Establish Alternative Funding Sources
The federal government should not be the only organization funding EMS research. Charitable foundations often offer unique and flexible funding, some of which should be dedicated to EMS research. State EMS lead agencies traditionally have not performed EMS research, but they should develop a serious commitment to improve patient care based upon evidence generated by high quality research. Ideally, state agencies should collaborate with at least one academic institution with expertise in EMS research. This collaboration will give state regulators, provider agencies, and EMS professionals access to individuals with expertise regarding grant applications and local research related issues. This academic collaborator should also offer guidance to the state lead agency on EMS research policies.
States, corporations, and charitable foundations should be encouraged to support EMS research.
· State lead EMS agencies should promote prehospital research and facilitate the development of relationships and resources necessary for such studies.
· Corporations and charitable foundations should provide funds for EMS related research.