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Discovery provides many opportunities for clinical investigators, including submission and presentation of new clinical proposals. Once reviewed and presented, these proposals can become Endorsed Projects or Discovery Programs.

Clinical Investigator Proposals

The Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings offer researchers unique opportunities to submit their ideas to Discovery and receive valuable peer feedback. Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by members of the Discovery Steering Committee. In addition to Overall Impact Score, investigators are provided with a score and comments in the following areas: Significance, Investigator, Innovation, Approach, and Environment. Investigators will have the opportunity to present their proposals at a Discovery Clinical Investigators Meeting. These presentations can be made virtually or in person. Time is allowed for questions and additional feedback.

Submit a Proposal

Preview the submission form. (Note: All proposals must be submitted via the link above. You cannot print and email this PDF.) If you have questions, please contact‚Äč

Criteria for Clinical Investigator Proposal Application

  • A minimum of two sites is required (multi-institutional study).
  • The research plan (questions 6-16) in the application should be concise and limited to no more than six pages. The research plan includes specific aims, background and significance, preliminary studies (where applicable), and research design and methods.
  • The research plan should describe any assistance requested from Discovery (e.g., generation of datasets, data analysis, study sites) 
  • It is expected that the results (positive or negative) of all approved Discovery studies, including those considered nonpublishable by the study’s investigators, will be presented to the Discovery Steering Committee within six months of study completion.
  • The Discovery Steering Committee should review all manuscripts resulting from the study before submission.
  • All study investigators must submit any conflicts of interest.
  • Intellectual property will be protected, and confidentiality statements will be required from all members of the Discovery Steering Committee reviewers.

Join the Discovery SCCM Connect Group

Proposals reviewed by the Discovery Steering Committee but not given a high ranking are not provided a letter of support.

Applicants are encouraged to continue to work closely with the Discovery Steering Committee and join the Discovery SCCM Connect group to continue to improve their proposals or execute their projects.

Join the Discovery SCCM Connect Group

Learn more about Endorsed Discovery Projects and Programs