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MERCS Grant

Research Grants for

Medical Educators in Resource Constrained Settings (MERCS Grant)

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 March 30 2018.


AMEE, an international organisation, seeks to promote scholarship and research in medical education, advance knowledge and best practices and build a global community of scholars. 

The inaugural AMEE Grant for Medical Educators working in Resource Constrained Settings (MERCS grant) was awarded in 2017. MERCS aims to provide financial support to create opportunities for educational research projects among medical educators 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 service, and/or contexts with limited resources for medical education. Eligible institutions are from countries that according to the United Nations are classified as ‘economies in transition and developing economies’.

By research in medical education, we mean a disciplined approach to inquiry that builds upon and refers to the work of others in the field of study, is available and widely disseminated to the public, is reviewed critically by peers and is adopted and adapted by others to inform and guide related work.  Areas appropriate for medical education research could include, but are not exclusive to, teaching and learning in all settings and scenarios, assessment of learning, curriculum development and planning, mentoring and faculty development, evaluation of curricula and institutions, and leadership.

The grant is for 2,000 GBP.

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 June 2018.

Proposals should include:

  • Principal and associate investigators, institutions, addresses, areas of research expertise.  Note that at least one applicant must be a member of AMEE.  Submissions which do not fulfil this criteria will not be reviewed.
  • Submissions must be from groups/teams (whether existing or formed for the purposes of the proposed project).  Those submitted by one investigator working in isolation will not be reviewed.
  • Proposed start and end date (max. 2 years)
  • Scientific summary where the significance of the project is explained (max 200 words)
  • An outline of the project (max 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 Plan (200 words)
  • Budget and Justification (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 healthcare/health professions education and linked to immediate gains for learners, faculty and/or patients.
  • The extent to which it is based on 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 and about the project and its results be accomplished (dissemination)?
  • Potential for national or international impact as well as locally relevance.

How to submit

Download the MERCS Grant Application Form and submit to [email protected] by no later than 30 March 2018

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