No. Anyone from the public or private sectors can submit a proposal. Submissions do not require current or prior affiliation with the HESI organization.
Proposals are solicited once per year typically from September – December. These proposals undergo detailed initial review by HESI’s multi-sector public/private Emerging Issues Committee (EIC). Two or more promising proposals are selected by the EIC for presentation at the HESI Annual Meeting, usually held in June. These priority proposals are then submitted to HESI membership for prioritization and voting. The most promising proposals will form the basis of new scientific initiatives within HESI.
The following criteria are used by the EIC to identify potential projects appropriate for HESI action:
EI projects are resource intensive. Consequently, budget and staffing restrictions may limit adoption or modify the timeline from year to year.
No. Proposal submissions do not require a commitment of resources, however, projects that bring matching funds or collaborative grants will be given special consideration. A project that is ultimately selected for action receives funding from HESI for approximately one year. This funding includes a dedicated HESI scientific program manager, dollars for meetings and teleconferences, and limited travel funds for public sector participants. While these funds help to get the project started, HESI relies on in-kind contributions from participants as well as dollar contributions from partner organizations to complete more complicated projects, such as laboratory studies. Participants (both public and private sector) are not required to pay any fees during the first year. If the project moves beyond one year in duration, the participants (in conjunction with the HESI program manager) must develop a budget and identify committed funds to complete the proposed project. HESI will match those funds (up to an established limit) during the second year. Beyond year two, the project must be funded entirely by participant dollars.
Many successful HESI Committees originated with a proposal submitted through the HESI Emerging Issues proposal solicitation process. Examples include the Microbiome Committee, the Cell Therapy – TRAcking, Circulation, & Safety (CT-TRACS) Committee, and the Translational Biomarkers of Neurotoxicity (NeuTox) Committee.
Submit one or more topics using the HESI proposal form. Use a separate form for each topic. The most promising proposals will form the basis of new scientific initiatives within HESI, and will receive supporting funds from HESI to initiate activities in the fall of 2020.