Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education

SACME Research Grants

Current grant opportunity:

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

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