2019 Research Opportunities

The NECC Mini-Grant Initiative – Stroke Systems of Care


The NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium is pleased to announce the 2019 Call for Proposals for research projects targeting improved stroke systems of care.  The NECC will support projects with mentorship and funding up to $10,000 per grant.

Systems of Care Focus
Proposals must focus on initiatives that will improve stroke systems of care on a local and regional level.  Preference will be given to proposals including multiple referring and receiving centers, post-acute care facilities or EMS agencies. At a minimum, proposals must include:

  • 1 Referring Center
  • 1 Receiving Center
  • 1 EMS Agency OR 1 Post-Acute Care Facility.

3rd Annual Stroke Tank: Pitch it to the Judges! ™ – Funded proposals will have a chance to compete for additional funds in a “Shark Tank” style competition at the 14th Annual Summit, October 25th, in Boston, MA.  Check out a Sizzle Reel from the inaugural event.

Letter of Interest Guidelines
A one-page letter of interest must include the following:

  • A description of the project and project team
  • Measurable outcome(s)
  • What mentorship and/or resources you are seeking
  • Stated intent to publish a manuscript (including target journal) and/or submit for presentation at a regional, national, or international scientific conference.
  • If your letter of interest is accepted, you will be invited to submit a proposal for consideration.

Submitting Your Letter of Interest – DUE JUNE 9, 2019
Letters of interest should be submitted to necc@heart.org by June 9, 2019.

If you would like to schedule a 30-minute call to review the LOI process and the 2019 NECC Call for Proposals, please contact Abigail Egan.  Any additional questions should be directed to Abigail Egan at Abigail.Egan@heart.org or (774) 573-7430.

Upon submission, Letters of Interest will be reviewed by a NECC Selection Committee.  If selected, you will be invited to complete a Full Proposal.  


Full Proposals
All proposals must include the below elements:

  • A statement of need with literature review
  • Clearly specified research question(s)/ aim/ hypothesis and detailed methodology
  • Specific data elements, data sources, and tracking metrics
  • Clear and detailed statistical analysis plan (with evidence that a biostatistician, epidemiologist or similarly trained individual is part of the project team) or text justifying why it is not needed/ necessary.
  • An identified project team
  • Time frame for completion (should be completed within a 24-month award period)

Key Dates & Deadlines

  • Letters of Interest Due: June 9, 2019
  • Decision on Letters of Interest/ Invitation to Complete Full Proposal: Late June/ Early July 2019
  • Full Proposals Due: August 4, 2019, 5 PM
  • Applicants Notified of Final Decisions: Late August/ Early September 2019
  • Competition for Additional Funds at the 14th Annual NECC Summit: October 24 & 25, 2019

Additional Information

For additional information, please contact us at necc@heart.org.  The NECC is also pleased to share successful letters as samples, upon request.  If interested, please inquire at necc@heart.org.