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

Funds available
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
  • Transcription services

Evaluation criteria
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.

Each year’s grantees will form a learning community that will meet every two months from September through June to provide peer mentoring.

All awardees must submit a final report twelve months after activation of the grant.

Past Education Pilot Grants
For past education pilot grants, please click here.


Education Pilot Grant

Applications are due on May 1st for projects starting between July 1 and October 1, 2018. You cannot save your responses and return to this form, so you may want to compose text in a Word document and paste it below.
  • What is the question you are attempting to answer? Why is it important?
  • What is novel about your project? Why should funding it be a priority?
  • Have you done a literature search to see if others have published similar work? What data have you collected already? What does the literature say about your research question? Do you have the necessary skills to complete the work? Have you met with the appropriate stakeholders/ partners at BUMC to ensure your project is feasible?
  • What will you do to obtain the information required to answer the research question? If you will be working with other investigators, please indicate who will perform which aspect of the work.
  • Please describe the evaluation framework you will use to measure the effectiveness of your intervention.
  • What outcomes do you anticipate from the successful completion of your project?
  • What scholarly products will result this project? Please review MedEd Portal guidelines ( For list of places to publish educational scholarship, please see If you are planning a workshop, please specify the meetings to which you plan to submit.
  • Please describe the phases of the project, and the milestones you will accomplish on your project from July 2018 - June, 2019, including preparing publications for MedEd Portal and journal submissions.
  • How does this project fit within the context of education at BUSM/BMC? Can it be scaled up to be applied beyond BUMC (if appropriate)? How can it be sustained beyond the period of grant support?
  • Who will guide you in conducting the research? What support will you have to overcome unanticipated challenges? Who will mentor you in the evaluation of your project and dissemination of scholarship?
  • How will the successful completion of this project advance your career?
  • How much money will be necessary to complete your project? How will you spend the funds?
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.


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