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Education Research Grant

Status: Open
Next Application Deadline: August 3, 2015 (Updated)

The following provides an overview of the SAEMF Education Research Grant. For complete instructions on applying, please see the detailed instructions. For submission instructions and SAEMF policies, visit How To Apply.  For answers to other common questions, visit our Grants FAQ page.    

All application components, including letters of support, must be submitted electronically in a single file (PDF format only) attached to an email to grants@saem.org. The subject line of the email should indicate the grant for which the applicant is applying (Education Research Grant). 

All applications must be received by 5 pm (Central time) on their due date.  No additional material (updates, publications, corrections, etc.) will be accepted after the application deadline.

Application Form

Applicants must use the most current version of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PHS 398 forms which can be downloaded at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html#forms. If there are questions regarding formatting, formatting which conforms to NIH guidelines will always be accepted.

The latest NIH biosketch format should be used.

Font type and size for the application should be Arial 11 point, including literature cited. Single line spacing is acceptable. Figures, charts, tables, and legends or captions may be in smaller size font but must be clear and legible.

Blank/plain paper can be used as needed in lieu of continuation pages or when no form is available. The margins must be top: 0.8, bottom: 0.5, left: 0.5, right: 0.5.

Purpose of the Award

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 provide support for a medical education research project.

EXPECTATIONS FOR THE EDUCATION RESEARCH GRANT

The education research project is expected to:
  1. Be novel, innovative, measurable and reproducible. Whenever possible and applicable, the project’s value should be compared to an existing “gold standard” educational measurement. If no clear “gold standard” exists, the measurement of its value should be an objective clinically or educationally relevant outcome. Projects may have qualitative and/or quantitative measurement components.
  2. Provide a product that can be used by educators within SAEM and emergency medicine.
  3. Be relevant to the practice of emergency medicine.
  4. Address teaching and education in emergency medicine. Examples include:
    • assessing competency at any level of medical education (Undergraduate Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education, Continuing Medical Education), including the Emergency Medicine Milestones of the American Board of Emergency Medicine
    • assessing cognitive processes, such as diagnostic reasoning
    • evaluating instructional methods
    • evaluating outcomes of educational programs, including faculty development programs
    • studying the education workforce and career satisfaction
    • studying novel job description models for an education scholar
    • evaluating inter-professional educational programs
    • exploring use of technology for teaching knowledge, skills, or cognitive processes
    • studying educational formats best suited to specific types of emergency medicine knowledge acquisition
    • providing evidence for best practices in simulation training

Duration of the Award

The award is for one year (July 1-June 30). 

Eligibility 


The Applicant (Project PI) 

The applicant must:
  1. Be a member of SAEM in good standing at application deadline and during the entire award period.
  2. Have an advanced/doctoral or terminal educational degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc or equivalent).
  3. Hold a university appointment (e.g., faculty, fellow, or similar) in or be actively involved (e.g., have an adjunct appointment) with a department or division of emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine. The applicant may work as a clinician at an institution other than the host institution or the institution at which the project will be conducted.
  4. Not have received an Education Research Grant previously.
  5. Indicate intention for a long-term plan for a career in emergency medicine education research and conducting projects that may lead to grant-funded educational research.
  6. Demonstrate a sustained interest in and commitment to emergency medicine education and an education career. This demonstrated commitment may include previous participation in educational activities related to emergency medicine or another field, peer-reviewed publications and presentations, educational research, or presentations of educational scholarly activity at scientific meetings, and local, regional, national and international activities focused on research and emergency medicine-focused education. Applicants will be judged and scored according to their expressed and demonstrated commitment to these areas. Greater consideration and potentially higher scores will be given to applicants who provide evidence of this commitment.
  7. Demonstrate evidence of involvement in SAEM activities and functions. Demonstrated involvement includes number of years as a member of SAEM and participation in SAEM activities and functions (e.g., SAEM presentations and committee membership). Applicants will be judged and scored according to their expressed and demonstrated commitment to SAEM. Greater consideration and potentially higher scores will be given to applicants who provide evidence of this commitment.

The Institution

The applicant’s host institution must:
  1. Provide adequate administrative and clerical support to the applicant and project, including, but not limited to, office space, administrative support, and information systems.
  2. Demonstrate a track record of involvement and commitment to medical education at local, state, and national levels. In the majority and ideal circumstances, the host institution should have an accredited emergency medicine residency program.
  3. Demonstrate the availability of faculty, resident and /or medical student teaching opportunities relevant to the project and applicant’s needs for the project.

THE FINANCIAL AWARD

The Education Research Grant will provide up to $10,000 for an applicant’s project, contingent on the availability of funds from the SAEMF. SAEMF grants are contingent upon the amount of available 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 endowment funds.

Funds from the grant may be used for salary and fringe benefits or direct costs related to the project. Indirect costs (i.e., facilities and administrative costs) and travel are not supported by this grant. No additional costs are supported by the SAEMF; any other costs are the responsibility of the applicant’s host institution.

The submission of detailed budgets and budget justifications for the use of funds for the grant are required as part of the application and again for award recipients during the reporting period of the award. Costs included in the Education Research Grant budget as provided by the SAEMF Education Research Grant should not exceed $10,000 per year. However, in addition to the funds from SAEMF, the budget justification should reflect all pending and active sources of funding relevant to the project.

Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the awardee to complete the term of the award shall result in the need to return residual funds to SAEMF.

For projects requiring the host institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent approval, funds will not be dispersed until IRB approval is obtained. Award extensions may be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee on a case-by-case basis .

PROGRESS REPORTS

A progress report is due on December 1 subsequent to the start of the grant period. The final project and financial report are due June 30th at the end of the grant period. The progress report template is available at Post Award.

DELIVERABLES

At the end of the grant award year (June 30th), the awardee is expected to provide SAEMF with a report outlining the work completed during the education research project. Successful project completion will be demonstrated by at least one of the following: (1) submission of an Innovations presentation (formerly Innovations in Emergency Medical Education); (2) a research abstract submitted to the SAEM or another national academic or education-focused meeting relevant to the project topic; or (3) a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed publication relevant to the project topic.

The awardee also is expected to attend the SAEM Annual Meeting during their award year, preferably presenting an education or research-based topic from their research.

GRANT REVIEW PROCESS

The SAEM Grants Committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications for this award, and will make recommendations to the SAEM Foundation Board of Trustees regarding candidate recipients. The committee uses a scoring system to judge and compare applications that considers the qualifications of the applicant, the research proposal, and the host institution. The committee judges applications with the goal of choosing awardees with the highest likelihood of successfully completing an innovative, high-impact education research project. An Education Research Grant will be awarded only if the committee and the SAEMF deems that an applicant worthy of receiving the award can be selected.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please contact grants@saem.org with any questions.
 


Updated June 3, 2015