Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is pleased to announce its newest endeavor: Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network. Through Discovery, SCCM will foster collaborative research to promote the advancement of science in the field to improve outcomes for critically ill and injured patients. Discovery will seek to exponentially increase research in the critical care field and use SCCM's existing broad base of programs to disseminate its findings into practice.

Joining SCCM for the launch of this endeavor is the United States Critical Illness and Injuries Trials (USCIIT) and the Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network (CCPTN), who will become part of the new Discovery program. Bringing together these highly successful existing networks will jump-start Discovery activities. Other existing research networks with a similar focus are also invited to join SCCM in this exciting endeavor.

The Society will support Discovery with a multimillion-dollar investment in professional staff, infrastructure and research grants. In addition, the Discovery Oversight Committee and Discovery Steering Committee have been established to provide guidance for an inclusive, diverse, integrated and multidisciplinary network for research that improves outcomes across the continuum of care for critically ill patients and their families. 

Please consider how Discovery can assist you in your research. Whether by connecting you with fellow investigators or accessing Discovery’s clinical informatics team, data and safety monitoring groups, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant central registries or new SCCM-Weil research grants, we are eager to engage with you and your investigators. Join SCCM’s Research Section to keep abreast of Discovery activities and find out more about how you can participate.

For further information and inquiries, please contact us at

 Spring Clinical Investigators Call for Proposals


Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network is encouraging members to submit proposals for review and discussion at the Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators Meeting. The Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators Meeting provides an opportunity for investigators to present clinical proposals in an inclusive and supportive environment. The meeting will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., during the American Thoracic Society annual meeting and will also be available to participants virtually via videoconference.

The Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators meeting is Monday, May 22, 2017, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It is being held at the following location:

Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington DC, USA
Meeting Room 8 

This is one of the Headquarter Hotels for the American Thoracic Society meeting and is close to the Convention Center.

The meeting can also be joined virtually using this link:
Telephone: +1 646 558-8656
Meeting ID: 518 949 893

The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, May 1, 2017. Please go to the following link to submit proposals:

The investigator initiated proposals are a unique opportunity to receive valuable peer feedback, network with the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Discovery Steering Committee members, and solicit additional participant sites. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Discovery Steering Committee. The investigators of the six highest ranked proposals will have an opportunity to present their proposals virtually or in person via PowerPoint presentation followed by questions. Those investigators invited to present can do so virtually and do not need to travel to Washington D.C. The proposals that are not selected for live presentations at the Discovery Spring Clinical Investigators Meeting will receive valuable feedback; the abstracts will be shared with the Discovery Steering Committee with the opportunity to solicit additional study sites.

The peer review, feedback, additional study sites, and the letter of support on behalf of the SCCM Discovery Steering Committee will greatly increase the chance of your study to obtain funding, be published, and help critically ill patients.

Criteria for Application:

  • A minimum of two sites is required to apply (multi-institutional studies)
  • The research plan (questions 6 -16) in the application should be concise and limited to no more than 6 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 (i.e., generation of data sets, data analysis, study sites, etc.)
  • It is expected that the results (positive or negative) of all approved Discovery studies, including those considered non-publishable 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 prior to submission.
  • All study investigators must submit any conflict of interest  
  • Intellectual property will be protected and confidentiality statements will be required from all members of the Discovery Steering Committee reviewers.

Preview the submission form. (Please note: all proposals must be submitted via the link listed above. You may not print and e-mail this PDF.)