AMEE Research Grants - AMEE

AMEE Research Grant 

We are now closed for pre-proposal submissions for the AMEE Research Grant. We will open for new submissions in September 2024.

The AMEE Research Grants programme recognises the importance of research in health professions education and aims to promote excellence in research among AMEE members. Open to current paid AMEE Individual members, either the Principal, or one of the Associate Investigators of the research project, must hold an AMEE Individual membership.  This grant is not available for student members.
 
The grants provide financial support of up to £10,000 for educational research projects, with the aim of promoting scholarship in healthcare professions education.

The Award

The grant is an award of up to £10,000 intended to provide additional support for projects in the field of health professions education. This funding may be used to cover expenses incurred in the course of conducting research such as standardised patient fees, incentives for study participants, transcription fees, salary support for a research assistant and meetings of the research group. It cannot be used to provide salary support for the core team, equipment, travel (other than research group meetings), or institutional overhead costs. 

Timeline

The application process follows the timeline below: 

19 January 2024 (Midnight, UK Time): Closing date for pre-proposal applications. 

08 March 2024: Pre-Proposal applicants notified of the decision and if successful will be requested to complete a full proposal. 

12 April 2024 (Midnight, UK Time): Closing date for full-proposal applications. 

May 2024: Full-proposal applicants informed of the results of the review process. 

30 May 2025: Research update to be submitted to [email protected] 

August/September 2027: Paper to be presented at an AMEE conference within 3 years of receipt of funding. 

How to Apply

To apply for a Research Grant, you need to submit a pre-proposal outlining your project. To do this, please complete the following application form before the deadline of 19 January 2024 (Midnight, UK Time).   Grant applications will open again in September 2024.
 

The pre-proposal application form includes: 

  • Title of your proposal 
  •  Details of the Principal investigator and any Associated Investigators 
  • Proposed start and end date (max. 1 year) 
  •  Summary of the project (max. 1000 words) including a problem statement/topic/issue/relevance, conceptual framework/theoretical framework, research question(s) and description of proposed design and methods (at least 1/3 of your summary should address this area) 
  • Budget and Justification 
  • References 

 Applicants will be informed of the decision on their pre-proposal by 29 February 2024, and if selected will be invited to submit a full proposal by 5 April 2024.  If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] 

Selection Criteria and Review Process

The grant review consists of two levels. Your pre-proposal is initially reviewed by the AMEE Research Committee (Research Grants Team) who decide whether it is suitable for funding through AMEE. If successful, you will be invited to submit a full proposal. The second level review then looks closely at your full proposal, based on the criteria below. Please be aware that feedback will only be provided to author(s) who are invited to submit a full proposal.

Proposals are assessed on the basis of: 
• Theoretical importance 
• Innovation 
• A clear problem statement (how the problem will be addressed), and research question 
• The rigor of methodological approach 
• Practical and theoretical significance 
• Publication suitability (i.e. to what extent will the outcomes of the project result in a publishable report in a peer reviewed scientific journal?) 
• Ethical value (please outline the ethical consent requirements and process of the study context, and how the team will address these) 
• Feasibility within the 1-year time frame for completion 
• The expertise and relevant research experience of the project team (i.e. expertise of the team in the area of investigation, and appropriate disciplines of the research team).  
• A realistic plan for results (to include required presentation at AMEE meeting and likelihood of publishing findings in medical education literature) 
• The style of writing and clarity of the proposal 
 
Successful applicants of the AMEE Research Grant will be required to present their research at the AMEE 2026 or AMEE 2027 conference. If you are successful, it is your own responsibility to submit an abstract for the appropriate conference session and to advise the Conferences Team at[email protected]that you have submitted. Failure to do so may result in you being asked to repay your grant award.   

Examples of Funded Projects

Previous projects funded by AMEE Research Grants were:  

2021 – The role of the healthcare team in medical trainees’ learning to collaborate – a follow-up study – Renee E. Stalmeijer, Maastricht Universtiy, School of Health Professions Education 
2020 – Strategic integration of sustainable healthcare education into health professional curricula – Claire Palermo, Monash University, Australia   
2019 – Exploring Perceptions of Self-Disclosure in Medical Education – Javeed Sukhera, Western University, Canada 
2018 – Neuroeducation Mechanisms of Psychosocial Contexts on Team-Based Learning – Kent Hecker University of Calgary, Canada  
2018 – Training for transfer: The impact of context variation during ultrasound-simulation training on clinical performance – Vilma Johnsson, Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark 
2017 – ‘Unravelling stakeholders’ discourses of selection for medical study and the emotions involved – Anouk Wouters, VUmc School of Medical Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
2017 – ‘Learner Handover: How does it influence assessment? – Susan Humphrey-Murto, University of Ottawa, Canada 

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