Shark Tank 2023: Hooking AFib
Submit Your AFib Research Ideas
Have a brilliant AFib research idea? Submit it for the chance to present in front of an expert panel of "sharks" from the Heart Rhythm Society and American Heart Association during Heart Rhythm 2023 in New Orleans!
The submission deadline is 5:00 PM ET on Friday, March 3, 2023.
Have a great AFib research idea?
Submit for the chance to present it to an AHA/HRS panel of “sharks” during a competition of research ideas related to the extensive GWTG‐AFIB registry! See if your idea will make the sharks want “more skin in the game” or say, “for that reason, I’m out!”
Submitters of the three top-rated ideas will receive complimentary in-person registration* to attend Heart Rhythm 2023 in New Orleans from May 19-21, 2023, and present their idea to a panel of judges. Those being invited to present will be notified the week of April 3, 2023. Contestants must appear in person at the meeting in New Orleans. Submission instructions and review criteria can be found below.
The competition winner will receive the AHA/HRS Bill Lewis Investigator Award plaque. In addition, mentorship will be provided to the award winner to assist with the next steps of the AHA proposal process.
Prospective projects must utilize data available through the GWTG-AFib registry. To prepare your submission, reference the following:
*Already registered? If you are invited to present, HRS will automatically refund your registration fees. If you are not registered at the time of being invited to present, HRS will provide a discount code to apply your complimentary registration during checkout.
Panel of Judges
|Jonathan P. Piccini, Sr., MD, MHS, FHRS||William R. Lewis, MD, FHRS|
|Larry R. Jackson, II, MD||Andrea M. Russo, MD, FHRS|
|Bradley P Knight, MD, FHRS||Meghan Turchioe, MPH, PhD, RN|
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Location: Room 8, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
|11:00 AM CT||Introduction (Dr. Piccini)|
|11:05 AM CT||Background (Dr. Lewis)|
|11:10 AM CT||Presentations (8 minutes each)
Q&A (2 minutes each)
|11:45 AM CT||Judges' Review|
|11:55 AM CT||Award Presentation|
Submission Review Criteria
Reviewers/judges will use the following criteria to score idea submissions:
- Does the submission require a linkage to the AF GWTG database?
- Feasibility: Is AF GWTG data available and sufficient for analysis, and are objectives attainable?
- Overlap: Does this overlap with other approved proposals or existing publications? (The GWTG online catalog is here.)
- Significance or novelty: Do the hypothesis and description show scientific originality or an impactful or important topic? Does it close a treatment gap or expand on other publications?
- Strength of the description of the proposed study/analysis? (High / Medium / Low)
- Priority level: Does this support GWTG programs? (High priority / Regular priority / Low Priority)
- General comments
- Overall Score of 1 to 10, see below for numeric grading scale.
Numeric Grading Scale
Each submission will be given a numerical grade based on the following criteria, and AHA and HRS will average all the reviewer scores to determine the final score/decision.
- 10 Excellent: Investigation based on original concepts and provides important data or new techniques, factual submission. Should be accepted for presentation.
- 9, 8 Good: Similar to the above “Excellent” designation above but less outstanding.
- 7, 6, 5 Average: Contains information that might benefit colleagues; contains fair data. Low priority for presentation.
- 4, 3, 2 Questionable: Repetitious investigation which does not add to existing knowledge; poor data. Should not be presented.
- 1 Rejection: Should not be accepted.
Reviewer/Judge Conflict of Interest
If a reviewer/judge has a conflict of interest with a specific submission (such as sponsorship), the reviewer/judge must note Conflict in the score section of the spreadsheet. The submission will then be sent to another working group member to review.
Submission Guidelines & Instructions
Before you begin, please note that you must have an HRS account to submit your ideas. If you do not have an HRS account, you must create one (this process is free and takes only a few minutes).
Step 1: Submission Instructions
- Visit the Shark Tank Idea Submission site. Click on the “Submission” tab, which will take you to the submission landing page.
- Select “Create New Submission” in the left-hand navigation pane.
- Click the radio button for “Shark Tank Submission” and click “Continue.”
- There is no charge to make a submission for Shark Tank: Hooking AFib.
Step 2: Submission Form
Follow the form by filling in the required fields. The total number of characters allowed for the submission is 2,500. This character count does include spaces but does not include the abstract title.
- Title of Proposal
- Research Objective(s)
- Study Population (specify admission diagnosis of interest, including inclusion and exclusion criteria)
- Description of Proposed Study/Analysis
- Figure Illustrating Study Concept: Please upload a PDF attachment. If you are submitting more than one file, compile into a single PDF for upload.
- Key References
Step 3: Properties
- In the “Session Type” dropdown, make sure that “Shark Tank Submission” is selected.
- Click “Save and Continue”
Step 4: Authors
- Add additional authors/contributors.
- Additional authors must have an HRS account for them to be added. If your additional authors do not have an HRS account, they will need to create one before they can be added.
Step 5: Attestations
To finalize your abstract submission, you must agree to the following statements:
- GWTG-AFIB Case Report Forms: I have reviewed the case report forms (data entry forms) for GWTG-AFIB to ensure that the project is feasible within the existing GWTG-AFIB. Exceptions for highly innovative applications may be entertained, but reliance on data elements that are not included within GWTG-AFIB will impair feasibility.
- Existing Publications: I have reviewed existing publications to ensure no overlap with this proposal. See GWTG Online Library of Publications.
Step 6: Review and Submit
- Carefully proofread your submission and make any necessary revisions before the submission deadline of March 3, 2023.
- It is not possible to correct or change a submission after the submission deadline.