Archive for the ‘Grants and Awards’ Category

NTI Seeks Trauma Studies for $2.8 Million in Funding

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

In its second national request for proposals, the National Trauma Institute seeks to fund rigorous clinical studies, especially those that address hemorrhage, intensive care, trauma systems or pre-hospital care.

Half of the available $2.8 million in funding is designated specifically for studies related to non-compressible hemorrhage. Bleeding from extremity wounds stops with applied pressure, and tourniquets and advanced bandages have significantly reduced combat deaths, but 15 percent of battle injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters are to the torso, where applying pressure is not an option. We must develop simple, field-expedient techniques for non-surgeons to use in emergency situations.

Other priorities include effective resuscitation strategies, new treatments for shock, better understanding of the coagulapathy of trauma, the elimination of hospital acquired infections, airway and ventilation management strategies for the injured, and topics related to battlefield and pre-hospital care and communication.

Pre-proposals must be submitted by July 23, 2010 and may outline clinical or translational research involving either single or multiple centers. For complete submission guidelines, visit the NTI website.

NTI Awards $1.4 Million in Trauma Research Grants

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

In its first disbursement of grant funds, NTI awarded funding–ranging from $125,000 to $225,000–to seven trauma studies to be conducted over the next year at institutions across the country.

From a strong pool of 85 proposals garnered during its first RFP process, NTI’s Science Committee conducted a rigorous peer review to arrive at the seven most scientifically promising and clinically relevant studies to receive funding. To learn more about the principal investigators and their study topics, read our press release.

NTI expects to award grants annually and is preparing the next Request for Proposals, to be made public later this month. Sign-up to receive an announcement when the RFP is released!

Eye Trauma is Focus of DOD Grant to USC, But Funding Process Needs an Overhaul

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) received $800,000 in funding from the Department of Defense to conduct research that will lead to restored sight for combat troops who have had eye injuries. The result of a funding request submitted by California Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the grant will support the Eye Trauma and Visual Restoration (EyeTVR) program at the school.

With traumatic eye injuries skyrocketing due to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the DOD is particularly interested in advances that promise to save sight. Another goal of the EyeTVR program is to save and restore sight to veterans and their family members who suffer from other eye injuries, eye infections or inherited and age-related eye disease. Applications are expected to be available to the civilian population as well. Read the USC press release on the grant.

While this is great news, it underscores the need for a stable and long-term source of funding for trauma research. Like NTI, the EyeTVR program had to appeal to an individual member of Congress in order to secure limited funding for a very important initiative. In fact, NTI’s executive director Sharon Smith just returned from a trip to Washington for the same purpose. She met with staff members in seven different Texas representatives’ offices to state NTI’s case and ask for support in requesting appropriations.

Individual, piecemeal efforts to fund isolated research projects represent a drop in the bucket in terms of the attention needed to make strides in trauma practice. NTI has been lobbying for a steady source of funding even as we work to secure annual funding on a year-to-year basis. We hope other trauma-related research organizations will join us in this quest.

Airlift Funding Limb Injury Research

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Airlift Research Foundation, a non-profit based in Pittsburgh, PA, has just awarded grants totaling $400,000 to two researchers working on technology that will help injured soldiers.

Dr. Christopher Born of Rhode Island Hospital and Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston will get $200,000 each. Born is studying how to eliminate infections in injured extremities and Yang is researching synthetic bone grafts.

The Airlift Research Foundation funds orthopedic research and increases public awareness about traumatic war injuries.

Texas A&M Institute Wins Grant to Work on Emergency Treatments for Severe Blood Loss

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Yesterday, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded a $9.9 million grant to the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) to develop frontline treatments for U.S. military personnel injured in combat and suffering from massive blood loss.

We’re excited to see such a substantial funding commitment to one of NTI’s priority research areas: hemorrhage.

The TIPS research focuses on extending “the golden hour,” the period of time during which it is critical to stop blood loss in order to save the life of the injured soldier. By administering a medication that can reduce the body’s need for blood and oxygen, researchers believe that the window of time can be extended enough to allow the severely injured to survive until evacuation to surgical care is possible.

TIPS is also opening a new facility today that vastly increases its capacity to conduct research on this and other important medical advances. Dr. Matthew W. Miller, the principal investigator for the TIPS research, said he expects there will be innovative civilian applications that result from the project as well. The team hopes to quickly move from animal to human trials.

