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2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: Identifying Research Gaps in HSR

AcademyHealth is proud to announce the third annual HSRProj Research Competition for Students hosted by AcademyHealth and the National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This annual competition invites students to use data from the Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database in conjunction with other sources to identify research gaps in health services and systems research.

Submission Requirements

All projects should include the following:

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, students must:

Judging Criteria

In the initial phase, a set of judges drawn from the diverse fields that comprise health services and systems research will score each structured abstract based on the following criteria:

From the pool of submission, the judges will select five finalists to present a ten-minute web-based project synopsis. Finalist presentations will highlight the research purpose, methodology, findings, conclusions, and data visualizations. Presentations are expected to take place during the week of April 22, 2019. The winning project, and four honorary mentions, will be announced in early May.

How to Apply

The submission window for this competition will close on March 1, 2019 5:00 p.m. ET.

Submissions are to be made through the application webform. A complete submission needs to include:

Students are encouraged to seek course credits through their university for participation in this competition.

NOTE: There will be NO exceptions to the March 1 deadline. Finalists will be notified of their selection by the judges by the first week of April.


The winner or winning team will be invited to present their research as a featured poster at the 2019 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, June 2 – 4, in Washington DC.  Please note that the winner(s) will need to cover their own lodging, transportation, and registration. In addition, the winner(s) will be invited to work with AcademyHealth staff to write a blog post to be featured on AcademyHealth’s website describing their project and experience.