AARC Vision Grant

The primary purpose of the AARC Vision Grant is to provide funding to members conducting research initiatives that can document the clinical and economic impact of respiratory therapists specifically related to the organization’s mission to secure the highest quality care for all patients who suffer from cardiopulmonary disease.

Applications are encouraged to focus on clinical trials and outcomes research to determine how clinical interventions by respiratory therapists affect overall health of patients. Priority will be given to projects (listed below) that have broad relevance. Single-center projects, for example, should specifically address the potential to generalize their findings to other respiratory care settings. For more information, please contact Shawna Strickland.

A call for proposals will be released by April 30 of each year. Proposals are due Aug. 1.

Submit a Proposal

Priority Projects

The AARC Board of Directors may identify key areas of interest and issue an individual request for proposal (RFP) (please see RFP section of this page) that outline priorities, deadlines, and funding information. If not specifically outlined in the RFP, the panel will give priority to research proposals in the following care settings:

  • Home health
  • Outpatient clinics and physician offices
  • Acute care
  • Critical care
  • Long term care
  • Managed care
  • Integrated delivery systems
  • Telehealth
  • Other settings outside inpatient areas within acute care hospitals

Eligibility

The principal investigator must be a current AARC member with a baccalaureate degree or higher and maintain AARC membership throughout funding. Applications are encouraged from junior and established investigators. Applications may request independent support or may include research mentors who are AARC members and can demonstrate research credentials in the areas of clinical and outcomes research. Previous recipients of AARC may not reapply for a period of five years from the date of the previous grant award.

Application Requirements

Research Agenda

The AARC has developed a restricted fund in support of these research priorities developed by the AARC Respiratory Care Research Council and approved by the AARC Board of Directors:

  • To support new investigators who are respiratory therapists (RT)
  • To determine the outcomes of care provided by respiratory therapists with expanded or advanced roles in various settings
  • To determine the outcomes of healthcare systems that choose to use RTs to deliver respiratory care services in alternative settings.

In pursuing this agenda, investigators should evaluate and compare the roles, effectiveness, and efficiency of respiratory therapy with other providers of respiratory care in various settings. Initiatives to explore both the clinical and economic impact of respiratory therapy in traditional and expanded roles in healthcare will be considered.

Research Fund Guidelines will include:
  • A proposed hypothesis that will measure the value of RTs in a health care setting.
  • An established methodology with scientific merit that is subject to Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.
  • Research team at minimum will include a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) with a baccalaureate degree or higher and is an AARC member in good standing.
  • Primary Investigator (PI) or Research Team identified have:
    • Experience in performing similar research studies
    • Identified assistance of appropriate support staff (e.g., statistician, information technology, etc.)
    • Involve more than one respiratory therapist, respiratory therapy leadership, and administration where feasible
  • Funding requests have:
    • Reasonable allocations of indirect staff costs (no more than 28%)
    • Limited percentage of expenses in capital (no more than 15%)
    • Limited allowance for travel (less than $2,000)
    • Defined project deliverables at each stage of funding

The AARC Research Committee will review submissions. The Research Committee Scoring checklist will be used by the review panel to score all grant applications and should be used to guide those submitting proposals to assure that all required information is provided.

Failure to meet the above criteria does not necessarily eliminate the proposal from consideration provided that the researcher adequately addresses the issue to the satisfaction of the AARC Research Committee and/or AARC Board of Directors.

Specific Request for Proposals

Young Investigators Award

The AARC Vision Grant committee is requesting proposals to meet project priorities and agenda from investigators who have two years or less of research experience. If the young investigator is asked to submit a full proposal, they will be given the AARC Leadership Institute Research Curriculum to assist with completing the full application process. If the full application is funded, a research mentor will be assigned to assist with meeting milestones.

  • Funding cap (direct and indirect costs): $50,000 over 2 years
    Grant funding, if approved, will be dispersed according to milestones met by the researcher based on a schedule determined by the AARC Research Committee.
Telehealth

The AARC Vision Grant committee is requesting proposals to meet the project priorities in the alternative care arena of telehealth. Telehealth is the broad use of electronic synchronous or asynchronous communication technology to provide virtual health care services and consultations (telemedicine) for patients or providers residing in separate locations. Services can include patient assessment and education, diagnostic evaluation, sleep testing, monitoring, disease management, disease prevention, health promotion, and rehabilitation as well as specific patient consultations.

  • Funding cap (direct and indirect costs): $100,000 over 2–5 years
  • Grant funding, if approved, will be dispersed according to milestones met by the researcher based on a schedule determined by the AARC Research Committee.
Respiratory Therapy Advance Practice

The AARC Vision Grant committee is requesting proposals to meet the project priorities and agenda from investigators who are seeking to prove the utility of RTs as physician extenders.

  • Funding cap (direct and indirect costs): $100,000 over 2–5 years
  • Grant funding, if approved, will be dispersed according to milestones met by the researcher based on a schedule determined by the AARC Research Committee.

Notification and Funding

  • If funding is awarded, the awardee will be notified by Dec. 1 of the application year.
  • Once approved, the funding will begin on Jan. 1 of the following year and will continue as long as milestones are met.
  • Progress reports will be due to the AARC Executive Office every June 30 and Dec. 31 until the award ends.
  • A final report will be due to the AARC Executive Office no later than 3 months after the award closeout.