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 for educational research projects.

The AMEE Research Grant Award is only open to current paid AMEE Individual and Student Members

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.

Pre-Proposal

The deadline for Submission of Applications for the 2016 Research Grant Awards has now passed.

Information requested on the pre-proposal application form includes:

Principal and associate investigators, institutions, addresses, areas of research expertise

  1. Proposed start and end date (max. 1 year)
  2. Title of proposal
  3. Summary (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)
  4. Budget and Justification

Applicants for the 2016 round of awards will be informed of the decision on their proposal by mid December 2016 and those invited to submit a full proposal will be requested to do so by 22 February 2017.

Applications should be submitted by Midnight, UK Time, 5 October 2016 Please ensure that you are a current AMEE Individual or Student member before submitting your application.

Full Proposal

Those invited to submit a full proposal for the 2016 grants will be sent an application form to be completed and returned by 22 February 2017.

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)

Tips

  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 (i.e. has ethical consent been sought from the nationally relevant bodies?)
  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 2017. 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.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted from 5th September for the 2016 Research Grant Awards - deadline for submissions is 5 October 2016.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application for the 2016 Research Grant Awards.  The deadline has now passed and no further applications can be accepted.

 

 

Deadline Dates

5 September 2016: Call for pre-proposal submissions
5 October 2016: Closing Date for pre-proposal submissions
Mid December 2016: Submitters notified of decision and if successful will be requested to complete a full proposal
22 February 2017: Closing date for full proposal applications
6 June 2017: Full proposal submitters informed of results of review process
6 June 2018: Research reports to be submitted
August/September 2020: Paper to be presented at AMEE conference within 3 years of receipt of funding

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