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SHEA Research Network

The SHEA Research Network (SRN) is a consortium of over 100 hospitals collaborating on multi-center research projects of interest to the SHEA membership to identify important gaps in the healthcare epidemiology science base and address them by contributing data and expertise. The SRN is competitive in obtaining federal funding from agencies including CDC, AHRQ, and NIH.

All hospitals with a dedicated site PI are able to join the SRN and participate in future projects. Project approval is determined by the SRN Application Review Committee.

Engaging the Network

Investigators interested in engaging the SRN for a study should review and complete the Study Proposal Concept Form and submit it to

Proposals funded by an external source or those seeking funding from an external source will be reviewed primarily for project significance and alignment with the mission and capabilities of the SRN. For unfunded proposals, consideration will also be given to the burden on participating sites. If the research proposal aligns with the mission and capabilities of the SRN, the concept sheet alone may be sufficient and will be approved by the SRN Application Review Committee. In some cases, investigators may be asked to submit a Full Protocol Application for review. Concept form submissions will be reviewed as they are received and full proposals, if solicited, will be reviewed quarterly.

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Submit a Proposal

Apply for a Letter of Support

Fee Structure

  • Federally funded grants (excluding training or career development grants): $2,000
  • Corporate funded grants: $5,000
  • Fees cover review and solicitation of members; they do not cover administrative support and data management.
  • Proposals that require additional resources (e.g. Adelphi process with multiple rounds of surveying) will be assessed an additional fee to cover administration of the proposal. The amount will be determined following review of the proposal.
  • Proposals that are not accepted will not be charged.
  • Fees will not be assessed for unfunded research projects (i.e. conducted with no visible means of support).
SHEA Research Agenda

In 2014, the SHEA Research Committee published the SHEA Research Agenda (1). SHEA encourages the submission of research projects aiming to address the following high priority topics in infection prevention research:

  • Approaches for disseminating and implementing HAI prevention methods
  • The impact of antibiotic stewardship programs on resistance, patient outcomes, and cost
  • The use of performance methods in antibiotic stewardship
  • Benefits of methods such as post-prescription review
  • Transmission dynamics and novel interventions to prevent transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs)
  • The impact of environmental disinfection on transmission
  • The role of laboratory technology to identify MDROs
  • Approaches to improve vaccination rates among healthcare personnel (HCP)
  • The role of electronic monitoring tools in managing hand hygiene compliance
  • Surveillance of environmental cleaning
  • Changing policy related to environmental cleaning
  • Device-associated infections (DAI) in non-ICU settings
  • Novel technology and strategies for DAI prevention
  • Reliability and validity of surveillance definitions in patient populations
  • Surveillance definitions’ impact on outcomes and practices
  • Postoperative wound care strategies for reducing surgical site infections (SSIs)
  • Impact of operating room (OR) checklists on SSI rates
  • Patient-specific risk factor modification for reducing SSIs
  • Strategies to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogen exposures
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • The role of HCP in transmitting organisms to patients
  • Effects of barrier precautions on respiratory virus transmission
  • Acceptability of N-95 masks for the prevention of respiratory virus transmission
  • The role of novel diagnostics in identification and prevention of emerging respiratory viruses
  • Effectiveness of touchless cleaning technologies

Safdar N, Anderson DJ, Braun BI, Carling P, Cohen S, Donskey C, et al. The evolving landscape of healthcare-associated infections: recent advances in prevention and a road map for research. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35(5):480-93. doi: 10.1086/675821. PubMed PMID: 24709716; PubMed Central PMCID: PMCPMC4226401.

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