AACOM Research Grants

The 2023 Grant Application Cycle is now open.

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Available Awards

  • Up to $5,000 for single campus study or small collaborative study within single institution across multiple programs
  • Up to $10,000 for larger collaborative study across multiple institutions or multiple educational programs 


To provide topic-specific medical education research and institutional research grants.  While collaborative, multi-institution research studies are most appropriate for each year's topic areas, the grant could support a pilot study or serve as the basis for seeking matching funds at individual institutions.

Theme Examples

Please refer to the AACOM Strategic Plan 2020-2022 for greater detail on each theme below:

  • Osteopathic selection science
    Osteopathic selection science uses technology and data to leverage what we currently know, and to develop new knowledge in, identifying, recruiting, and selecting students and residents who will engage with osteopathic medicine and osteopathic medical education, demonstrate solid academic and clinical performance, and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide excellent patient care to all communities centered around the osteopathic principles.
  • Healthiest workforce
    Discover, develop and support evidence-based efforts to improve, sustain, and assess wellness in osteopathic medical students, residents, faculty, and leaders by embracing the use of osteopathic principles and practices (OPP) in self-care and reflection on one’s own wellness and helping others live well.
  • Qualified applicants
    Develop an applicant pool that is an increasingly large proportion, and an increasingly racially, ethnically, economically and gender diverse proportion of the pool of health professions applicants that have the capacity to fully engage with osteopathic medical education and demonstrate the aptitude and personal characteristics necessary to succeed in osteopathic medical school.
  • Trainee readiness
    The goal of undergraduate osteopathic medical education is to produce graduates that are prepared to succeed in graduate medical education and preferred by programs because of the quality of their training. Readiness for residency is difficult to measure and though competency-based training modules, entrustable professional activities and milestones exist, there is a need to rethink how to measure, remediate, and communicate the readiness of graduates, and lead in this effort to ensure COM graduates will succeed in GME.
  • Diversity in OME and culturally competent workforce
    Minimizing barriers throughout the student lifecycle (Prospective through Residency) by focusing on barriers found in students in diverse or under-represented groups such as availability of financial aid and reinforcing (IDEAL) inclusion, diversity, equity and leadership throughout the OME community. Producing a culturally competent workforce that meets all health care needs across the country will propel osteopathic medicine as the preferred option for medical care.
  • Data driven decision making
    Evaluating, supporting, investing in and facilitating the use of analytical tools to provide up-to-date data which empowers the osteopathic medical education community to make data driven decisions on programs, services, communications or initiatives for applicants, current students and residents. 
  • GME programs and graduate level training
    Safeguarding the stability and continuity of the nation’s medical residency training programs and increasing the availability of quality clinical experiences for undergraduate medical students in order to continue to produce the best possible osteopathic physicians. 
  • Osteopathic representation, voice and influence
    Develop and execute strategies to enhance and elevate the representation, voice, and influence of osteopathic medicine and osteopathic medical education with key external stakeholders and communities. 

Note:  Each grant will be for a period of 18 months and will not be renewable. Required project updates and a final project summary must be submitted to AACOM at intervals outlined in award letters.


Proposal must be submitted as an electronic Word (or PDF) document with margins of at least 1” on all sides.  The text portion of the application materials must be in 12 point, Times New Roman font, with 1.0 line spacing. The proposal and all the relevant support letters will be uploaded as one document (not to exceed 15 pages) in the application portal.


Primary Investigator must be affiliated with an AACOM member College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Proposal Document

Proposals must include:

A.    Proposal narrative for research proposals (three to five pages maximum, not including literature cited or biographical sketch):

a.      Specific research aims

b.      Background and significance

c.      Statement of specific research question

d.      Research design and methods

e.      SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-delimited) objectives
          Download How to Write Smart Objectives for effective writing tips.

f.       Plan for ‘publication’ of results (journal submission or AACOM Annual Meeting presentation proposal)

g.      Sustainability

h.      Literature cited

i.       Biographical sketch of principal investigator(s).

B.  Budget – Provide a budget justification detailing each budget line item.

  • Travel budget must clearly state how the travel directly relates to your proposed research and include a cost breakdown with destination and number of people.
  • Include only direct costs related to the research project.
  • Capital expenditures (including investigator or staff salaries), rent/utilities or any other indirect costs are not allowable.

Reminder: Research grants will be supported to the maximum amount of $5,000 for single educational program study or small collaborative study, or to the maximum amount of $10,000 for larger collaborative studies across educational programs.

Support Documents

  • Letter(s) of commitment from department chair(s) (and external collaborator(s) if relevant)
  • IRB approval, exemption or evidence of submission (from each institution involved in study)
  • Approval by osteopathic college or hospital research office (from each institution involved in study)

Selection Information

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) Fellows.

Priority will be given to projects that provide the potential for inter-institutional collaboration.  Proposals with specific, feasible strategies for continuing or sustaining the project/activity beyond the grant period will also be given preference.


Key Dates

Proposal Portal Opens
Early November

Proposal Portal Closes
January 31

Proposals Distributed for Review

Reviewers Return Proposals

Notification of Grant Award Status

Checks Sent 

Grant Work Begins 

Questions? Contact:
Grace Brannan