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Research Committee

Chair:  Sarah Schroder

Contact: research@vadcoordinator.org 

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Mission/Vision

The International Consortium of Circulatory Assist Clinicians (ICCAC) has developed a research grant opportunity to support clinical research in the field of mechanical circulatory support (MCS).


2019 Goals
  • Develop a process for evaluating and awarding proposals from ICCAC members

2019 Research Grant Information

Thank you for your interest in the ICCAC Research Grant. The Research Committee has updated the application process and is now accepting applications for two grand awards valued up to $1500 each.

Keep in mind:

  • Principal Investigator must be an ICCAC Member
  • The Research Protocol will need to be submitted with the Application to assist in grant proposal grading either by emailing all required documents to research@vadcoordinator.org or uploading on the website a time you fill out the application
  • Research can include US and Non-US based centers but will be awarded in US dollars by a blind review of ICCAC Research Committee Members
  • Topics can include any innovative MCS (temporary or permanent support) focused research, ECMO, patient and caregiver quality of life, adverse events or any other patient-centered situations or improvements
  • Budgets must be submitted along with the submission of the research grant application

Outcomes of reviews will be shared on October 11th, 2019, with final summary of scores and feedback from reviewers made available after award winners’ acceptances. 

We look forward to reading your research grant proposals!


2019 Research Grant Instructions

Instructions for Submitters: Thank you for your interest in submitting your research proposal for consideration of ICCAC’s Research Grant Awards. We are happy to announce that we anticipate awarding two grant awards valued up to $1500 each based upon scores graded from the blind review of Research Committee members. ICCAC Research Committee created the Research Grant Scoring System to establish a way to appropriately and fairly score submitted research grants in order to award available funding. Each proposal will be graded on the following topics with a highest possible score of 7 as all 7 category scores will be averaged together for a single-digit score with two decimals (ie. Total score of 41.5/7 categories=5.97):

Significance: Does the research study address a significant problem?

Approach: Did the Author(s) develop a consistent conceptual framework(s), design, method and analyses to meet the aims of the research project? Are these topics well integrated to address the significant problem?

Innovation: Does the research study include innovative concepts, approaches or methods to accomplish the aim(s) of the study? Are the aims of the study original?

Investigator(s): Are the Principal Investigator and other researchers listed on the study qualified to carry out this work?

Environment: Have the researchers chosen an appropriate environment to conduct the study in? Is the time frame realistic for the chosen environment?

Budget: Is there sufficient justification demonstrated in the requested budget to maintain adequate timing for the project completion? Consider if all budget requested items are necessary.

Human/Animal Concerns: Any concerns regarding the research study’s participants? Does the way recruitment is discussed make sense to meet the aims of the project?


Research Grant Application Checklist (Everything must be submitted in its entirety to: research@vadcoordinator.org)

  • Research Grant Application
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the Primary Investigator (PI)
  • Study protocol of proposed research
  • Detailed budget proposal of where grant dollars would be allocated

We look forward to reviewing your grant applications. Grant submission dates are August 1, 2019-September 15, 2019. Please make sure to submit the four requested documents as above or the application will be considered incomplete. No applications will be accepted after September 15, 2019, at 11:59pm CST. Applications will be reviewed by Research Committee members in September and awards will be announced in October 2019.


Please note: It has been collectively decided by the Research Committee members that all grant awardees will need to prepare a 5-10 minute presentation of where the research study is at for the Annual ICCAC meeting in 2020. If for whatever reason, the PI for the grant award(s) are not able to attend, there will be two options of designating another research member to present the information or compile a video submission for us to play at the meeting.

Committee Chairs
Sarah Schroeder
Thomas Schloeglhofer

If you have any questions, please contact research@vadcoordinator.org.