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SACME Research Grants

Phil R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Professional Development

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 was the founding president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, formerly the Society of Medical College Directors of Continuing Medical Education. He was a governor, regent, and vice president of the American College of Physicians and served on several educational committees of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Manning was co-editor of Medicine: Preserving the Passion in the 21st Century and authored many peer-reviewed publications.

Available Funding

The Manning Grant has up to $50,000 (USD) over two years available to support scientific research. Authors are encouraged to align budget requests with project needs, leveraging existing resources where and if available.

Letters of Intent are due Monday, December 12, 2022.

Award Process 

Interested individuals are invited to submit an LOI which will be reviewed by members of the Research Committee and peers. The Research Committee chair will notify selected individuals and invite the selected candidates to submit a full-proposals. The Research Committee Chair will notify the award recipient of her/his selection. The Chair will also notify individuals whose submissions were unsuccessful and provide feedback from reviewers.


Please consider the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Awards can only be granted to SACME members.
  2. At least one member of the team must hold or have held a clinical role.
  3. At least one member of the team must hold of have held a role in CME/CPD/IPE/FD/PS/KT/QI.
  4. At least one member of the team must be considered a “new investigator” defined as:
    1. Students/trainees of any kind in process of acquiring professional degrees (e.g., Health Professionals, MDs, Masters, PhDs)Students/trainees of any kind in process of acquiring professional degrees (e.g., Health Professionals, MDs, Masters, PhDs)
    2. Those who have completed their professional degrees within the last 5 years (e.g., Health Professionals, MDs, Masters, PhDs)
  5. At least one member of the team must hold sufficient credentials and/or experience and/or expertise related to lead or supervise the proposed project.

These criteria should be outlined as part of the submission.

Review Criteria
Presence of theoretical foundation, clarity of research question, soundness of methodological design, fit of research design and methods to the research question, and potential of the project to contribute further to the field will all be important determinants of the merits of the project.

Letter of Intent Submission Details

The Letter of Intent must be no longer than two pages, single spaced, 12 pt. font and should not contain any identifying information that could identify your name(s) or affiliated institution(s). The LOI should include a concise review of the literature, a clear statement of the research question, methodology, anticipated methods of analysis, proposed timeline, and potential impact of the work on the field. This document should be uploaded to the application site as a PDF. Identifying information will be submitted on the application site instead of within the LOI PDF. The application site will ask you to attest that your team composition meets the criteria for funding.

Budgets and curriculum vitae are not required for LOI submission.

Link to Application: https://forms.gle/9U5byrT6NU9BGwQ19

Review Criteria
The LOIs will be reviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee (or their designates) for the following features:

  • Depth, breadth and interpretation of relevant literature.
  • Relevance and clarity of research question / problem or objective. 
  • Use and alignment of theoretical foundations.
  • Methodological alignment and rigour.
  • Implications for the advancement of the field.
  • Feasibility.


  • Letters of Intent are due no later than Monday, December 12, 2022 at midnight (CST).
  • Selected teams will be notified if they have been invited to proceed to the full proposal in mid-February 2023.
  • Full proposals will be due on April 17, 2023.
  • We expect that the decisions of the Scholarship Committee will be made in mid-May 2023 with funding to commence July 1, 2023.

Full Proposal Stage
Following review, selected teams will be invited in mid-February 2023 to submit a full proposal by April 17, 2023. The proposals will be reviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee and/or their designates. The Scholarship Committee chair will notify principal investigators of the results of their submission, along with feedback on the proposal by late May 2023. The Chair will announce the award decision publicly in June 2023.

Full Proposal Guidelines
For those LOIs selected by the Scholarship Committee, the following guidelines will apply for full proposal submissions due April 17, 2023. 
The final proposal, in PDF format, should be no longer than 10 pages, single spaced, 12 pt. font, and clearly include:

  1. Brief problem statement (350 words maximum);
  2. Background statement and literature review;
  3. Clear statement of the research question/objective;
  4. Conceptual and/or theoretical framework;
  5. Overview of methodology and detailed methods;
  6. Implications for advancement of the field. Why this study is important for CME/CPD/IPE/FD/PS/KT/QI. This section should contextualize the study in the current literature;
  7. Detailed budget with justification and inclusion of in-kind or additional support (if applicable).
  8. Detailed timeline;
  9. Feasibility statement.
  10. Summary of the qualifications and role of each investigator on the project (see eligibility requirements above);
  11. Curriculum vitae (CV) for each member of the research team (last 5 years only).
  12. Up to 3 letters of support (if desired);
  13. References.

