2013 - 2014 GENERAL INFORMATION for the Public

Deadline for Receipt of Application: December 13, 2013
Notification of Award: Winners Notified After February 1st 
Award Presentation: March 2014 at CORD Academic Assembly 
Funding: Variable - Set Annually by the CORD Board of Directors

Only those who have been a CORD member for at least one year may apply. See below for further details. If you meet this initial qualification, you my Click Here and sign in with your UserID and Password to go to the next page which contains:

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  • Detailed instructions with links to submission forms you must have ready to go.
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The Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors awards stipends to support the advancement of educational research, specifically as it relates to emergency medicine education.


An active member of CORD must be the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator in order for a grant application to be considered. That member must have been a member of CORD for a minimum of one year prior to the submission of a grant application. The maximum number of awards funded will be determined annually by the CORD Board. Although an institution may receive multiple awards, only one application per clinical investigator will be awarded.


Emergency medicine educational research is broadly defined as scientific investigation designed to furnish new knowledge relating to emergency medicine education. Such investigations should focus on research that demonstrates potential widespread applicability for education of faculty, residents and medical students in training programs who are members of CORD.


The applicant is required to demonstrate that the project will be successfully completed at his or her institution. The applicant must demonstrate that access to a suitable environment for educational research exists, including availability of emergency medicine residents, students or other appropriate trainees. Access to appropriate simulation equipment and other resources as required for the research project should also be demonstrated, Research involving animals or human subjects must be approved by the institutional review board (IRB), or its equivalent. IRB approval must be documented prior to dispensation of CORD funds.


Each proposal will be evaluated by a committee composed of individuals from CORD according to the following criteria:

1. Relevance to the goals of the CORD Educational Research Grant program.
2. Educational and research experience of the applicant (and co-investigator if applicable).
3. The quality and scientific value of the project.
4. The research project background.
5. Institutional support personnel, facilities, and commitment to research.

The final funding decision will be made by the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, and all decisions are final.


Duration and Amount

The grant amount is determined annually by the CORD Board of Directors. The grant is awarded to a CORD member’s institution and may not be used for indirect expenses such as faculty salary support, institutional overhead, or capital expenditures. The CORD member’s own institution may supplement the CORD Educational Research Grant within the guidelines set by that institution. Audited reports detailing how the funds were used may be required. Applicants can reapply each academic year for a second term of support on a competitive basis.

Limitations of Grant

CORD is not fiscally responsible for funds necessary to complete the research project(s), nor will CORD be responsible for institutional overhead. If the principal investigator changes institutional affiliations before completion of the grant’s term, the award will be terminated and the remaining balance returned to CORD. If a suitable new principal investigator can be found, the award may be continued.

Patent Policy

The recipient and preceptor's institution acknowledge that if a patentable invention or discovery is conceived, or conceived and reduced to practice by the CORD Educational Research Grant recipient during the term of the award, CORD must be apprised of the invention and the institution's plans for protecting such invention or discovery under an existing institutional patent policy.

Liability of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors

CORD assumes no financial liability if patient care responsibilities of any kind are undertaken by the designated CORD Educational Research Grant recipient. The preceptor and the recipient's institution acknowledge that CORD are not legally liable for the conduct of the designated recipient, preceptor(s), or associate investigator(s).

Human Subjects

If the proposed project involves the use of human subjects, appropriate Institutional Review Board approval must be obtained. Include IRB approval in the Appendix.

Animal Research

If the proposed project involves the use of animals, the applicant must demonstrate that adequate and appropriately equipped laboratory space will be available during the funding period to facilitate completion of the proposed project. The applicant and institution must certify that research involving animals will conform to the "Guiding Principles in the Care and Use of Animals" approved by the Council of the American Physiological Society.


The principal investigator is required to submit a six-month progress report (due Jan 1) and a final progress report within thirty days of the conclusion of the award year (June 30). Additional reports may be required. Failure to provide such reports will delay transmission of funds. Furthermore, failure to provide interim and final reports to CORD may negatively impact your institution’s ability to apply for future CORD awards. CORD will maintain the copyright of all such reports. Progress reports must include an accounting report using Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures showing the distribution of funds with a signature from an institutional official (e.g., accountant, grants manager, administrator from the Office of Sponsored Research). CORD reserves the right to withhold release of interim funds if >25% of the previous cycle remains unspent. T allows up to 25% of funds to be carried over from one cycle to the next.


The principal investigator and the institution will be surveyed periodically following completion of the award regarding career paths, subsequent grants/contracts obtained, and publications. The principal investigator and the institution will be expected to respond to these surveys as CORD will rely on such information to support continuation of the award program.


The Academic Assembly will host a Photo Session and recognition reception each year at the Council of Residency Directors Academic Assembly. Grant recipients are required to be present for photography. Funds cannot be requested to cover the travel costs to attend the Photo Session, although the Academic Assembly registration fee is waived.


Awardees are required to present their work at the CORD Academic Assembly immediately following the completion of the award year (June 30). Funds cannot be requested to cover the travel cost to attend the Academic Assembly, although registration fee is waived for the presenter.   


Publications resulting from the research project should acknowledge the support of CORD (i.e., "This study has been supported in part by a grant from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors "). Two reprints of each publication should be forwarded to CORD.


Academic credit for research conducted under the CORD Educational Research Grant program will be granted according to the guidelines set forth by the recipient's institution.



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