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2018 Research Grant Submission Portal

Proposals are due by February 9, 2018

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. 

Purpose

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.

Medical  Education Themes

  • Identification of best practices in the teaching / learning and assessment of the core competencies / Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs)
  • EPAs, milestones, and core competencies for transitioning learners and Single Accreditation 
  • Mentoring and counseling learners transitioning to residency
  • MSPE challenges and opportunities
  • Identification of best practices in the teaching / learning and assessment of student interprofessional competencies
  • Identification of the distinctive features of OME (e.g. training in the use of touch as part of osteopathic practice, etc)
  • Identification of faculty/preceptor development approaches that lead to positive change in student learning outcomes
  • Studies comparing the outcomes of student learning in inpatient and outpatient teaching / learning environments
  • Identification of strategies to encourage students to begin developing clinical reasoning/problem solving skills during their first two years of medical school
  • Identification of factors influencing diversity within undergraduate and graduate medical education
  • Impact of technology on student learning and assessment
  • Impact of interprofessional education on practice habits/ patient outcomes 

Institutional Research Themes

  • Analysis of factors that influence both specialty choice and choice of geographic setting for practice - beyond teaching / learning approach (to include SES and demographics of students)
  • Analysis of factors influencing selection of OGME vs ACGME
  • Analysis of institutional support factors influencing student success in med school
  • Analysis of institutional support factors influencing student success in post graduate training
  • Analysis of factors influencing student selection of medical school for attendance
  • Analysis of factors beyond the MCAT and undergrad GPA in predicting medical school success (for example - nature and quality of pre-requisites)
  • Identification of factors that might influence the success of volunteer preceptors
  • Analysis of the relationship between chronological order of clinical rotations and specialty choice 

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.

Format

Proposal must be submitted as an electronic Word (or PDF) document – no longer than three to five pages, 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. This document and the relevant support letters will be uploaded into the Proposal Form below.

Eligibility

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.       Relevant professional background 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)

Submit a Research Proposal

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.

Submit a Research Proposal

Questions? Contact:
Lynn Bragan


Assessment Rubric for Grant Submissions (pdf)

Grant Change Request Form (.dox)

2017-18 Grant Status Report

Navigating the AACOM Research Grants Application

 


Key Dates

Proposal Portal Opens
November 14, 2017

Proposal Portal Closes
February 9, 2018

Proposals Distributed for Review
Late February 2018

Reviewers Return Proposals
Early April 2018

Notification of Grant Award Status
Mid May 2018

Checks Sent 
Mid June 2018

Grant Work Begins 
July 1, 2018


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