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Funding Resources

The list of following resources has been compiled and adapted from, Gruppen LD, Durning SJ. Needles and Haystacks: Finding Funding for Medical Education Research. Academic Medicine. 2016;91:480–484.

Organizations with grant opportunities that may be restricted to members of the organization

Phil R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Medical Education
The Research Committee of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) considers proposals from SACME members for original, scientific research related to physician and/or health professionals lifelong learning, for funding of up to a total amount of $50,000 over two years

Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE)
ASPE provides incentive grants of up to $10,000 to members who propose unique research or development projects related to use of standardized patients.

International Association of Medical Sciences Educators (IAMSE)
Up to $5,000 per project for IAMSE members for educational scholarship, including educational research

Association for Surgical Education (ASE)
MERG Research Award: ASE members are eligible to apply for funding of up to $10,000 for  

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation (SAEMF)
Education Research Grant: ($100.000) this is a2-year fellowship grant

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation (SAEMF)
Education Project Grant: $20,000

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation (SAEMF)
Research Large Project Grant awards: $150,000 over a two-year period ($75,000 per year) to support an emergency medicine faculty member to conduct a large-scale research project to advance his/her career and subsequently obtain federal funding by developing pilot data

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Foundation (SAEMF)
Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency medicine research grant: $3000: to provide support for research that evaluates the state of diversity and inclusion in the field of Emergency Medicine, evaluates interventions to improve diversity and inclusion in Emergency Medicine  

Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP)
Up to $10,000. Projects may include any field of research that focuses on enhancing undergraduate pediatric medical education. Projects might include educational scholarship related to curriculum development (e.g., design, implementation and scholarly evaluation of the impact of innovative curricula), development and validation of assessment or evaluation tools, development and evaluation of instructional materials, or other research focused on enhancing undergraduate pediatric education

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
AACOM has grants for medical education research: up to $5,000 for single-institution study and up to $10,000 for multi-institution study.

AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)
The Medical Education, Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) section of the GEA awards up to $10,000 to fund research projects that address important problems or questions in medical education

AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA)
CGEA awards up to $7,000 for multiple-institution projects and $5,000 for single-institution projects that promote scholarship in medical education and advance the community of scholarship within the Central region.

AAMC Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA)
To initiate new Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE) projects, NEGEA awards up to funding to $6,000 for multiple-institution projects and $3,000 for single-institution projects

AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA)
To initiate new Medical Education Scholarship, Research and Evaluation (MESRE) projects, SGEA awards up to $7,500 for multiple-institution projects and $5,000 for single-institution projects

AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA)
To promote scholarship in medical education and advance the community of scholarship within the Western region.  Funds are available for investigators via a mini-grant program. Investigators can request up to $5,000 to initiate a new study or up to $1,000 for completing an ongoing study

AMEE: an international association for medical education
AMEE research grants program provides financial support up to 10,000 British pounds for research health professions education

Arnold P Gold Foundation
The Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant Program provides up to $25,000 to support research and development of successful patient-centered care initiatives and best practices in the education of future physicians

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)
The RSNA/AUR/APDR/SCARD Radiology Education Research Development grant is a one-year grant of up to $10,000. All areas of radiology education research are eligible for support

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)
The AAIM Innovation Grants Program awards $2,500 to a single institution and $5,000 to multiple institutions for innovative projects

Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)
The SSH Novice Research Grant awards $5,000 to $10,000 to support promising pilot studies by novice investigators

International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, & Education (INSPIRE)
INSPIRE has 2 award mechanisms for simulation research: one-year awards with a total budget of $10,000 per year for novice investigators, and the INSPIRE Clinical Outcomes Strategically Focused Award; 2-3 years duration with a maximum budget of $180,000

Grants/awards that may not require organizational membership for eligibility

The American Medical Association (AMA) Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women

Provides up to $10,000 to support research advancing the study of women in the medical profession and strengthening AMA’s ability of identify and address the issues affecting women physicians and medical students.

Stemmler Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

Provides up to $150,000 over two years for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine. Pilot and more comprehensive projects are both of interest. Collaborative investigations within or among institutions are eligible, particularly as they strengthen the likelihood of the project's contribution and success.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Literature Review Grant: The Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together Initiative provides teams with $5,000 grants for rigorous reviews on topics related to humanism in healthcare that will be completed with a submission-ready manuscript within 18 months

Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education (SDRME) 
Literature Review Grant: SDRME supports the writing of review/ synthesis papers that make a substantial contribution to advancing practice, theory, or research in medical education. Papers are expected to be completed within two years from the time grant monies are received. The grant will award up to $4000 in total to the primary author

Foundations, organizations and federal agencies that periodically issue funding calls for proposals that can encompass medical education research. Grant/award amounts vary widely depending on the funding organization, scope of the project, etc.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
currently funding a wide range of activities (including research and evaluation) in four major areas: Health Systems; Healthy Children, Healthy Weight; Healthy Communities; Health Leadership

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Portfolio focus is on creation of conditions in communities for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life.

Spencer Foundation
Supports high-quality investigation of education through its research programs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Supports research and education projects in a broad spectrum of health professions and emphasizes public health problems

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Supports a wide variety of research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of health care

Fogerty International Center
supports global health research, building partnerships between health research institutions in the United States and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Provides grants to improve and expand health care services for underserved people

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Supports a wide range of biomedical and clinical (and sometimes educational) research through various institutes: particularly education and training of diverse research workforce

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Funds research on the health care of U.S. military veterans, including quality assurance and improvement innovations

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development
Four different research and Development services within this Office, including Health Services at:

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
The federal Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) “works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in postsecondary education, promote and expand access to postsecondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.”

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Funding  some science/STEM  education programs; additional funding opportunities posted in a range of areas are periodically posted.