Read the university’s press release on the grant and the research.

HHS Awards $17 Million for Hospital Acquired Infection

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Pledging $17 million to study the eradication of dangerous infections that people pick up while in health care settings, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has highlighted one of NTI’s research priority areas.

One of the most common complications of hospital care, hospital acquired infections (or health care-associated infections, HAIs) affect nearly 2 million patients and contribute to 99,000 deaths a year in the United States. For someone to survive a traumatic injury only to be felled by an infection he or she picked up while being treated is the greatest irony. We at NTI are extremely pleased to see HHS focusing on this critical need.

Eight million dollars of the award will fund an expansion of the Keystone Project to all 50 states, which shows great promise in reducing the rate of central-line blood stream infections. The remaining $9 million will go to several other high-priority projects focusing on:
-Reducing Clostridium difficile infections
-Reducing overuse of antibiotics
-Eliminating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
-Implementing teamwork principles for first responders
-Much more

To see more details and a complete list of the institutions and projects funded by the HHS grant, go to:

National Trauma Institute Announces $600,000 In Research Grants

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

The National Trauma Institute announced a milestone last week: The organization has garnered enough funding to offer $600,000 in grant money to researchers exploring a number of areas related to trauma. The full version of the press release is viewable on the Reuters website here.

The announcement is significant, of course, because NTI’s primary mission is to fund trauma research that changes practice and saves lives, and its first Request for Proposals signals that NTI is beginning to fulfill its mission. It’s also significant in that the funds come from Congressional appropriations, in large part due to the work of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rep. Lamar Smith. NTI finds it encouraging that federal funding is beginning to be directed to the important work of trauma research. Through this process, NTI will see proposals from a number of prominent researchers.

For those interested in applying for the funds, pre-proposals are due Friday, October 30.

NTI Sponsors ACS COT Paper Competition

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Along with the College of Surgeons, the Eastern and Western States COT, Region 7 COTs, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, the National Trauma Institute is funding the 2010 Resident Trauma Papers Competition. The competition will be held during the Committee on Trauma’s annual meeting March 10-12 in Las Vegas.

As just one of many ways that NTI supports trauma research, the competition rewards the best original research in the area of trauma care or prevention. Regional competition winners will present their papers during the Scientific Session of the annual meeting, during which national winners will be announced. Those papers winning national recognition are eligible for publication in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

For more information on the competition including submission deadlines, general surgery residents, surgical specialty residents and trauma fellows should visit the ACS website at:

NTI Attends Military Meeting

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

NTI Executive Director Sharon Smith and Research Director Vivienne Marshall attended the 2009 ATACCC (Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care) conference, held August 10-12 in St. Petersburg, FL. This is an annual meeting where military doctors present the latest statistics and research results related to military casualties in an effort to help the Department of Defense (DOD) establish priorities and areas of operational need.

ATACCC presented a great opportunity for NTI to meet with DOD staff to discuss funding and to connect with trauma researchers. Sharon and Vivienne shared information with researchers about NTI’s upcoming funding announcements.

They urged interested investigators to sign up on NTI’s website to receive announcements of the RFPs as they become available beginning this fall.

Sharon and Vivienne also met with key staff from TATRC, the DOD agency that manages NTI’s Congressional awards and contracts to discuss incoming Congressional appropriations.

The next meeting on everyone’s schedule is NTI’s own Annual Trauma Symposium, coming up August 31 and September 1. Register now!

Rep. Lamar Smith Announces $2.5M to Be Appropriated to National Trauma Institute

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

On Monday, Rep. Lamar Smith’s office, sharing the exciting news we highlighted recently via the San Antonio Express-News, issued a press release announcing that his request to add $2.5 million for the National Trauma Institute in the 2010 Defense Appropriations passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The press release details that the allocation will fund research on techniques to manage non-compressible hemorrhage following combat injury.

The National Trauma Institute has selected non-compressible hemorrhage as one of its research priorities, because studies show that non-compressible hemorrhage from injuries to the torso is the leading cause of potentially survivable deaths of American troops. 

We’re grateful to Congressman Smith for his support of trauma research and trauma education, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to fund research in this important area.