The Academy of Educators and the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU) of the Washington University School of Medicine accept proposals for grant funding for education research and scholarship projects. Projects must be focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning, rather than biomedical discovery or application. Proposals may originate from any unit within the School of Medicine. Any questions about the appropriateness of a proposal can be directed to MERU.

Grants of up to $5000 will be awarded based on a competitive review process. Please reference the application requirements, and limit to 4 pages inclusive of references. The submission form is below.

Applications should include the following:

  1. Names and information about the principal investigator and co-investigators. The PI must be a faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine.
  2. A project plan that includes:
    • Goals (specific aims/ objectives/ research question to be addressed; project addresses a problem of importance in health professions and/or science education).
    • Background on need for this project (understanding of existing literature; literature is linked to the project).
    • Methods (methods are appropriate [including, for example: sampling plan, data collection, data analysis for curriculum development or research on teaching or learning; validity evidence for assessment tools; search strategy, data extraction, and data synthesis plans for a systematic review of the literature]; methods are clearly explained).
    • Anticipate results and outcomes (results to be obtained are clearly stated; outcomes are appropriate to the project; evaluation plan will make it possible to determine if outcomes have been achieved).
    • Plans for dissemination and sustainability (proposal includes a plan to share results; project is sustainable or will remain relevant after the funding period).
    • Plans for reflective critique (explain how you will review your data and progress to determine needed adjustments to your plan and lessons learned for future work).
    • Timeline (should be stated and realistic); funding period is 1 year unless a longer period is justified.
    • If multiple investigators are involved, please clarify the role and contribution of each, including any mentoring relationships.
    • If the proposal is a resubmission of a proposal from a prior cycle, please include a 1 page description of your responses to reviewer comments and the changes you made in response to reviewer comments.
  3. Budget and justification (should be stated and realistic) (allowable expenses include materials [including software], equipment, research assistant time, transcription, statistical consultation, printing or other preparation for presentation; travel allowed up to $1000; and no faculty FTE  are allowable).
  4. Reference citations – included in page limit.
  5. Optional letters of support (maximum 2) – not included in page limit.

The following must be completed before submitting a proposal:

  1. View the recording of the 9.11.23 How to Write an Education Scholarship Grant workshop
  2. View the recording of the 10.5.23 How to Write a Budget workshop
  3. Schedule and complete a consultation with the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU), by following the link HERE.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Academy members and MERU faculty, who will consider the following criteria:

  1. Responsiveness of the proposal to the guidelines above.
  2. Alignment with the criteria for scholarship (clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, meaningful results, dissemination, and reflective critique; see Glassick CE, 2000, Boyer’s Expanded Definitions of Scholarship, the Standards for Assessing Scholarship, and the Elusiveness of the Scholarship of Teaching, Academic Medicine).

MERU faculty will provide mentorship and constructive peer review at project initiation. Funded projects will give an update to MERU and the Small Grants Subcommittee of the Academy of Educators every 6 months.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, 11/6/24 at 11:59p

Eligibility: Faculty Member at Washington University at instructor level or higher

Questions: Contact Kaci Lally at For a consultation about writing your proposal, please contact the Medical Education Research Unit (MERU), by following the link HERE.

2023 – 2024

Tosin Adeyanju & Isaac Mayefsky, PIs: Teaching Pediatric Residents Coaching Skills- A Needs Assessment

Michael Awad, PI: How Surgeons Talk & Teach- A Linguistical Analysis of Operative Teaching

James Duncan, PI: Objectively Assessing Skill Acquisition with Ultrasound-Guided Procedures

Gayathri Krishnan, PI: Designing a Rigorous Program Evaluation of the Leadership Development Program for Women Trainees in Medicine for Scholarship and Dissemination

2022 – 2023

Rachel Bardowell, PI: Development of Faculty and Resident workshops for ultrasound guided peripheral IV placement

Carolyn McCourt, PI: A Multi-Modal Ultrasound Course for OB/Gyn Residents

Nandini Raghuraman, PI: Forceps curriculum and bedside simulation to increase OB/Gyn Resident operative delivery experience

2021 – 2022

Sara Greer, PI: Cognitive Load Type Measurement in High-Stakes Resuscitation in the Clinical Workplace: Validity for a Novel Assessment

Carey Holleran, PI: Feasibility and Perspectives on Entrustment Assessment in Facilitating Learning in DPT Clinical Education: A Pilot Study

Ilana Rosman, PI: Match Outcomes and Characteristics of Medical Students Performing Research Years in Dermatology

Katie Wolfe, PI: Team Function and Educational Culture in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

2020 – 2021

Steven B. Ambler, PI: Return on Investment in the Doctoral Health Professions: A Systemic Narrative Review

Amanda Emke and Sara Greer, PIs: Performance of an Expanded Cognitive Load Assessment Scales in Simulation

Lisa Zickuhr, PI: Development of and Validity Evidence for Tolls to Assess the Performance of Knee and Shoulder Arthrocentesis

2019 – 2020

Heather Jones, PI: Lupus and Sun Protection in Under-Represented Minorities