SACME Research Grants

Current grant opportunities: There are no current grant opportunities.  

The previous call is posted below for reference and is expected to open again in the fall of 2016.

Phil R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Medical Education (Closed november 7, 2014)

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: researchunit@royalcollege.ca and cc to info@sacme.org.
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

Phil Manning Research Award FAQs

1. Do I need to be a SACME member to apply for the Philip Manning Research Award?

No. Both members and non-members may apply for the grant. SACME seeks to fund high-quality research to advance the field of continuing medical education/professional development.

2. I do not reside in the United States or Canada, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Eligibility is not restricted to origin or location of the Principal Applicant or team. As with any grant, generalizability is an important component of the research and will be accounted for within assessments of each application.

3. The call indicates specific areas for research inquiry. Will applications outside of these domains be considered?

Yes. All submissions received by the Committee will be reviewed. Those that are aligned to our strategic call will be given greater consideration. As with any competition a number of complex decisions and factors will contribute to the final determinations.

4. From a process perspective, for the 2 pager what format is expected?

The submission is expected to be tailored by each team. However, the following basic guidelines are suggested: 12-pt font, single spaced, rationale, background, methods, outputs, relevance and short descriptions of the research team should be addressed.

5. I note that an expectation of the award is to present at a future SACME meeting. Does this mean the Principal Applicant would need to travel to a future meeting?

Yes. It is an expectation of the Research Committee that researchers would attend and present findings from their research at a future SACME meeting. It would be incumbent on the PI to include applicable monies within their budget to accommodate this expectation.

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