Project Concept Submission

To submit a project concept to CHEER, follow these steps:

Step 1

  1. Prepare the CHEER Project Concept Short Form (34 KB MS Word Document) and send it to the CHEER team via email.
  2. CHEER will review the project concept for feasibility.
  3. If the project concept is approved, you will complete step 2 as outlined below.

Step 2

  1. Complete the CHEER project concept template (41 KB PDF). Limit the concept to four pages, including references.
  2. In preparing the concept, consider the following guidelines regarding study size:
  • In general, the size of a study should be based on the results of the power analysis carried out and discussed in the statistical analysis section of the project concept. We can help with this based on our project descriptor database.
  • Under certain circumstances, studies may be deliberately underpowered. Typically these would be studies of interventions that have not been previously tested sufficiently to warrant the resources required for a fully powered trial, but which address particularly significant populations or methodologies.
  1. In preparing the CHEER concept cover sheet (72 KB PDF), the authors should propose a lead investigator for the concept.
  2. The authors submit the concept paper with Concept Cover Sheet to the CHEER team via e-mail.
  3. The Steering Committee (SC) will review the concept according to review criteria set in advance by the committee. See a sample CHEER concept review scoring (75 KB PDF).
  4. The SC assigns a score to each concept according to the criteria being used for concept review and enters the score as well as recommendations on the Concept Cover Sheet.
  5. If we accept a concept, we will notify the, lead investigator of our recommendations.
  6. The author co-develops the protocol and submits it for review according to his/her Institutional Review Board’s policy.
  7. If the author fails to develop a suitable protocol (version 1) within six months of notification of approval, the author will seek continuing authorization from the SC.
  8. During the protocol development process, the author will report significant deviations (“drift”) issues from the original concept design to the steering committee.