The HESI Resources-at-Initiation (RAI) process is a mechanism established in 2009 to respond to well-defined and time-sensitive projects. The RAI process includes requirements for dedicated funding up front by the proposal submitter(s), as well as tripartite engagement and relevance to the mission of HESI. The process is outlined below as a series of questions and answers.
Anyone can submit a project proposal via the HESI RAI process. As long as the required criteria are met (see below), proposals will be considered from HESI sponsors, private sector organizations that are not currently HESI sponsors, government organizations, academia, non-profit organizations, non-government organizations, and other public sector organizations.
The proposal form (click here) can be submitted to Cyndi Nobles, HESI Branch Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org), at any time. Proposals are reviewed as they are received, and a response (positive or negative) is provided to the submitter within 4-6 weeks of submission. The review process will involve three stages according to defined criteria (see below).
The first stage will be a review by senior HESI staff with an emphasis on the availability of staff resources. The second stage will be a review by the leadership of the HESI Emerging Issues Committee (EIC), who will evaluate the scientific merits of the proposal with an emphasis on objectives and relevance. At the discretion of the EIC leadership, additional scientific opinions may be sought from the membership of the EIC. The final stage will be a review by the Executive Committee of the HESI Board of Trustees, who will integrate staff and EIC recommendations into their decision.
A qualifying proposal will meet the following criteria:
Note: These criteria are set out as a guideline. If a proposal diverges in whole or in part from these guidelines, the submitter is encouraged to contact HESI staff to discuss feasibility.
Upon approval of an RAI proposal, the activity will become a scientific committee within the HESI portfolio. As is the case with existing components of the HESI portfolio, non-sponsor companies will be allowed to participate on a new RAI activity for one year before they will be required to consider HESI sponsorship. The new committee will be subject to a review under the HESI Stewardship Program managed by the Board of Trustees Program Strategy and Stewardship Committee (PSSC). The committee will be reviewed by the PSSC approximately one year after its initiation. For more information about the HESI Stewardship Program, click here.
Yes. Proposals submitted via the RAI process should, at the outset, include a commitment from multiple organizations and at least $75,000 in funding. If accepted, HESI will commit staff time to the execution of the project (concomitant with the project budget), but will not match or augment the project funds in any way. This approach is similar to the funding mechanism for existing HESI scientific committees.