2016 IAC Research Award Application Announcement

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Research Committee seeks to support innovative and meritorious research relevant to accreditation and quality improvement through its annual IAC Research Award Program. The IAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Improving Health Care Through Accreditation© and represents more than 40 professional societies in developing standards for eight entities in medicine. The purpose of the research award is to gain insights into the accreditation process and its value to medicine and society.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals that advance the IAC Research Committee’s mission of Strengthening Accreditation Through Research. For 2016, the IAC Research Committee will be awarding grants up to a maximum of $75,000 (including institutional overhead). Awards are for one year, although continuation awards are possible. This application process initially involves a Letter of Intent, and if accepted, a subsequent full proposal.

  1. Research Topics for Consideration

    All proposals must be directly related to the primary objective of understanding the value of accreditation and should be related to at least one of the IAC accreditation programs/divisions (vascular imaging, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, magnetic resonance, computed tomography, carotid stenting, vein center, cardiac electrophysiology). The IAC Research Committee is interested in proposals that will assess or improve accreditation. The proposal must not have been previously funded. Previously funded IAC research proposals may be found at www.intersocietal.org/iac/research_winners.htm. Potential topics of proposals:

    a.   Assessment of whether accreditation impacts patient care, quality metrics, or       other laboratory outcomes
    b.   Characterization of differences between accredited and non-accredited       laboratories
    c.   Assessment of the value of the accreditation process
    d.   Determination of the value or development of quality improvement projects
    e.   Assessment of effects of accreditation in cardiac electrophysiology

  2. Application Procedure

    There is a two-stage application process, letter of intent followed by detailed proposal.

a.   2016 Submission Deadlines for Research Awards

    Call for Proposals: December 1, 2015
    Letter of Intent submission due date: March 1, 2016
    Notification of Letter of Intent decision: April 2, 2016  
    Proposal submission: June 2, 2016
    Notification of awards: September 2016         

b.   Proposal Guidelines

  • If needed, investigators with approved proposals will have access to the existing IAC database as part of their award. However, only IAC data collected as part of the accreditation process will be available. The research awardee cannot contact individual IAC laboratories, nor will individual facility names be supplied.
  • Submitted research proposals will be compared with ongoing IAC research projects to avoid duplication. The proposals will also be evaluated with regards to relevance to the IAC Research Committee mission.

c.   Letter of Intent

  • An initial Letter of Intent (maximum of two pages, single-spaced, at least 12-point font with one-inch margins) submitted as an Adobe PDF document must be received by research@intersocietal.org by midnight ET on March 1, 2016.
  • Letter of Intent Content Guidelines:

    • Project title
    • Principal investigator and co-investigator(s)
    • Principal investigator contact information including postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax number
    • Study objective
    • Hypothesis
    • Study design
    • Statistical analysis plan
    • Estimated project budget
    • Statement addressing how project advances IAC Research Committee's mission Strengthening Accreditation through Research. Specifically, proposals must be directly related to the accreditation process or demonstrate the effects of accreditation on the quality of patient care.
  • Submitted Letters of Intent will be reviewed by the IAC Research Committee and the primary investigator will be notified of the decision.

    • All primary investigators will be e-mailed notification of the IAC Research Committee’s decision by April 2, 2016.
    • Research projects deemed to be meritorious and in support of the IAC Research Program mission will be invited to submit a more detailed proposal for funding consideration.

For questions or a variables list, please contact Mary Beth Farrell, MS, IAC Director of Research, at 800-838-2110 or e-mail research@intersocietal.org.