Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education

SACME Research Grants

Grant projects:

Phil R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Medical Education

Call for Letters of Intent

This grant is made in the name of Phil R. Manning, MD, Paul Ingalls Hoagland Hastings Professor of Continuing Medical Education and Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Dr. Manning is founding president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, formerly the Society of Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education. He has been a governor, regent, and vice president of the American College of Physicians and serves on several educational committees of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Manning is co-editor of Medicine: Preserving the Passion in the 21st Century and author of many peer-reviewed publications.

Phil R. Manning Research Award: The Research Committee of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) requests Letters of Intent for original research related to physician lifelong learning within the domain of assessment and/or competency-based CME/CPD.

Proposals will not be restricted to any methodological approach.   The finished work must be appropriate for publication in a health professions education journal (e.g. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions) or equivalent peer reviewed journal and for presentation at a future SACME meeting (Phil R. Manning Research Award Plenary).

Funding: A grant will be awarded up to $50,000 over two years; for example, the awardee may receive $21,000 in year one and $29,000 in year two.  The next grant award decision will be made by the end of April 2015 and funds will be available to the awardee June 2015.  

Award process: Following review of Letters of Intent by the Research Committee, selected projects will be notified December 05, 2014 regarding submission of full-proposals (due March 6, 2015). Funding decisions will be announced at the SACME Spring Meeting in April 2015.
Deadline: Letters of Intent must be received no later than November 7, 2014 

Eligibility: Awards may be made to researchers interested in advancing CME/CPD research.

Review criteria: Clarity of research question, contribution to CME/CPD, fit of research design and methods to the research question, and experience/qualifications of research team for undertaking the research.

Format of the Letter of Intent: The Letter of Intent must be no longer than two pages, single spaced, 12 pt font. It should include a clear statement of the problem and how the research specifically addresses the issue/advances CME/CPD; the scope of the project; a research question; the methodology to be employed in addressing the research question and a brief indication of the qualifications and role of (each) investigator(s). Budgets and curriculum vitae are not required for LOI submission.

Address: Completed LOIs should be submitted electronically to:
Please submit the Letter of Intent using Microsoft Word. If you cannot use Microsoft Word, submit the Letter of Intent as a PDF file or in "rich text format" (.rtf).

Questions: Questions regarding Letter of Intent should be directed to:

Tanya Horsley, PhD
Chair, SACME Research Committee
(613) 730 6271

Tanya Horsley, PhD
Associate Director, Research Unit

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education
Request for Proposals for
Research Support Grants

Call for Proposals

SACME is pleased to invite researchers to submit proposals for innovative pilot or preliminary investigations that focus on one of the following areas:

A. CME/CPD research that engage patients or the public 

B. Integration of research into CME/CPD practice 

C. Balancing the individual and the team in practice-based learning

In developing its research agenda, SACME has identified these topics as areas of significant concern to CPD/CME professionals. Each study would be expected to result in:

  • Enhancement of CME/CPD practice

  • An innovative practical product, e.g., evaluation template, or other tool

  • Recommendations on the feasibility of a larger study of the topic

  • Presentation at national meeting for CME/CPD professionals, and submission for publication to the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions or other equivalent journal.

It is anticipated that dissemination, adoption and further evaluation of the results of the studies will help increase the awareness and participation in practice-based inquiry. Three grants of $10,000 will be awarded; funding will be made available in May 2013, and the project should be completed within three to six months of this date. The funding for this project has been made possible by a grant from Pfizer Medical Education Group to SACME to support its research agenda.

Timelines: Proposals are required by Monday, April 1, 2013. Following a peer review process, the grant award decisions will be made and communicated by May 1, 2013 and funds will be available to the awardee end of May.  It is anticipated that the funded projects be completed in four to six months. Timeline and milestones must be identified at time of proposal submission.

Eligibility: Awards may be made to members of LCME-accredited organizations, AOA-accredited organizations, NCQA-accredited organizations, medical specialty societies, The Society for Academic CME, the Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and others who are interested in advancing CME/CPD research, and have experience in CME/CPD. We will accept submissions from both novice and experienced investigators for these seed grants. To improve the likelihood of a successful grant, novice investigators must provide the name of an established researcher who has agreed to provide mentorship.

Format of the Proposal: The proposal must be no longer than five single-spaced pages. It should include:

  • A statement of the problem, research question and/or purpose of the investigation

  • Background data to explain this problem, with relevant literature review (maximum 10 citations)

  • An explanation of the method used to conduct the study, including data collection and analysis methods

  • A Budget to include no more than 10% indirects

In addition, please provide

  • Biosketch(s) outlining the experience and qualifications of the investigator(s)

  • A letter from an established researcher showing their agreement to provide mentorship

  • Full CVs are not required

Review criteria:

  • Relevance to the specific topic

  • Demonstration of a need or gap

  • Clarity and appropriateness of method/s used for data collection and analysis, including evaluation model as necessary

  • Clarity of discussion of results and conclusions

  • Implications for practice and for further research

Address: Completed proposals should be submitted electronically to: Strategic Affairs Work Group c/o Jim Ranieri, Executive Secretariat, SACME.

Please submit the Letter of Intent using Microsoft Word. If you cannot use Microsoft Word, submit the Letter of Intent as a PDF file.

Questions: Questions regarding these proposals for seed grants should be directed to:

Strategic Affairs Work Group
c/o Jim Ranieri, Executive Secretariat

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