Faculty Development and Diversity Grants

Are you a faculty member who seeks to further your professional development?
Are you interested in developing research, clinical, leadership, administrative, or advocacy skills?

Apply for a Faculty Development and Diversity Grant

The following conditions would make an application MORE likely to be favorably reviewed:

Applicant’s qualifications

  • The applicant is qualified and at the appropriate career stage to pursue the proposed opportunity
  • Ability to articulate how opportunity will enhance applicant’s strategic career objectives
  • A clear strategic career plan/roadmap
  • Has not received a faculty development and diversity grant in the previous two years

Clearly articulated, robust developmental network mentoring plan

  • The purpose of the FDD grant program is to support faculty career advancement. An integral component of career advancement is the ability to develop a rich developmental network, to effectively mentor, and to be mentored.
  • As part of the FDD grant, in order to complete the mentoring plan section, please read an article on developmental networks and complete a developmental network map.
  • Click here for an example of a mentoring plan.

Institutional benefits

  • Clear description of how the program will enhance institution (more important for senior faculty)

Section support demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Relief from clinical, educational or administrative duties, i.e. “in kind” support
  • Subsidizing of training opportunity, i.e. financial support – typically ~half of the grant (in addition to the funds provided to faculty as discretionary/GME account)
  • Unless otherwise discussed with your section chief, a letter of support does not reduce the RVU expectations for your clinical effort

Craft of the application

  • Junior faculty are encouraged to review the application with section chief or with mentor(s)

Training quality

  • Evidence that the educational opportunity is of high quality
  • Training program takes place after the application deadline

No other funding resources available

  • No other resources are available within the institution to achieve the objectives, such as existing grants, start up packages, etc

Represents a modest amount of monetary support required

  • Although there are exceptions, the FDGs typically fund proposals that are $1500 to $4000.  Proposals that are too financially resource intensive (translation: expensive) severely curtail this program’s ability to benefit a larger number of faculty
  • Programs with larger budgets are typically funded by the Dean or Department Chair

Projects beyond the scope of the Faculty Development Program:

  • Direct research activities (other DOM programs available)
  • Sabbaticals
  • Salary support
  • Professional society meetings (e.g. SGIM, AHA)
  • Review courses or application fees for board certification

Sample application (BU community only)


ALL faculty members in the Department of Medicine are invited to apply for Faculty Development Grants

For questions, contact Robina Bhasin at rbhasin@bu.edu or at 617-358-3515

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