants to be awarded annually will be based on funds available for the current year, the number of grant applications received, and the amount of funding requested.
Area of Study Interest
The Neonatal Resuscitation Program was initiated in 1987. Since that time more than 80,000 health care personnel have been trained as NRP Instructors and almost 4 million health care professionals have been trained as providers. The NRP Steering Committee is interested in the effect of this program on neonatal morbidity and mortality as well as other interventions that may improve the outcome of neonatal resuscitation. Submitted studies may be basic science, clinical, epidemiological or educational research pertaining to the broad area of neonatal resuscitation.
The Committee is particularly interested in proposals that will investigate how NRP impacts neonatal outcomes, projects that examine the educational methodologies and simulation technologies that pertain to neonatal resuscitation, and those that explore the optimal methods of evaluating the cognitive, technical and behavioral skills necessary for successful resuscitation of the newborn.
In addition, the Committee remains very interested in clinical and basic research that advances the evidence base supporting resuscitation practices and treatment recommendations. Major areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Human factors impact on delivery room resuscitation
- Use of ventilation devices and approaches to initial ventilatory support immediately following birth
- Use of oxygen of varied concentrations and the impact on the effectiveness of resuscitation and outcome
- Optimal delivery of chest compressions in the newborn
- Optimization of NRP education
Submitted studies may be basic science, clinical, epidemiological or educational research pertaining to the broad area of neonatal resuscitation; submissions in the areas designated as research priorities are highly encouraged.
Please note the NRP Research Grant Program should not be considered as a source of funding for implementation and dissemination of the Helping Babies Breathe Program.
Potential applicants for either the NRP Research Grant or the NRP Young Investigator Award must submit an intent for application to the NRP Steering Committee by Friday, April 14, 2017.
The intents will be reviewed and the committee will ask a select group to submit full proposals. Those selected will receive a full application from the AAP Division of Life Support Programs on or before May 26, 2017.
Completed full applications must be received by the AAP Division of Life Support Programs on or before July 28, 2017. Applicants will be informed of the decision regarding their application by December 1, 2017. Funds will be distributed in 2018.
Applicants can apply for either a NRP Research Grant or NRP Young Investigator Award, not both.
Any health care professional from a US or Canadian medical institution is invited to apply for the NRP Research Grant. Submissions including investigators practicing in countries other than the U.S. or Canada must demonstrate a substantive role of the US or Canadian investigator(s) in the research process. Moreover, projects which are to be conducted outside of the US or Canada must have approval of a US or Canadian Institutional Review Board (IRB). All investigations should follow the intellectual property guidelines of standard academic journals (eg, New England Journal of Medicine).
The NRP Young Investigator Award is only available to residents, fellows-in-training or those professionals who are no more than four years out of their fellowship.
Please note that all funds will be awarded to the applicant's institution.
Requests can include costs for supplies, minor equipment, and salaries for support personnel. Funds are not to be used for faculty salaries (including the primary investigator's) or indirect costs. Time and efforts of physician trainees or technical support can be included in the budget; however, the requested expense for their time must be clearly justified. Travel reimbursement is limited to local travel for research purposes and travel to locations with pertinent resources for the proposed study. IRB fees up to $1,000 may be included in the budget.
NRP Research Grant applications should not exceed $50,000 (US Dollars).
NRP Young Investigator Award applications should not exceed $15,000 (US Dollars).
Funding is for one year; however, a non-funded extension up to one year may be requested. All recipients are asked to provide publication information and updates for two years following study completion.