This is a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP), Joint Program Committee 1 (JPC-1), Medical Simulation and Information Sciences Research Program (MSIS), Team Performance Training (TPT) Research Initiative. The FY14 TPT Research Initiative seeks to support research into the design, plan, and components of an effective, efficient, interactive, user-friendly, evidence-based team performance trainer with automated assessment technology, which will improve team performance in delivery of healthcare with the overall goal of reducing medical errors/adverse events, and improving patient safety and healthcare outcomes. Focus on single-user interactive experiences is encouraged, but the FY14 TPT Research Initiative does not limit research to just single-user interactive experiences. The proposed automated assessment technology should analyze the individual’s (and other team members’) performance within a team situation/scenario and provide guidance toward optimal behaviors with the overall goal of reducing medical errors and improving healthcare outcomes. The primary goal is to perform critical research to gain knowledge on an optimal, best-practice, evidence-based framework, design, plan, and components to obtain optimal team performance training models, and to document, analyze, and report the knowledge and information regarding the nature and extent of improved communication skills and team performance in healthcare training simulation systems. Research supported by this funding opportunity should provide the fundamental knowledge, potential frameworks, designs and plans, and recommendations (both clinical and technical) to support the future development of an interactive team performance training system that can assess the downstream effects of the individual’s, as well as the team’s, behaviors and medical decisions have on patient safety outcomes.
To apply, visit www.grants.gov, and search for grant number: W81XWH-14-DMRDP-JPC1-TPT.