Partners Graduate Medical Education External Funding Opportunities

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Partners Graduate Medical Education

External Funding Opportunities
Partners Centers of Expertise has prepared this internal resource listing potential funding opportunities to support education-related research. The list is updated periodically. Please contact with any updates or corrections.
The following sites provide clearing houses of grant opportunities and can be searched by specific parameters.




Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Special research emphasis: in Career Development (K) Grants focused on Prevention and Healthcare Management of Complex Patients, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Research on Diagnostic Errors in Ambulatory Care Settings.

Center of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)

Warehouse of Federal programs available to State and local governments, private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. Broad range of grants including Medical Education, Science and Technology.

The Foundation Center

Provides instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, and library or training classes.

New science opportunities from private and public-sector organizations, including RSS feeds for research funding, as well as student and institutional support.

National Institutes of Health

Funds grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts that support the advancement of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems to meet the NIH mission of extending healthy life and reducing the burdens of illness and disability. Award grants specifically for research, as well as support for research-related activities, including: construction, training, career development, conferences, resource grants and more. 

National Science Foundation

Funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering through grants, and cooperative agreements with colleges, universities, school systems, businesses, and research organizations. NSF accounts for 1/4 of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

The following sites describe research and funding opportunities through private foundations. Terms of grant opportunities and submission deadlines vary and are updated directly on the sites.




Aetna Foundation

Contributions are made in the health field, specific inquiries should be made to (860) 273-0123. Awards granted to nonprofit organizations whose main mission is to enhance the quality of health care

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA provides small grants and training for researchers who conduct studies of education policy and practice using quantitative methods and including the analysis of data from the large-scale data sets sponsored by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Donaghue Medical Research Foundation

Exists to promote the advancement of medical knowledge of practical benefit to human life. Through the Clinical and Community Health Issues program, the Foundation funds clinical, behavioral and other health-related research projects that address the major medical conditions and social problems influencing the health of individuals, groups and communities.

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)

Supporting research for the evaluation of foreign academic credentials, promoting the integration of students, scholars and professionals holding non-U.S.. academic credentials into the United States, facilitating the publication and dissemination of the results of the research and encouraging the exchange of information about educational systems.

Institute on Medicine as a Profession

The Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation announced the continuation of the Education and Training to Professionalism Initiative. IMAP and the Macy Foundation will give five awards to support faculty-directed educational programs that address one or several of the critical components of medical professionalism. Grants will be provided for a two year period at $25,000 per year, beginning in July 2012. 
Request for Applications Proposals are due December 12, 2011.
Information on past grantees Contact Leah Aronowsky

Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation

Funding priorities: 1) improve medical and health professional education in the context of the changing health care system; 2) increase diversity among health care professionals; 3) demonstrate or encourage ways to increase teamwork between and among health care professionals; and 4) develop educational strategies to increase care for underserved populations.

Note: Education and Training to Professionalism Grant Program

NBME Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund

Goal: research/development of innovative assessment approaches to enhance evaluation in medical practice (preparation or continuing). Expected outcomes include advances in the theory, knowledge, or practice of assessment at any point along the continuum of medical education, from undergraduate and graduate education and training, through practice. Pilot and more comprehensive projects are both of interest. Collaborative investigations within or among institutions are eligible.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The

Goal: fund projects that have measurable impact and create meaningful, transformative change. Examples: health services research, service demonstrations, gathering and monitoring of health-related statistics, public education, training and fellowship programs, policy analysis, technical assistance, communications activities, evaluations.

Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME)

Grants awarded to educational programs that demonstrate potential to improve patient care and health outcomes.  Grantees: medical education programs, scientific conferences, development of health care publications, and other educational and scientific activities.  Also programs involving patient education and community-related activities, such as health fairs and screening programs. Grant proposals must identify specific projects or activities, or a series of programs that occur over a specified period of time for which funding is requested. 

Spencer Foundation, The

Funding for research projects that study education in the United States and abroad. Grants range in size and duration. The Relation between Education and Social Opportunity; Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Institutions; Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; and, Purposes and Values of Education.

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