THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery

The THRIVE Grant offers $50,000 in funding to SCCM members conducting research aimed at improving patient and family support after critical illness.

Investigator-initiated research should help advance and improve our understanding of survivorship from critical illness, as well as support and improve the experience of survivors and their families. Research may include:

  • Clinical interventions to improve patient experience or outcomes.
  • Identification of modifiable mechanisms or testing of innovations that promote recovery.
  • Explorations of cultural and educational factors among survivors to facilitate networks and improve support.

Priority will be given to projects that have broad relevance and involve community engagement. Single-center projects, for example, should specifically address the potential to generalize their findings to other settings. Proposals should demonstrate how patient or family engagement will be incorporated into the work.

The THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery Grant submission deadline has passed. Please check back in spring 2017 for information on submitting a proposal for the 2018 THRIVE Research Grant to Accelerate Recovery Grant.


The principal investigator must be a current SCCM member and maintain SCCM membership through the life of the grant. Applications are encouraged from both junior and established investigators. Applications from junior investigators (defined as no prior independent NIH funding, RO1 or equivalent, and within 10 years of finishing their training) may request independent support or may include a research mentor who is also an SCCM member and can demonstrate strong research credentials in the areas of clinical and outcomes research. Previous recipients of the THRIVE Grant may not reapply for a period of five years from the date of the previous grant award.

To avoid any implication of conflict of interest, no member of the THRIVE Grant Review Committee may submit a grant application. Those committee members who are named as an applicant’s mentor, have written a letter of support, or work in the same institution as the applicant must excuse themselves from the deliberations. [SCCM Council policy]

 Application Requirements

1. Online application completed by the applicant
2. Biographical sketch
3. Letters of support: one from mentor, one from department/division head
4. Description of the grant proposal
5. Bibliography
6. Institutional approvals
7. Letters of recommendation (if applicable)
8. Detailed budget

 Selection and Scoring

Applications will be reviewed and scored by a subcommittee made up of members of the SCCM THRIVE Task Force and Scientific Review Committee. Each application will be assigned to a group of three reviewers. Proposals will be scored on scientific merit and the potential to positively impact patient and family experience after critical illness. No special consideration will be given on the basis of faculty rank or research experience, but demonstration of an appropriate research environment and strong mentorship is essential for the less-experienced applicant. Applications that do not follow the administrative rules will be triaged by the Chair and returned to the applicant without committee review.

THRIVE Grant Scoring

1. Significance​ ​Project serves the general mission of SCCM and the critical care community, and the specific mission of the THRIVE initiative.
Broad relevance and will advance and improve understanding of survivorship from critical illness, and will ultimately improve patient or family experience or outcomes after critical illness.
2. Investigator(s)​ ​Investigator, mentor, or team is experienced enough to be successful.

Necessary talents are available to complete the work as proposed.
3. Innovation​ ​Original and unique research using innovative techniques or approaches.
​4. Approach ​Hypotheses clearly stated.

Feasibly can be completed within the time frame proposed.

Description clearly written and well organized.

Community engagement included.
​5. Environment ​Evidence of departmental/institutional support.

Scientific environment in which work will be done contributes to the probability of success.

Available equipment and other physical resources are adequate for the project proposed.
After the review and scoring process is completed, the THRIVE Grant Subcommittee will discuss the applications and select a recipient. Grant recipients are expected to provide a summary of research progress and financial report at the conclusion of the funding, similar to that required by the NIH, as well as an update two years from award funding. Grant recipients will also be required to submit a poster abstract for blind review and potential presentation at the SCCM Annual Congress within two years of grant receipt.
SCCM will not permit companies to influence the award process and selection of recipients. SCCM will appoint independent committees to select recipients based on peer review of applicant proposals. [SCCM Council policy]

 Notification and Funding

Grant support will begin in January 2017. The maximum level of funding is $50,000 for one year. The grant is funded by SCCM. Research funds may be used by the investigator for salary support (either the principal investigator or research support staff), database development, consultant costs, or other resources required to complete the project. Any indirect costs included in the budget must be capped at 10% of the total grant amount. The applicant’s institution must contractually agree to this requirement for the grant to be awarded.
Grant recipients will be notified by late October 2016, with the official announcement made at SCCM's Convocation and Award Ceremony during the Critical Care Congress, to be held in January 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

 Special Circumstances

No Cost Extension Request
Recipients who determine that a no-cost extension is needed while in the midst of the research should contact SCCM. A maximum one-year extension beyond the anticipated completion of the research shall be granted. If, after the extension expires, the research project is still not completed, any further extension shall be decided by the SCCM Executive Committee with the recommendation of the Chair of the THRIVE Grant Subcommittee. [SCCM Council policy]
Budget Modification
If it is determined that a reallocation of funds may be needed while in the midst of the research, SCCM should be contacted with this request.
Return of Unused Funds
Funds will be disseminated by January 2016 and are expected to be used within 1 calendar year. If it is determined at the end of the grant year that the funds will not be spent as outlined in the budget, the balance of unused funds should be returned to SCCM.