Research Grant Guidelines

Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI):  January 31, 2016


Advanced research in new methods of health care delivery in the pre-hospital setting.

Emergency medical treatment is a dynamic field and constant research is critical to sustain the very best quality of care. Contributions to the Foundation support promising pilot projects that focus on emergency medical services, pre-hospital care, and prevention of sudden cardiac death. Foundation-funded research has led to:

  • New techniques for performing CPR to improve patient outcomes
  • The use of new drugs in managing cardiac arrest
  • Prevention of sudden cardiac arrest
  • Brain protection after resuscitation from sudden cardiac death
  • The importance of CPR prior to defibrillation
  • The most effective use of drugs in dissolving clots that cause some forms of heart attacks


General Research Fund

Provides seed money for pilot studies related to out-of-hospital emergency medical care.
Grant range:  $5,000–$50,000

Recent Grants:

  • Kelley R. Branch, MD MSc and Edward Gill, MD
    “Comprehensive Computed Tomography Evaluation of Sudden Death Survivors”
  • Hendrika Meischke, PhD, MPH
    “A 9-1-1 Call-Center Intervention to Improve 9-1-1 Dispatcher Identification of Cardiac Arrest and Offer of Telephone CPR Instruction”
  • David Tirschwell, MD, MSc
    “Neurologic Prognostication after Cardiac Arrest in the Hypothermia Era”


W. Hunter Simpson Fund for Research and Development in Pre-hospital Emergency Care

Provides funding for the research of new devices or new applications of existing devices for out-of-hospital emergency medical care.
Grant range:  $25,000–$150,000

Recent Grants:

  • Thomas D. Rea, MD, MPH
    “Advancing CPR: Technology Designed to Reduce CPR Interruptions and Guide Best Care During Resuscitation”

W. Hunter Simpson

W. Hunter Simpson
As President and CEO of Physio-Control Corporation, the late Hunter Simpson played an instrumental role in changing the face of emergency medical care with the introduction of the portable battery-powered LIFEPAK defibrillator/monitor.  The device helped to revolutionize emergency response, enabling trained paramedics to defibrillate patients in the field prior to transport to a hospital, saving thousands of lives worldwide.

Hunter was a strong advocate for research and understood its critical role in developing cutting edge technology and health care.  He also understood that scientific and technologic innovation in our community prospers with the partnership and support of the private sector.  Not only did he demonstrate his commitment to research through his own personal generosity, but he dedicated much of his time engaging others in the community to do the same.

Those who know and appreciate Hunter’s many contributions as a businessman, civic leader and philanthropist will be pleased to know that the Medic One Foundation and Physio-Control, with support from the Simpson Family, have established the W. Hunter Simpson Fund for Research and Development in Pre-hospital Emergency Care.

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