IAMSE Grants

IAMSE Educational Scholarship and Curriculum Innovation Grants

Description:

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) wishes to encourage and support scholarships in medical science education and will fund multiple educational scholarship and curriculum innovation grants this year for up to $5000 each.

The purpose of the IAMSE Educational Scholarship Grants is to make funds available to support projects designed to systematically collect and analyze data related to medical education, which may employ a variety of methods but seeks to produce generalizable information for dissemination.

The purpose of the IAMSE Curriculum Innovation Grants is to make funds available to support projects designed for the general enrichment of teaching and learning that go beyond normal expectations of a faculty member, including but not limited to advances in pedagogy, technology, content development, or professional development.

For both award categories, preference will be given to new projects. Funding is for a 2-year period. Mid-year progress reports will be submitted to the IAMSE Educational Scholarship Committee. The Principal Investigator (PI) of each funded project will be awarded an additional $1,500 travel award to present the results of their grant research at a future IAMSE conference. Any scholarship (e.g., publications, posters) resulting from IAMSE-funded research must acknowledge the IAMSE Grant on the work. If the research project involves human subjects, a letter of approval from the host Institutional Review Board stating that the project is approved or that approval was not necessary will be required prior to disbursement of funds.

Eligibility:

IAMSE members are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Members may submit only one proposal per year and may not be an author on any other grants currently receiving IAMSE funding. PIs who have received IAMSE grant funding are not eligible to apply in subsequent years.

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Application Format and Submission Process:

1. Applications are to be submitted via the online submission form to the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

2. Cover page to include:

  • Name of applicant(s) and institution affiliation(s)
  • Project title
  • Category: Educational Scholarship Grant OR Curriculum Innovation Grant
  • Contact information for principal investigator, to include address, email, telephone
  • Institutional grant/development officer to whom payment will be made (name, title, address, email, phone)

3. Proposals are limited to 5 double-spaced pages, excluding budget, budget justification, biographical sketches; references; and letters of support.

ALL parts of the proposal must be submitted in ONE PDF document saved with the name of the PI.

4. Format for Submissions

I. Main Proposal (5 double-spaced pages, 12-point type)

For Educational Scholarship Grants:

  • Alignment with IAMSE Mission:¬†In a few sentences, please describe how your project aligns with the mission of IAMSE
    Introduction/Background
    : Statement of problem and importance of proposed project/significance of need. Include the specific aim of the project.
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Methods: Describe the research question(s) and methodology. Include sampling, research design, measurements, and statistics.
  • Future Plans for Project: Describe the future steps for this project, including publications and grant applications. If awarded, all grantees are required to present their research at an IAMSE conference within 3 years.
  • Potential Impact¬†on health science education.
  • Project Timeline¬†(not to exceed 24 months).
  • Research Team: List all members of the research team and briefly describe their contributions to the project.

For Curriculum Innovation Grants:

  • Alignment with IAMSE Mission:¬†In a few sentences, please describe how your project aligns with the mission of IAMSE.
    Introduction/Background
    : Statement of problem and importance of proposed project/significance of need. Include the specific aim of the project.
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Description of the Innovation:¬†Please describe the proposed innovation.
  • Methods: Describe the methods that will be used to measure the effectiveness of the innovation. Include the population, and study design if applicable.
  • Future Plans for Project: Describe the future steps for this project, including further development, publications, grant applications. If awarded, all grantees are required to present their research at an IAMSE conference within 3 years.
  • Potential Impact¬†on target population, home institution, or beyond.
  • Project Timeline¬†(not to exceed 24 months).
  • Research Team: List all members of the research team and briefly describe their contributions to the project.

II. Budget and Justification (1 page): Include itemized costs and justification. Indirect costs are not allowed. Faculty salaries are not allowed. Note: The IAMSE Grants will cover up to $5,000 (USD) total. The PI of each funded project will be awarded an additional $1,500 travel award to present the results of their grant research at a future IAMSE conference; please do not include this award in your budget. Purchase of food or other incentives for subjects is permitted.  Publication costs are permitted up to $500.  

III. Biographical Sketches of PI and Co-PIs (up to 3 pages for each individual). Include relevant skills that demonstrate knowledge/skill in the area being proposed for study. Please provide CVs for all PIs on the grant.

IV. Letters of Support: Letters of Support (2-3 required) should be from Chairs, Program Directors or other Administrators, indicating approval of the grant and assurance that time and resources are available to ensure completion of the grant. Letters of support are to be submitted in PDF format with the proposal.

V. Plan for Dissemination: Include a statement of your intent to present your work at an IAMSE conference within 3 years of the award start date.

Review Process:

  1. Grants must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, January 15 to be considered for review and possible funding.
  2. The Educational Scholarship Committee will review the grant submissions, make a final decision, and present the grant awardee to the IAMSE Executive Board. Reviewers may not be authors of the proposals under consideration.
  3. Funding awards will be announced via email, and at the IAMSE annual conference.

Evaluation Criteria:

Grant applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. The project is relevant to the mission of IAMSE.
  2. The project includes a clear statement of project goals and objectives.
  3. Identified need.
  4. Methods and/or plan for innovation is appropriate to address the goals and objectives.
  5. The outcomes are measurable.
  6. The outcomes are likely to be applicable to others. (Educational Scholarship Grants only.)
  7. The project is feasible given the budget and resources.
  8. The timeline is realistic.
  9. The budget is appropriate for the project.
  10. The project is sustainable after the 2-year funding. (If funds are used to support faculty/staff, include a statement on sustainability of these resources after funding ends.)

Required Reports for Funded Projects: The Principal Investigator will be required to submit a report at the end of year 1 of the grant cycle (June) to the Educational Scholarship Committee, and a final report within 3 months of the end of the 2-year grant funding (September 15).

IRB Information: All funded projects must submit their IRB approval or exemption paperwork prior to the funds being released from IAMSE. If you are unable to get IRB approval at this time due to how your project is planned, please either:

  1. Submit for IRB approval and provide application and IRB response to IAMSE.
  2. Draft IRB application, contact IRB chair, and provide to IAMSE the application and a letter from IRB chair stating that they are working with you on a timeline for approval at a later date.

Questions:

All inquiries and communications should be addressed to:

IAMSE Support (support@iamse.org), International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)

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