Education Pilot Grants
The Department of Medicine is awarding grants to fund research in education.
- The grants will facilitate career advancement of educators by promoting academic scholarship and dissemination;
- The grants will enhance educator vitality and retention by fostering role diversity and career mastery;
- The resulting research findings will enhance the training of medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, postdocs, or faculty at BUMC.
Clinician and scientist educators with primary faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine are eligible to request pilot funding for educational research once every two years. Teams are encouraged, including inter-disciplinary collaborations, as long as the principal investigator comes from the Department of Medicine.
Appropriate projects for funding include:
- Evaluation of pedagogical innovation
- Development of a curriculum
- Qualitative assessments of learning
- Integration of technology into teaching
- Test of mentoring models
- Assessment of educational needs
- Pilot work for educational studies
Department of Medicine may award up to $10,000 in funds per year. Applicants may request up to $6,000 per proposal. The funds may be applied to the cost of:
- Consultants (e.g. evaluators, statisticians, etc.)
- Supplies and small equipment
- Research assistants
- Compensation to research participants
The Faculty Development and Diversity Committee will serve as the review committee for determining awardees. The committee will consult non-committee experts as needed. Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:
- Robust plan and timeline for scholarly products and national dissemination (for example, workshops, MedEd Portal, and journal articles)
- Project innovation
- Contribution to applicant’s career advancement
- Adequate methods and expertise to achieve the stated goals
- Significant educational benefits for students, trainees or faculty in the Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and/or BU School of Medicine
- Potential for sustaining project following the year of grant support
The committee will provide written feedback to all applicants.
All education pilot grantees participate in the Education Pilot Grantee Writing Course. The program uses senior and peer mentoring to develop and enhance participants’ manuscript writing skills, improve writerly self-efficacy, and complete a manuscript for publication by the end of the course.
- Develop and improve skills to identify a publishable medical education intervention, conduct a literature review, create and use an evaluation framework to measure the intervention’s effectiveness, and effectively write a manuscript about an innovative medical education intervention.
- Complete a manuscript draft of education project funded by Education Pilot Grants.
- Enhance awareness of manuscript writing resources available at BUMC
- Enhance peer mentoring skills
Sessions take place from 4-5:30pm from September to June, approximately every two months. Each session includes 15 minutes of didactic content on writing best practices, 30 minutes of participants’ project updates/challenges, and 45 min of reviewing each other’s writing in small groups.
Past Education Pilot Grants
For past education pilot grants, please click here.