    Note: CVs, letters of support and references are not included in the 10-page limit.

    Full Proposal Review Criteria
    The full proposals will be reviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee (or their designates) for the following features:

    • Depth, breadth and interpretation of relevant literature.
    • Relevance and clarity of research question / problem or objective.
    • Use and alignment of theoretical foundations.
    • Methodological alignment and rigour.
    • Implications for the advancement of the field.
    • Appropriateness of budget.
    • Team composition and roles.
    • Feasibility.

    Full Proposal Submission Process
    Full proposals are due on April 17, 2023. Instructions on the submission process will be emailed to all invited applicants.


    Please direct any questions about the application or the grant to either Morag Paton at morag.paton@utoronto.ca or Dr. Martin Tremblay, Vice-Chair, SACME Scholarship Committee at mtremblay@fmsq.org.

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    Project Title


     2021/2022  Francesca Luconi McGill Hill University  Building resilience and well-being in primary care during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic: A case-study in continuing professional development  Manning Award

     Mahan Kulasegaram University of Toronto

     Supporting Self-Directed Learning and Transfer through Testing in CME  Manning Award
     2017/2018  Sanjeev Sockalingam and David Wiljer University of Toronto Data and Lifelong Learning (LLL): Understanding Cultural Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing and Using Clinical Performance Data to Support Continuing Professional Development (CPD)   Manning Award
    Fahad Alam
    Sunnybrook Health Services Centre
    Impact of acute care physician’s age on crisis management performance and learning after simulation-based education  Manning Award 
    Moshe Feldman
    Practice Based Learning to Achieve System Based Practice: An Interprofessional CE Model and Toolbox for Planned Practice Change   Manning Award
    Joan Sargeant
    Dalhousie University
    Performance feedback to inform self-assessment and guide practice improvement: Developing and testing a feedback facilitation model  Manning Award
    Heather Armson University of Calgary Practice reflections by family physicians participating in three three different practice based learning programs: Are there differences in commitment-to-change statements? Manning Award
    2006 Marisa Finlay McMaster University Breast cancer survivors and CME in health advocacy small grant
    2005 Kevin Eva McMaster University Examining the problem with experience: Does practice make physicians more susceptible to premature closure? small grant
    2004 Onil Bhattacharyya University of Toronto Overcoming barriers to diabetes guideline management in remote aboriginal communities small grant
    2004 Barbara Barnes University of Pittsburgh Improving the discussion and atribution of adverse events and medical errors: an interactive case conference Manning Award
    2004 Gary Sibbald University of Toronto  Simultaneous use of telemedicine for patient care and continuing education rounds in dermatology small grant
    2004 Sonya Lawson Virginia Commonwealth University Use of PDAs in reflection and learning practice large grant
     2003 Gabrielle Kane
    University of Toronto
    Examining the impact of change on professional practice small grant
    2003 Stephanie Giberson University of Manitoba Facilitating physician learning community development [sic] small grant
    2002 Joan Sargeant Dalhousie University Physicians' attitudes toward participating in accredited CME programs on the Internet large grant
    2001 Jocelyn Lockyer
    University of Calgary
    Qualitative evaluation of small group learning small grant
    Yvonne Coyle University of Texas
    Assessing physician clinical performance outcome in highly motivated learners Manning Award
    2000 Jack Kues
    University of Cincinnati
    The value of formal CME: Physician perception [SACME Research Collaborative] Manning Award
    1999 Michael Allen
    Dalhousie University
    Videoconferencing for problem-based small group learning large grant
    1998 Jonathan Hellman
    University of Toronto
    [mentorship] small grant
    1997 David Bailey
    Marshall University
    [mentorship] small grant
    1996 Jocelyn Lockyer
    University of Calgary
    Physician use of personalized feedback to make changes in their clinical practice small grant

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