External Grants and Funding Opportunities
This list compiles funding opportunities including:
- Organizational grant opportunities that may require membership
- Organizational grant opportunities that may not require membership
- Foundations, organizations and federal agencies that issue funding calls for proposals that can encompass medical education research
Organizational grant opportunities that may require membership
Deadline: TBD for 2021
The Research Committee of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) requests Letters of Intent (LOI) for original, scientific research related to physician and/or health professionals lifelong learning. Opportunities for research funding are one of the benefits of SACME membership.
A grant will be awarded up to a total amount of $50,000 over two years. The protocol for disbursement of funds is provided in a separate document. Learn more here.
Every year ASPE provides incentive grants to members who propose unique research or development projects related to use of standardized patients. Awards of up to $10,000.00 US are announced at the Annual Conference. Learn more here.
Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
In its strong encouragement and support of research in medical education, the GEA seeks to fund research projects that address important problems or questions in medical education. Proposals that foster collaboration are strongly encouraged. This includes collaborations among GEA sections (UME, GME, CPD), across GEA regions (CGEA, NEGEA, SGEA, WGEA) and/or proposals that engage multiple schools, professions or departments.
Multiple projects may be funded each year up to $10,000 each up to a two-year grant period. The number of proposals funded per year will depend upon the GEA budget and proposal quality. Learn more here.
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) wishes to encourage and support scholarship in medical science education and will fund multiple educational scholarship and curriculum innovation grants this year for up to $5000 each. Learn more here.
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
The SAEMF Education Research Grant strives to foster innovation in teaching, education, and educational research in emergency medicine for faculty-, fellow-, resident- and medical student-level learners. The mission of the grant is to develop the academic potential of the selected fellow by providing support for a dedicated two-year training period, including pursuit and preferably completion of an advanced degree in education. The Education Research Grant will provide a total of up to $50,000 per year for two years, contingent on the availability of funds from the SAEMF. Learn more here.
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
The SAEMF Education Project Grant strives to foster innovation in teaching, education, and educational research in emergency medicine for faculty-, fellow-, resident- and medical student-level learners. The mission of the grant is to provide support for a medical education research project. The Education Project Grant will provide up to $20,000 for an applicant’s project, contingent on the availability of funds from the SAEMF. Learn more here.
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
The 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. Learn more here.
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020
The mission of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) Research Grant is 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, or addresses disparities in healthcare outcomes in the practice of Emergency Medicine among underrepresented or marginalized groups.
The Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) Research Grant will provide up to $3,000 for an applicant’s project, contingent on the availability of funds from the SAEMF. SAEMF may discontinue, postpone, or change grant funding based on the amount of funds available. The number and monetary amount of awards granted depend on the quality of applications and status of the SAEMF funds. Learn more here.
Deadline: Early March
AACOM’s Grants Program includes awards for medical education research and institutional research. Institutional research is a broad category of work done at colleges (and across colleges within a profession) to inform decision-making and planning. Topics related to workforce issues—such as the implications of the expansion of osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, additional teaching sites, and class sizes—are of increasing interest. Learn more here.
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2020
AMEE is an international organisation that seeks to promote scholarship in healthcare professions education to advance knowledge and best practices in education as well as to build a community of scholars working in the field. AMEE has introduced a programme to provide financial support up to $12,900 (no facilities and administration fee) for educational research projects.
The AMEE Research Grant Award is only open to current paid AMEE Individual and Student Members.
The AMEE Research Grants programme recognises the importance of research in health professions education and will serve as a catalyst to promote excellence in research among AMEE members. The receipt of a grant award will recognise the work of an individual or group both locally and internationally. Learn more here.
Deadline: Early May, 2020
The Picker Gold Graduate Medical Education Challenge Grant Program supports the research and development of successful patient-centered care initiatives and best practices in the residency training environment. Faculty from any graduate medical education program that is accredited by the ACGME or one of the Canadian certification colleges (CFPC, RCPSC). Learn more here.
AAIM fosters educational innovations in academic internal medicine through our grant program. Learn more here.
The SSH Research Committee is announcing the Call for Letters of Intent for the 2019 SSH Novice Research Grants. The SSH Research Committee will provide awards of $5,000 to $10,000 to support promising pilot studies.
