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Early-Stage Investigator Travel Award Application

2023 Summit on the Advancement of Focused Equity Research in Trauma (SAFER-Trauma)
August 2-3, 2023 | Chicago, IL

The Summit on the Advancement of Focused Equity Research in Trauma (SAFER-Trauma) will be held at the American College of Surgeons headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. This conference will convene a multi-disciplinary team of stakeholders around equity and trauma research, with emphasis on supporting researchers from groups historically excluded from biomedical research.

The goal of the SAFER-Trauma is to provide stakeholders and researchers in the trauma community with the knowledge, tools, and collaborative relationships to plan and carry out studies to reduce inequities surrounding trauma care in the United States. Our Specific Aims are as follows:

Aim 1: Characterize current gaps regarding health equity research in trauma
Aim 2: Identify funding mechanisms and pathways for collaboration
Aim 3: Outline a research agenda to address inequities in trauma

In an effort to grow the pipeline of a diverse group of investigators and spur new grant applications, early-stage investigators interested in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in trauma are encouraged to apply for a travel award to cover the cost of airfare, meals, and lodging (up to $1,500). Registration fees will also be covered. Up to four awards will be granted, depending on budget and space considerations.

The SAFER-Trauma conference planning committee will review applications and select awardees competitively based on the eligibility criteria described below, with preference given to researchers from groups historically excluded from biomedical research and funding. Awardees will be expected to participate as authors in conference proceedings for publication.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submit your application below by May 1, 2023.


  • You should apply if you expect to have a career in equity and disparities research, have conducted or been involved in research activities addressing disparities, and are interested in helping to define and disseminate critical EDI research efforts to the trauma community.
  • Individuals from any trauma-related discipline are encouraged to apply, including physicians, nurses, PhD researchers, and other related fields.
  • Candidates must be early career – within 5 years of completion of education, training, residency, fellowship, or other terminal degree. These awards are intended for early-stage investigators who have the potential to lead future funded research. Previous or current R01 investigators will not be considered.
  • Researchers from groups historically excluded from biomedical research (HRBR) as defined by the NIH are encouraged to apply–individuals from racial and ethnic groups such as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders; individuals with disabilities, individuals with disadvantaged backgrounds, and women from the above backgrounds at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields.
  • Candidates must be a member of one of CNTR’s Core, Stakeholder or Affiliate member organizations (AAST, ABA, ACS-COT, EAST, WTA, STN, ATS, NATF, TCAA, SCCM, AANS/CNS, AGS, NBCA, NAEMT, ACEP, HAVI).



SAFER-Trauma Travel Awards

Application form for travel awards to the SAFER-Trauma conference

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Describe how participation in this conference complements your current clinical and/or research interests and how you plan to assist in the development of innovative solutions to reduce inequities in the trauma community.
Participation Agreement(Required)
If selected for a travel award, I agree to participate in the breakout sessions, engage in the development of priorities and proposal ideas, and take a lead co-author role in preparing manuscripts describing the conference discussions or proceedings.
Upload your current Curriculum Vitae or NIH-style biosketch (whichever you have available)
Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 2 GB.