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    Grants for Medical Educators

    Through its grants, the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) seeks to encourage and support research and innovation that address important problems, answer timely questions, and drive the practice of medical education forward. These grants aim to advance the work of all those engaged in improving academic medicine.  

    This page includes information about current and reoccurring calls for funding proposals. It will be updated throughout the year with links to calls for grant applications as they open. Additional information about past grant award winners, their research and innovations, and the outcomes of their work is available upon request from gea@aamc.org.  

    National Grants

    National Grant Award Call for Educational Research Grant Proposals 

    The GEA seeks to fund research projects that address important problems or questions in medical education. High-quality research proposals on the following topics are strongly encouraged, but proposals in other areas are also welcome: professional identify formation; learner well-being and mistreatment; learning environment; faculty development; interprofessional education; competency-based medical education, entrustable professional activities, and milestones; self-directed/self-regulated learning; and virtual learning and COVID-related educational changes.

    The GEA may fund multiple projects each year up to $10,000 each. This is a two-year grant. The pre-proposal application process opens in the fall, and the full proposal application process opens in the spring. Both are currently closed. 

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    NEGEA Grants

    Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) Mini-Grant

    The NEGEA provides funding to initiate new MESRE projects to stimulate the development of a community of educational scholars. Projects promoting collaboration across institutions and sections (undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, continuing professional development) are encouraged. The NEGEA may award multiple grants up to $3,000 for single-institution submissions and $6,000 for multi-institution submissions each cycle. This is a two-year award. This call for proposals opens in May and closes in July. It is currently closed.  

    2023 Winners: 

    • Jennifer Perez, MD,  Boston Children’s Hospital, Developing and Evaluating a Curriculum in Pediatric Post‐Acute Complex Care, Funding awarded: $3,000
    • Zareen Zaidi, MD, PhD, George Washington University, Using Critical Theory to Understand the "Wicked Problem" of Equity in Assessment, Funding awarded: $5,922
    • Abigail W. Konopasky, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Agency and Resistance: How DEIJ Leaders’ Racialized and Generational Identities Influence Their Navigation of Institutional Whiteness, Funding awarded: $7,375
    • Margarita Ramos, MD, MS, Children’s National Hospital, Mitigating Bias and Inequity in the Process of Identifying Pediatric Residents for Remediation, Funding awarded: $1,216.55
    • Hetty Cunningham, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Building the Capacity of Healthcare Professionals Toward Anti-Racist and Inclusive Interprofessional Care, Funding awarded: $3,500

    Scholars Grant 

    The NEGEA provides funding for early- and mid-career faculty to complete an educational scholarship or research project. This grant provides an individual the opportunity for professional development through the design, implementation, and completion of a high-quality educational scholarship project (including curriculum development, educational program, or educational research). The NEGEA may award up to two individuals up to $15,000 each cycle. This is a two-year award. This call for proposals opens in May and closes in July. It is currently closed.  

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    2023 Winners: 

    • David Staudt, MD, A Realist Evaluation of a Longitudinal Point of Care Ultrasound Program, Funding awarded: $14,096
    • Shazia Samanan, MD, MEd, George Washington University, Exploring Academic Hospitalists’ Professional Identity Formation: A Grounded Theory Approach, Funding awarded: $15,000 

    MESRE Grant or Scholars Grant: Which one is right for you? 

    SGEA Grants 

    Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) Mini-Grant

    To help its members participate in educational scholarship, the SGEA provides up to three research grants, including up to $5,000 for single-institution submissions and $7,500 for multi-institution submissions. This is a two-year grant. The SGEA seeks to promote collaborative projects across institutions and sections (undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, continuing professional development) and to stimulate the development of a community of educational scholars. Project proposals must be consistent with previously published criteria for scholarship and provide additional opportunities for others to build upon this work. This call for proposals opens in May and closes in July. It is currently closed.  

    2023 Winner: 

    • Emily S. Wang, MD, UT Health San Antonio, Evaluating Harassment of Learners by Patients: Assessing Differences Across Clinical Learning Environments, Funding awarded: $7,500

    Innovation in Medical Education Award

    The SGEA supports and encourages innovation in medical education. To recognize members who have developed an innovative approach to medical education and to support participation of SGEA members in activities that promote educational scholarship, the SGEA will provide one award of $5,000 each year to recognize an outstanding innovation in medical education. Innovations which promote collaborative projects across institutions, the health professions, and sections (undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, continuing professional development) will be given extra consideration. This call for proposals opens in May and closes in July. It is currently closed.  

    Spark Grants for Innovations in Medical Education

    The SGEA provides seed funding for in progress or new innovative projects that enhance medical education and aim to help investigators overcome barriers to conducting or starting research. This funding is intended to support the rapid implementation of an innovation, teaching activity, or novel assessment method aimed at improving teaching, learning, or assessment at any point along the medical education continuum. Applicants may request up to $1,000 toward their project. The SGEA may fund five to ten projects each cycle. This call for proposals opens in May and closes in July. It is currently closed. 

    2023 Winner: 

    • Sarah Stumbar, MD, MPH, FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, A Human Trafficking Primer, Funding awarded: $1,000

    CGEA Grants 

    Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) Mini-Grant

    The CGEA seeks proposals that address the education of medical learners and advance the community of scholars in the Central region. The CGEA now offers $10,000 for multiple-institution projects and $7,000 for single-institution projects. The CGEA welcomes proposals for any systematic scholarship project, including scholarship of discovery (i.e., traditional research that discovers new knowledge) as well as projects with systematic approaches to the scholarship of teaching, application, integration, and/or engagement (e.g., scholarly innovations). Consistent with the requirements of scholarship, all funded projects must be collaborative and investigatory in nature, and their results must be made public, available for peer review, and freely available for others to build upon. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 15 at 11:59 pm CT. 

    Check out the complete submission guidelines.

    2023 Winner: 

    • Jessica Byram, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Teaching Artificial Intelligence to Medical Trainees Through a Hybrid Didactic and Experiential Learning Experience, Funding awarded: $4,875

    WGEA Grants  

    Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) Mini-Grant  

    The WGEA seeks to promote scholarship in medical education and advance the community of scholarship within the Western region. Investigators can request up to $5,000 to initiate a new study or up to $1,000 to complete an ongoing study (“finishing award”). The call for proposals for the 2024-2025 cycle is open. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 29 at 11:59 pm PT. 

    Check out the complete submission guidelines as well as tips and a webinar recording with strategies for putting together a successful submission. 

    2023 Winners: 

    • Jimmy Beck, MD, MEd, University of Washington School of Medicine, Exploring Attending Physicians' Perception of the Value of Stress as a Way to Enhance Learning, Funding awarded: $2,250
    • Miguel Gonzalez, MD, and Julie H. Youm, PhD, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, Does AI Augment Humans Reliably? Utilizing Artificial Intelligence for Mapping Learning Objectives to Medical Education Program Objectives, Funding awarded: $2,740
    • Kevin Chi, MD, and Samantha Wang, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, The Impact of Repeated Exposure to a Racial Justice Curriculum in Medicine on Medical Educators’ Attitudes and Behaviors in Teaching Health Equity, Funding awarded: $4,860