Methodologically sound simulation-based research projects using quantitative, qualitative or hybrid approaches are sought. Studies that are both innovative and have strong potential for a positive impact on the simulation field are encouraged. The potential impact on the applicant’s career is also considered. Learn more here.
Organizational grant opportunities that may not require membership
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2020
The aim of the Fellowship is to provide financial support to an individual or a research group to facilitate gaining further experience/training/knowledge that will enable strengthening of health professional education research efforts.
The individual or team must demonstrate commitment to a particular project and clearly indicate how the activities supported by the Travelling Fellowship will enhance the capacity to engage in conceptually grounded, methodologically rigorous, and programmatic research efforts. Funding is up to $2,500. Learn more here.
The Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women provides scholarships of up to $10,000 to support research advancing the study of women in the medical profession and strengthening the AMA’s ability to identify and address the issues affecting women physicians and medical students. Learn more here.
Deadline: July 2020
The Stemmler Fund was established in 1995 and subsequently named in honor of Dr. Edward J. Stemmler, who was largely responsible for the conception of the program while chair of the NBME. Dr. Stemmler served as the first chair of the Fund’s Steering Committee.
The goal of the Stemmler Fund is to provide support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that will enhance the evaluation of those preparing to, or continuing to, practice medicine. Expected outcomes include advances in the theory, knowledge, or practice of assessment at any point along the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate and graduate education and training, through practice. 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. Learn more here.
The Society of Directors of Research in Medical Education periodically sponsors the preparation of a paper summarizing a review of the literature on a timely topic in medical education. An annual call for invited review proposals is announced and submissions are reviewed by the Invited Review Selection Committee. Learn more here.
Foundations, organizations and federal agencies that issue funding calls for proposals that can encompass medical education research
Deadline: Nov. 22, 2019
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds a wide array of research and initiatives to help address some of America’s most pressing health challenges.
In addition to opportunities presented through targeted grant programs and funding partnerships, we continually accept brief proposals for funding of new and creative approaches to building a Culture of Health. Learn more here.
We invest in projects that advance the education of health professionals. We have two distinct grant programs, awarding Board Grants and President’s Grants with a focus on our five priorities (new window). We award up to 40 grants on a rotating schedule each year. We also support educational innovators in medicine and nursing through our Macy Faculty Scholars Program. Learn more here.
Various grants in different focus areas with different funding and deadlines. Portfolio focus is on creation of conditions in communities for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life. Learn more here.
Deadline: Late 2019/Early 2020
The Spencer Foundation invests in education research that cultivates learning and transforms lives. Throughout each of our programs, we maintain broad ideas about the questions educational research might ask, the theories it might employ, the methods and approaches it might use, and the ways in which we might support it. Learn more here.
CDC provides two types of funding: acquisition and assistance. Contracts acquire supplies and services for the agency, while grants assist recipients in accomplishing a public purpose. Learn more here.
Grant announcements from AHRQ for supporting research to improve the quality, effectiveness, accessibility, and cost effectiveness of health care. Learn more here.
The Fogarty International Center at NIH provides a variety of resources for current grantees and grant applicants. Learn more here.
HRSA’s mission is to improve health outcomes and address health disparities through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative, high value programs. Learn more here.
Did you know that NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability? NIH funded research has led to breakthroughs and new treatments, helping people live longer, healthier lives, and building the research foundation that drives discovery. Learn more here.
The VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) is an integral part of VA’s quest for innovative solutions to today’s healthcare challenges. HSR&D supports research that encompasses all aspects of VA healthcare, focusing on patient care, cost, and quality. The main mission of HSR&D research is to identify, evaluate, and rapidly implement evidence-based strategies that improve the quality and safety of care delivered to Veterans. Learn more here.
ED offers three kinds of grants. Discretionary grants are awarded using a competitive process. Student loans or grants are to help students attend college. Formula grants use formulas determined by Congress and has no application process. Learn more here.
HHMI selects researchers and grantees to support through competitions that have specific objectives and eligibility criteria; thus, HHMI does not encourage and rarely funds unsolicited grant proposals. Most HHMI grants competitions have a formal invitation and review process. Information about eligibility requirements and how to apply for specific programs can be found on each program’s page. Learn more here.