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Education Research Grant

Status: Closed
Next Application Deadline: August 1, 2015 (an updated RFP will be posted here June 2015)

The following is an overview of the education research award. For complete instructions on applying, please see the detailed instructions. For submission instructions, visit How To Apply 

 All applications must be submitted electronically to including letters of recommendation.  All applications must be received on the due date by 5pm Central Standard Time (6pm EST, 4pm MST, 3pm PST).  If electronic signatures are not available please submit the application and letters of recommendation electronically without signatures.  Applications must be in a single file (PDF format only) and attached to an email.  The subject line of the email should indicate the grant for which the applicant is applying.

Application Form

Purpose of the Award

The SAEMF Education Research Grant strives to foster education research in emergency medicine at 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 research project should be innovative and generalizable to educators within SAEMF.  The project outcome should be measurable, reproducible, and suitable for dissemination to the SAEM membership.  The outcome should be clinically relevant and, whenever possible, should be compared to an existing gold standard educational measurement. If no clear gold standard exists, emphasis should be placed on correlation of findings with an objective and clinically/educationally relevant outcome. Both qualitative and quantitative projects are encouraged.  

We specifically encourage innovative projects involving the practice of emergency medicine that:
  • assess competency at any level of medical education (UME, GME, CME), including Milestones 
  • assess cognitive processes, such as diagnostic reasoning 
  • evaluate instructional methods 
  • evaluate outcomes of educational programs, including faculty development programs 
  • study the education workforce and career satisfaction 
  • study novel job description models for an education scholar 
  • evaluate inter-professional educational programs 
  • explore use of technology for teaching knowledge, skills, or cognitive processes 
  • study educational formats best suited to specific types of EM knowledge acquisition 
  • provide evidence for best practices in simulation training

Special consideration will be given to applicants with a clearly articulated long-term plan for a career in EM education research and to projects that may lead to grant-funded educational research.

Duration of the Award

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


The Applicant (Project PI) 

The applicant must:
  1. Have an advanced degree (e.g., MD, DO, PhD, PharmD, DSc or equivalent); 
  2. Hold a university appointment in or be actively involved with a department or division of emergency medicine or pediatric emergency medicine. 
  3. Be an SAEM member during the award period. Faculty applicants who are two (2) or more years post-training must be an SAEM member for more than 12 months at the time of the application deadline in order to apply for the award. 
Previous Education Research Grant recipients are not eligible to receive this grant again.

The Institution

The institution must provide adequate administrative and clerical support for the project, including, but not limited to, office space, administrative support, and information systems. Ideally, there should be an accredited emergency medicine residency program at the host institution. The institution must demonstrate the availability of faculty, fellow, resident and /or medical student teaching opportunities for the project. The applicant may work clinically at an institution other than the institution at which the project will be conducted but must have an academic appointment at the named institution. 


The Education Research Grant will provide up to $10,000 (unless there is such a rare circumstance that no funds are available). Applicants must submit a detailed budget and budget justification. Funds may only be used for salary or direct costs related to the project.  Indirect costs and travel expenses will not be supported.  No additional costs will be supported by SAEMF; these costs are the responsibility of the sponsoring institution. Failure to meet the award guidelines or inability of the candidate to complete the term of the award shall result in the return of residual funds to SAEMF.  

For projects requiring IRB approval, funds will not be dispersed until IRB approval is successfully obtained.  Award extensions may be made at the discretion of the Grants Committee under certain circumstances. Award extensions will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

The number of awards granted annually will depend on the quality of applications and status of endowment funds.  SAEMF grants are contingent upon the amount of available funds from the SAEM Foundation. SAEMF may discontinue, postpone, or alternate grant funding mechanisms based on the amount of funds available.


A progress report is due at 5 months (December 1) from the start of the grant period. A final project report will be due at 11 months (June 1), and a final financial report will be due at the close of the grant. Report templates can be downloaded at Post Award.


At the end of the grant year, the applicant is expected to provide SAEMF with a portfolio outlining the work completed during the education research project.   Successful project completion will also 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 SAEMF or another national academic meeting; or (3) a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed publication.


The SAEM Grants Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the SAEM Board of Directors regarding recipients. A scoring system considering the qualifications of the applicant, the research proposal, and the institution is used with the goal of funding applicants with the highest likelihood of successfully completing an innovative, impactful education research project.  An Education Research Grant will be awarded only if a project is deemed suitable and worthy of the award.  


Please contact the Grants Committee Chair with any questions.

Updated February 18, 2014