HARD Manufacturing – WFPICCS Pediatric Critical Care Research Grant – now closed

We’re delighted to announce that the winners of the first HARD Manufacturing Co., Inc.– WFPICCS Pediatric Critical Care Research Grants are:

  • Dr Gonzalo Garcia Guerra, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Canada with ‘MUSiCC: Pilot
    randomized controlled trial on Music Use for Sedation In Critically ill Children’; and
  • Dr Jhuma Sankar, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India with ‘Use of Honey versus
    Standard Treatment for Pressure Ulcers in Critically Ill Children- A Randomised Controlled


About HARD Manufacturing

HARD Manufacturing Co., Inc., located in Buffalo, New York USA, designs and manufactures medical cribs/cots for children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and General Pediatric areas of hospitals.  William Godin purchased the company in 1980 and was Chairman of Board until he passed away in 2015. Bill’s daughter, Marjorie Bryen, has been President since 2014.  Additional company and product information can be found on our website at www.hardmfg.com.

HARD Manufacturing and WFPCICS

HARD Manufacturing is interested in developing a long term relationship with WFPICCS members and hospitals by supporting WFPICCS goals.  To kickstart the HARD Manufacturing-WFPICCS Pediatric Critical Care Research Grant and promote further opportunities to strengthen the relationship,  HARD Manufacturing will be exhibition at PICC 2016 in Toronto from 4 – 8 June.

Applying for the HARD Manufacturing-WFPICCS Pediatric Critical Care Research Grant

Area of Research for Consideration

All areas of research that target the improvement of care of critically ill children, with a particular focus on improvements in the physical environment for patient care.

Some suggested pediatric topics include prevention/treatment of pressure sores, affects of sound/light in the critical care unit, interaction of emerging technologies with sleeping systems and the value of human touch/voice as part of the healing process.

How to Apply
Blank application forms are available here.  Submit the completed application forms to WFPICCS Awards Office by 1 October, 2016.

Applications request the following information:

  • Information of Principal and Co-investigator (including CV of principal investigator)
  • Project Information: Title, Lay and Scientific Summary, Key words, patient and public involvement, How will this project advance the care and treatment of critically ill infants and children,
  • Project Plan: Background, Aim and Objectives, Methodology, Ethical consideration, Expected outcomes and Impact
  • Dissemination strategy
  • Management and Governance
  • Budget Proposal

Application Process
A Scientific Review Board established by WFPICCS will review the applications based on the relevance to the aim of the grant and scientific content, rigour and robustness. A representative from HARD Manufacturing on this Review Board will help in initial screening of  he proposals for their suitability for the subject of research to match with HARD Manufacturing’s intent. WFPICCS Board will consider recommendations by the review board to decide the final winners. The whole scientific review process will be coordinated and handled by the WFPICCS Office.Application Process

Successful applicants will be notified by 1 December, 2016.

For any queries or comments please do contact the WFPICCS Office.

Please note:
By applying grant winners agree to the following:

  • present their findings at WFPICCS Congress 2018, Singapore, at their own expense.
  • allow WFPICCS and HARD Manufacturing to be able to reference and share research results, including white papers; published research findings; or articles with customers as part of our customer service and sales activities.
  • Obtain ethics approval for your study – funds will only be disbursed upon the obtainment of ethics approval.
  • Have access to an institutional account to receive the funds into – funds will not be paid into any other account.
  • Provide clear financial accounting and at the end of the process provide the donor with an audited account of how the money was spent.
  • Research should be completed, at the latest, to present at the 2018 World Congress in Singapore (provisionally dated 8-13 June).