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AMEE is an international organisation that seeks to promote scholarship in healthcare professions education to advance knowledge and best practices in education as well as to build a community of scholars working in the field. AMEE has introduced a programme to provide financial support up to £10,000 (no facilities and administration fee) for educational research projects.

The AMEE Research Grant Award is only open to current paid AMEE Individual and Student Members (either the Principal or one of the Associate Investigators must hold an AMEE membership).

The AMEE Research Grants programme recognises the importance of research in health professions education and will serve as a catalyst to promote excellence in research among AMEE members. The receipt of a grant award will recognise the work of an individual or group both locally and internationally.


Information requested on the pre-proposal application form includes:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. Principal investigator institution, address, contact details
  3. Proposed start and end date (max. 1 year)
  4. Summary (1000 words total), 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)
  5. Budget and Justification

Applicants for the 2021 round of awards will be informed of the decision on their proposal by 10 February 2022 and those invited to submit a full proposal will be requested to do so by 10 April 2022.


Full Proposal

Those invited to submit a full proposal for the 2021 grants will be sent an application form to be completed and returned by 10 April 2022.

The full proposal application form will request the following information:

  1. Title of proposal
  2. Principal investigator institution, address, contact details
  3. Expected deliverable
  4. Summary of proposed project (250-500 words)
  5. Associate Investigtors names, institutions and addresses
  6. Proposed start and end date (not to exceed 1 year duration)
  7. Funding
  8. Recommended reviewers (max 4)
  9. Detailed proposal (not to exceed 2500 words): a. background(problem statement/topic/issues of concern and relevance); b. theoretical or conceptual framework; c. hypothesis/research questions; d. study methods/research design; e. practical and theoretical significance of topic; f. literature review; g. references(up to 10); h. budget (budget and relevant references are not to be included in the 2500 word limit)
  10. Brief CV for principal and associate investigators, as applicable (not to exceed more than one half page per author and to include degree(s), positions, and relevant publications to the proposal being considered)


  1. Review the Selection Criteria for grants
  2. Review “tips” for each section below

Detailed proposal (2500 word limit)

Background (Problem statement/Topic/Issues of concern and relevance)

  • To what extent is there a scientific problem that is addressed in the research?
  • To what extent does the research add to our current knowledge in the field?
  • How does it add to the discourse in the scientific field?
  • Is the knowledge gained by the research locally relevant only or is it useful for the wider scientific community?

Theoretical or conceptual framework

  • Is it either a project aimed at testing newly developed theories, re-testing established theories or aimed at developing new theories?
  • Appropriate review of relevant research literature and theoretical or conceptual frameworks?

Hypothesis/research questions

  • Is there a clearly defined and researchable research question(s) and/or hypothesis?

Study methods/research design

  • Are the data collection and analysis methodology demonstrable the ones most suited to answer the research questions?

Practical and theoretical relevance

  • Is the project innovative, out-of-the-box, and/or challenging existing ideas?

Budget (not included in the 2500 word count)

  • Are the time frame, the costs, the infrastructure reasonable?
  • Is it safe to assume that the project will be finished on time and within budget?

Selection Criteria and Review Process

The grant review will entail two levels. For first level review, the committee will decide whether the pre-proposal is suitable or not suitable for funding through AMEE. Second level review will entail reviewing invited full proposals, prioritizing the proposals, based on the criteria below. Feedback will only be provided to author(s) who are invited to submit a full proposal.

Proposals will be assessed on the basis of:

  1. Theoretical importance
  2. Innovative
  3. Clear problem statement (how the problem will be addressed), and research question
  4. Rigor of methodological approach
  5. Practical and theoretical significance
  6. Publishable (i.e. to what extent will the outcomes of the project result in a publishable report in a peer reviewed scientific journal?)
  7. Ethical value (please outline the ethical consent requirements and process of the study context, and how the team will address these)
  8. Feasibility on 1 year time frame for completion
  9. Project team has demonstrated sufficient expertise/relevant research (i.e. expertise of the team in the area of investigation and appropriate disciplines of the research team). Priority will be given to the following: a) team of both new and established researchers and b) research team from multiple countries (as appropriate for the research questions)
  10. Realistic plan for results (to include required presentation at AMEE meeting and likelihood of publishing findings in medical education literature)
  11. Style of writing and clarity of the proposal

Funding decisions are planned to be announced in early June 2022. Successful applicants will be invited to present the results of their study at the AMEE Conference (within 3 years of receipt of funding). Free registration will be offered to the named present but will be expected to fund their own travel and accommodation costs.

Use of funds

The grants are intended to augment support for projects of up to £10,000. Specifically, funding may be used for 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, computer or other equipment, travel (other than meetings of the research group), or institutional overhead costs.

Deadline Dates

9th November 2021: Call for pre-proposal submissions
30th November 2021: Closing Date for pre-proposal submissions
10th February 2022: Submitters notified of decision and if successful will be requested to complete a full proposal
10th April 2022: Closing date for full proposal applications
7 June 2022: Full proposal submitters informed of results of review process
7 June 2023: Research reports to be submitted
August/September 2025: Paper to be presented at AMEE conference within 3 years of receipt of funding

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