AACOM Research Grants

AACOM's Grants Program includes awards for medical education research and institutional research. Institutional research is a broad category of work done at colleges (and across colleges within a profession) to inform decision-making and planning. Topics related to workforce issues—such as the implications of the expansion of osteopathic medical colleges, branch campuses, additional teaching sites, and class sizes—are of increasing interest.

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

Selection information

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of 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. 


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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment of the core competencies, Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and/or milestones
  • The residency match process and outcomes under the Single Accreditation System
  • Mentoring and counseling learners in the hand-off to residency
  • The impact of interprofessional education on practice habits and/or patient outcomes and identification of best practices in teaching, learning and assessment of student interprofessional competencies
  • Identification of the distinctive features of Osteopathic Medical Education (OME)
  • The feedback loop from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education, the MSPE, and other performance documentation challenges and opportunities
  • The impact of technology and/or analytics on teaching, learning, assessment and faculty development, especially in clinical areas

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.


Applicants must be educators at Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, including their OPTI programs.

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

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)
  • Institutional IRB support document or waiver (from each institution involved in study)
  • Approval by college or hospital research office (from each institution involved in study)

Selection Information

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of Osteopathic Medical Education Research Institute leaders and 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 December

Proposal Portal Closes
Early March

Proposals Distributed for Review

Reviewers Return Proposals

Notification of Grant Award Status

Checks Sent 
Late June

Grant Work Begins 
July 1

Questions? Contact:
Lynn Bragan