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2022 AAMC Innovations That Bolster Community Trust in Science Award

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AAMC announces its ninth annual award developed in collaboration with the GREAT Group and GRAND leadership. The GREAT (Group on Research, Education, and Training) Group is the AAMC’s professional development group for the faculty and administrative leaders of biomedical PhD, MD-PhD, and postdoctoral programs. The GRAND (Group on Research Advancement and Development) leadership is the AAMC’s professional development group for research deans, deans of clinical research, and other research leaders at academic medical centers.

The primary goal of this year’s awards program is to highlight Innovations that Bolster Community Trust and Engagement in Science. This includes pioneering approaches to bolstering community trust and engagement in scientific developments that promote human health. Examples of eligible initiatives include programs that help researchers communicate more effectively and translate the impact of their work to a broad and/or lay audience; mechanisms that ensure the rigor and reproducibility of data; programs that promote community engagement (e.g., community based participatory research or public engagement in science); and initiatives that leverage community partnerships to address health inequities.

Submissions must describe:

  • The innovation that was implemented, including context such as rationale and demonstrated need
  • The roles of institutional and program leaders, community partners, faculty, staff, and trainees in developing and implementing the innovation
  • Metrics and/or measurements used to evaluate outcomes. Please include metrics that measure and reflect the priorities of stakeholders (e.g., what was the community impact), not just the institutional outcomes
  • Outcomes, quantitative or qualitative, resulting from the innovation

Who Should Apply?

Research deans; research training leaders in PhD, MD-PhD, MD, and postdoctoral programs; research and faculty leaders across the full spectrum of research, and community partners are encouraged to apply. One of the applicant partners must be at an AAMC-member institution. Self-submissions and applications on behalf of colleagues are welcome.


Winners will be announced in February 2022 and recognized in AAMC communications. One or more awards will be presented. Up to $5,000 for each winning entry will be awarded to the institution. A major goal of the award for the AAMC is to create opportunities for dissemination of innovative models and peer learning opportunities. To facilitate dissemination of the innovations, one or more winners may be selected to present an AAMC webinar.

We encourage you to complete the brief application (Word).

Application deadline: December 17, 2021. Submit completed applications to jomotade@aamc.org.

AAMC Innovation Award Team

Direct application questions to Julia Omotade.

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