2013 Medical Education Research Seed Grant Program

Program Description
Eligibility
Evaluation Criteria
Budget
Application Deadline
Assurances
Review Process
Awards
Final Report
Engaging the Research Community
Application Form
Contact

Program Description

The Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) Medical Education Research Seed Grant Program is designed specifically to develop new, innovative, rigorous, and essential research in medical education. This seed grant program was developed in line with meeting the goals of the 2008-12 BSOM Strategic Plan of progressing to being "a preeminent community-based medical school that advances new models of academic excellence" through developing new and better ways of educating our students by fostering and advancing distinctive teaching and learning. By improving techniques, approaches, methodology and technology we can grow and continue new ways of educating students that can be then shared beyond Wright State University and our immediate community.

Projects are funded for one (1) year with a maximum funding of $5,000. Departmental matching support is encouraged.

Medical Education Research Seed Grants may fund statistical consulting,data collection and processing, non-major pieces of equipment and supplies, staff salaries or student support, and limited project essential travel. Medical Education Research Seed Grants do not fund existing or non-innovative research.

Medical Education Research Seed Grant proposals are peer-reviewed by the BSOM Research Committee. Evaluation criteria include the strength of the research plan and the potential for engagement with the medical education community at WSU and beyond.

Successful projects that demonstrate a potential for future external funding in medical education research may qualify for subsequent submission to the Emerging Science Seed Grant Program.

Eligibility

All BSOM fully affiliated faculty who are directly employed by Wright State University and who have not had BSOM internal grant funding during the previous two years are invited to submit proposals as principal investigators.

The applicant's department chair must endorse the proposal. The endorsement indicates that the chair is supportive of the project and the faculty's effort on the project if the project is funded.

Evaluation Criteria

Medical Education Research Seed Grant proposals will be evaluated using criteria based on the NIH Enhanced Review Criteria implemented in 2009. Modifications have been made to fit the scale of the BSOM's internal seed grant programs. Reviewers will evaluate proposals using a 9-point scoring system similar to that used by NIH. A proposal's overall impact score will take into consideration, but not be a numerical average of, individual scores for the specific criteria listed below.

Overall Impact

Will the project yield new, innovative or field-essential outcomes that advance the research or approach in Medical Education?

Core Scientific Criteria

Significance

Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in its field? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will medical education theory and practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?

Innovation

Does the project challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms? Does it utilize novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the innovations novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Does the project propose refinements, improvements, or new applications of current practices in its field? Does the project reflect truly new work by the investigator, or does it seek operating funds for ongoing projects?

Approach

Is the project organized according to a clearly defined hypothesis with feasible specific aims? Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? How will particularly risky aspects be managed?

Investigator(s)

Are the key personnel (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator(s), collaborators, and other researchers) well suited to the project? Do collaborations bring various and complementary disciplines to the project? If a new investigator, does the PI have appropriate experience and training to conduct the project? Does the PI have an ongoing record of scholarly productivity?

Environment

Will the teaching/learning environment in which the work is done contribute to the probability of success? Are the departmental support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the teaching/learning environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?

Additional Project Criteria

Time Feasibility

Can the project be completed in a one-year period? Is it likely to achieve meaningful results in that period?

Potential for Engaging the Education Community

Is the significance of this project likely to engage the medical education community? What is the plan for disseminating results (i.e. publications and conferences)? Does the investigator have a successful record of scholarly production?

Project Budget

Projects are funded for one (1) year and have a maximum award of $5,000. University policy and procedures, based on federal and state regulations, define allowable project costs. Allowable cost include statistical consulting,data collection and processing, non-major pieces of equipment and supplies, staff salaries or student support, and limited project essential travel.

Grant funds cannot be used to support faculty salaries or to purchase computers, major items of equipment, or equipment maintenance contracts. These costs are appropriate for departmental support.

The Research Committee encourages departments to cost-share, especially if requesting equipment. Documentation of cost-sharing will strengthen the budget justification of a proposal.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on February 1, 2013, in the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Office of Research Affairs located in Room 160 Biological Sciences Building. Download and explicitly follow the guidelines to fully complete all sections of the Medical Education Research Seed Grant application (MS Word). Submit the original and twelve (12) single-sided, unbound copies of the complete proposal package by the above deadline. Download a map to Research Affairs (PDF).

Assurances

Investigators should begin the institutional review process by the time the seed grant proposal is submitted.

Investigators using human subjects, animals, biohazards, radioactive materials or recombinant DNA must submit appropriate forms to Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP) 201J University Hall or to affiliated hospitals for institutional review. Call RSP (937-775-2425) for appropriate university forms, or download forms from the RSP website.

Investigators must provide the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Office of Research Affairs (Room 160 Biological Sciences Building) documentation of all institutional assurance approvals, or notices of pending protocol revisions, by 4 p.m. on April 1, 2013, to be eligible for funding consideration. Final assurance approval documentation must be received in the BSOM Office of Research Affairs no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2013.

FUNDS WILL NOT BE AWARDED IF FINAL ASSURANCE APPROVAL DOCUMENTATION IS NOT RECEIVED IN THE BSOM OFFICE OF RESEARCH AFFAIRS BY THE ABOVE DATE.

Review Process

The BSOM Research Committee will review and score the proposals. Recommendations will be made for the top ranked proposals and submitted to the BSOM Associate Dean for Research Affairs for final decision.

Awards

Announcements of awards will be made by June 7, 2013. Note: Funds will not be awarded if assurances are required for the project and final assurance approval documentation is not received in the BSOM Office of Research Affairs by 4:30 p.m. on June 1, 2013.

Any significant changes in the research plan or budget must receive prior approval by the BSOM Associate Dean for Research Affairs.

Project awards will have a start date of July 1, 2013, and should be completed within one year. A maximum six (6) month extension may be submitted for approval by the BSOM Associate Dean for Research Affairs prior to the award end date. Submit written requests for extension to the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Office of Research Affairs, Room 160 Biological Sciences Building.

Investigators are required to submit a proposal for external funding based on the work funded within twelve (12) months of the award end date. Confirmation of such submission(s) must be included in the final report or in a separate note to the BSOM Office of Research Affairs.

Final Report

To ensure future funding eligibility for BSOM internal grant programs, awardees are required to submit a final report within three (3) months of the award end date. Download and fully complete the Medical Education Research Seed Grant Final Report (MS Word). Submit the final report to the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Office of Research Affairs, Room 160 Biological Sciences Building.

Engaging the Research Community

Medical Education Research Seed Grant recipients will be invited to participate in the BSOM Central Research Forum through poster presentations and other means of sharing their work with students, colleagues, and potential collaborators.

Contact

If you have questions about the Medical Education Research Seed Grant Program or about using the application forms, contact Virginia Byrd, administrative assistant (virginia.byrd@wright.edu; 937-775-3018).