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Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network

Help expand critical care research and improve patient outcomes.

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Discovery fosters collaborative research to improve outcomes for critically ill and injured patients and seeks to incorporate findings into practice using SCCM's broad base of programs.
Data Science Campaign

Data Science Campaign

Leverage the opportunities afforded by the rapidly evolving field of data science to share resources, advance research, and improve clinical outcomes for critically ill and injured patients.

Research Collaboratives

Research Collaboratives

Find a list of the current Endorsed Projects, Discovery Programs, and published works.

Join the Discovery Community

Join the Discovery Community

Get started by joining the SCCM Connect group on SCCM Connect. Network with like-minded research peers and stay up to date with Discovery news and leaders.

Data and Clinical Coordination

Data and Clinical Coordination

Explore services and resources to assist in research including data storage, management and analysis, Central IRB services, and project management.

Severe Acute Respiratory Infection – Preparedness

SARI-PREP is a multicenter consortium funded by the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is being assembled with the goal of providing the infrastructure to rapidly collect prospective data on clinical risks and outcomes, hospital-level stress, and biologic specimens that will aid in the rapid development of diagnostic and treatment approaches.

Discovery Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study COVID-19 Registry

The Discovery Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS) COVID-19 is a registry of current hospital care patterns that allows evaluation of safety and observational effectiveness of COVID-19 practices and determination of variations in practice across hospitals.

Submit A Proposal

Submit A Proposal

Learn more about Clinical Investigator Proposals and Discovery Clinical Investigators Meetings. 


Grant Support

Grant Support

Research grants offer opportunities for established and junior researchers. Learn more about funding opportunities, including the SCCM-Weil Research Grant and the Discovery Research Grant.

Additional Resources

The Promise of Bayesian Critical Care Trials: Hype or Hope?

Bayesian critical care trials are becoming increasingly popular because of their adaptive and flexible qualities. Michael O. Harhay, MPH, MS, PhD, cochair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Discovery Research Methodology Workgroup, reviews the latest information on Bayesian trials and how best to implement this trial method during this webcast.

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Propensity Scores for Causal Inference in Critical Care

The bias created by confounders significantly affects interpretation of outcome in observational studies. This webcast from Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network:

  • Analyzes the potential impact of confounders on the interpretation of outcomes in observational studies
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of covariate adjustment using multivariable regression models in controlling for confounders in observational studies
  • Creates a plan to apply propensity score methods to match individuals in the control group to the exposure group based on equal propensity scores
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Latest from the Critical Connections Blog

Big Data Leads to the Discovery Data Science Campaign
The Discovery Data Science Campaign was launched in 2022 to improve the care of critically ill patients by leveraging the use of large-scale data (big data) for research. The campaign’s goal is to apply findings from data analysis in a clinical environment through standardized data models and shared resources, starting with the 2023 Datathon.
Posted: 7/20/2023 | 0 comments | Discovery, Discovery Research Network, Evidence Based Medicine, Outcomes Research

NIH Funds SCCM Discovery Study on the Use of Sepsis Bundles in the Emergency Department
In funding a five-year prospective multicenter study to determine the safest and most effective approach to sepsis intervention, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is recognizing the significant accomplishments of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to improve outcomes in patients with sepsis.
Posted: 12/9/2022 | 0 comments | AIMS Study, Discovery, Sepsis

Improving Post-ICU Stay Outcomes: How SCCM’s Discovery Grant Helped Establish an NIH-Funded Study
Paul E. Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, FASPEN, FCCM, has a highly personal understanding of the challenges of recovering from an intensive care unit (ICU) stay. Diagnosed at age 15 with ulcerative colitis, his colon was removed when it perforated and caused septic peritonitis. Throughout his life, he has had 27 major surgeries and multiple ICU stays for bowel resections after bowel obstructions or to address complications from recurrent intestinal obstructions. These experiences have motivated his research to test a personalized, remotely monitored, coached exercise program to help patients recover after ICU discharge.
Posted: 12/2/2022 | 0 comments | Discovery, PICS, Quality

Discovery and SARI-PREP Have Roles in Preparing for Next Pathogen Outbreak
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed major gaps in the U.S. healthcare system, prompting the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) to form the National Special Pathogen System of Care (NSPS) to prepare the country for the next large-scale outbreak. Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, and its Severe Acute Respiratory Infection – Preparedness (SARI-PREP) program are helping lead the way in this new vision. SARI-PREP is a key player in the effort to establish a coordinated and standardized healthcare network that provides high-quality care to parents with a special pathogen, while also protecting healthcare workers.
Posted: 10/14/2022 | 0 comments | COVID-19, Discovery Research Network, SARI-PREP

Five Years of Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network
Several years before the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted healthcare worldwide, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) launched a task force to identify gaps in critical care research and determine how SCCM could address them. Within two years, this effort led to the establishment of Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network, and the timing could not have been more fortuitous.
Posted: 4/7/2022 | 0 comments | Discovery Research Network

Discovery Collaborations

ACR-SCCM VIRUS Collaborative

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Center for Research and Innovation (CRI) has partnered with SCCM, serving as the overall imaging repository for the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry. The ACR CRI is collecting all diagnostic images for the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry, creating a link between the images and clinical data collected by SCCM and archiving the images to make them accessible to participating sites and interested researchers. For more information please contact:

STOP-VIRUS ICU Learning Collaborative

The STOP-VIRUS Collaborative is a limited-time network of intensive care units focused on improving outcomes for patients with COVID-19. This learning collaborative focuses on interventions aimed at reducing marked variations in the outcomes of critically ill patients unexplained by demographics, comorbidities, and severity of illness.