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The AMEE Research Committee is pleased to invite you to submit a proposal for the AMEE Grant for Medical Educators working in Resource Constrained Settings (MERCS grant)

The deadline for submissions is 14 June 2022

AMEE, an international organization, seeks to promote scholarship and research in Health Professions Education (HPE), advance knowledge and best practices, and build a global community of HPE scholars. 

The inaugural AMEE Grant for Medical Educators working in Resource Constrained Settings (MERCS grant) was awarded in 2017. The MERCS grant aims to provide financial support to create opportunities for educational research among HPE scholars working in emerging, disadvantaged, and/or resource-constrained settings. These may include regions where there is ongoing conflict, migration, poverty, and insufficient access to basic health care and services, and/or contexts with limited resources. Eligible institutions are from countries that according to the United Nations are classified as ‘economies in transition and developing economies’.

Areas appropriate for health professions education research could include, but are not exclusive to, teaching and learning in all settings and scenarios (e.g. classroom, simulation, clinical context), assessment of learning (e.g. process, outcomes), curriculum development (e.g. new courses, new educational strategies, new programs) and evaluation, student selection, planning and implementation, structures and processes (e.g. local, national, and international institutions), mentoring and faculty development, student wellness and support (including of community and of diversity), and leadership.
The Research Committee is mindful of the variable research capacity which is available in the targeted contexts. In order to assist the winner of this award to achieve the best outcomes and facilitate the greatest impact of the work in their local context but also more broadly, the following will be included for use at the request of the winner:

  • A research mentor from the discipline in which the work is envisaged
  • Access to the full set of AMEE research guides
  • Access to an online version of the Research Essential Skills in Medical Education (RESME) course offered by AMEE
  • The ability to participate in an AMEE conference through the online streaming facility (AMEELive). This will not include the registration or other costs associated with in-person attendance at the conference

The grant is for up to 2,000 GBP (no facilities and administration fee).

This amount may be given to one single applicant, or divided across several applicants.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission in August 2022.

How to submit

Proposals should include:

  • Principal and associate investigators, institutions, addresses and areas of research expertise. Submissions must be from groups/teams (whether existing or formed for the purposes of the proposed project).  Applications which do not fulfil these criteria will not be reviewed.
  • The applicant and the team should prepare a brief narrative describing their current position within the community of practice within HPE in their country and the extent to which the work in this grant will develop that community further. (maximum 750 words)
  • Proposed start and end date (maximum 2 years)
  • Scientific summary where the significance of the project is explained (maximum 200 words)
  • An outline of the project (maximum 1000 words), including:

a. Problem statement/topic/issue/relevance;
b. Conceptual framework/theoretical framework;
c. Research question(s);
d. Description of proposed design and methods (at least 1/3 of your summary should address this area)

  • Dissemination and Implementation Plan (maximum 200 words)

This may include the following:

  • Publication and presentation in local, national and international forums
  • The building of local or national networks through the outcomes of this project
  • Development of communities of practice within the local institution and the national context – both real time and virtual
  • Specific ways in which the research may impact medical education locally or more broadly.
  • Budget and Justification (max 200 words)
  • Specific rationale for why the study will be of interest to people outside the institution where it will be been conducted (maximum 200 words)
  • Each section should include a word count.  Applications which go over the word count will not be reviewed.

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Relevance and clear goals related to health professions education and linked to specific gains for learners, faculty and/or patients.
  • The extent to which it builds on the work of others (literature and theory) and demonstrates current knowledge of the field.
  • Appropriate methods (data collection, instruments).  To what extent is the proposed project feasible?
  • How and to what extent will effective communication of the project and its results be accomplished (dissemination)?
  • Potential for national or international impact (research) in addition to local relevance.
  • Potential to further develop the community of practice within health professions education in the applicants’ local/national setting

Apply for MERCS Grant


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