Small Grants Program

The Academy of Educators, in collaboration with the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU), is pleased to announce the launch of the Small Grants Program. Grants will be awarded in the $3-5k range to support faculty who wish to create, implements and/or evaluate innovative medical education programs. Faculty from all programs and departments at the School of Medicine are encourage to apply. Proposals are due January 6, 2020. Awards will be made around February 1, 2020.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Names and information about the principal investigator and co-investigators. The principal investigator/ main applicant must be a faculty member in the Washington University School of Medicine.
  2. A project plan that includes:
    • Clear goals (specific aims/ objectives/ research question relevant to the project)
    • Background/ need for this educational research/ scholarship
    • Appropriate methods for the study or project (sampling plan, data collection, data analysis; curriculum development strategies with a clear evaluation plan; plans to develop an assessment tool and gather validity evidence; search strategy, data extraction, and data synthesis plans for a systematic review of the literature)
    • Anticipated meaningful outcomes
    • Plans for dissemination
    • Plans for reflective critique
    • Timeline
  3. Budget and justification (allowable expenses include materials (including software), equipment, research assistant time, transcription, statistical consultation, printing or other preparation for presentation; no faculty FTE and no travel costs are allowable)
  4. Reference citations
  5. Optional letters of support (maximum 2)

**Please note, all of the above must be submitted in a single PDF file with the complete proposal (4 page limit, plus references)

Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Academy members and MERU faculty, who will consider the following criteria:

  1. Relevance of the proposed project to health professions and/ or science education.
  2. Robustness of the plans to address the criteria for scholarship (clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, meaningful results, dissemination, and reflective critique; see Glassick CE, 2000, Boyer’s Expanded Definitions of Scholarship, the Standards for Assessing Scholarship, and the Elusiveness of the Scholarship of Teaching, Academic Medicine)
  3. Clear budget and justification

Submit Application

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2020 (midnight)

Eligibility: Faculty Member at Washington University at instructor level or higher

Questions: Contact Melody Cox at 314-273-7796 or