Scholarly and research activity is central to accomplishing OCED's mission. We assist faculty in educational research questions, manuscript writing and publication, and grant proposals for curricular projects. We conduct educational research, consult on and participate in grant initiatives, serve on steering committees of national and regional organizations, and consult at other institutions.
Medical education is attracting more government and philanthropic support for research to develop innovative curricular programs and evaluate their outcomes. OCED can assist faculty in developing education program ideas, grant applications, and program implementation. Please contact us for information and assistance at any state in the development of an education project.
As in any other funding areas, success is based on finding the best fit between the funding organization and the proposed education program. We have compiled grant information on agencies and charitable foundations that support undergraduate medical education research. The listings contain brief details on the organization's undergraduate medical education aims to help you target funding sources for education research projects. We focus on agencies that may fund development of new curriculums, faculty development projects, or training programs. We do not focus on scholarships, research fellowship awards, or career training grants. Keep in mind that we summarize information on the current aims and awards for medical education research; however, some organizations may change their focus and funding priorities. Moreover, no guide can ever be complete. There are undoubtedly many more funding agencies. Our goal is to get you started thinking about possibilities and hope you will explore more opportunities. This guide, for instance, primarily covers agencies that fund medical education projects in general. There are foundations that fund curricular innovations in very specific fields (e.g., geriatrics education, nutritional science education, pediatrics curriculums, etc. Thus, it's worthwhile to consult with specialty organizations for information about specialized curriculums.
Funding databases and organization web sites or brochures can provide comprehensive information on each funding opportunity. The best strategy is to obtain current lists of announcement brochures from the organizations or agencies that have a close match with your interests to determine if their current focus is relevant to your project. Funding organizations welcome inquiries on their match with a proposed project so that they receive proposals that closely match their interests.
The following list provides possible information regarding grant opportunities and resource databases for faculty to explore:
AERA (American Educational Research Association) Grants Program
This program provides small grants, fellowships, and training for researchers conducting educational policy studies using quantitative methods. http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/
Annual Register of Grant Support
Bowker's Annual Register is available as a bound volume in the Weill Cornell Medical Library. Grants can be searched using an index of funding areas. This version is most useful for seeking information if you know the name of a granting agency or foundation.
American Medical Colleges
Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Awards
Funds for $10,000 grants to recognize the significant contribution to medical education made by gifted teachers. https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/awards/glaser/
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Health Care Grant (Caring Attitudes)
Founds for curricular projects on communication skills, caring attitudes, compassionate care. http://www.publicsafetygrants.info/GrantDetails.aspx?gid=9596
Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Higher Education and Continuing Education Programs
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) - Comprehensive Program
Funds for training programs, teaching, curriculum development, program development, operating or general support-innovate reforms in curriculum and instruction of various kinds, especially through student-centered or technology-medicated strategies, more cost-effective ways of improving postsecondary instruction and operations, new ways of ensuring equal access to postsecondary education, retention and program completion, especially for under-represented students. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/fipse/index.html
The Edward J. Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners
This fund offers support for research or development of innovative assessment approaches that may enhance the assessment of those preparing to or continuing to practice medicine. A maximum grant of $70,000 may be granted for a project period up to two years. http://www.nbme.org/research/stemmler.html
Foundation for Advancement of International Education and Research (FAIMER)
International Fellowships in Medical Education
Funds for faculty from schools of medicine abroad to gain access to educational opportunities in the US. Fellows study aspects of medical education that have the potential to improve rand expand medical education programs in their home country institutions and departments. Eligible areas of study include educational methodology, curriculum design, and evaluation systems. Study may be conducted in departments of medical education or traditional disciplines of clinical or basic sciences. https://faimer.fluidreview.com
The Foundation Center
- The Foundation Center Directory Online is a subscription service of 200,000 grants of $10,000 or more. http://foundationcenter.org/products/foundation-directory-online
- Foundation Directory, an annual bound volume of the directory, is available in the Weill Cornell Medical College Library. Grants can be searched using an index of funding areas. This version is most useful for seeking information if you know the name of a granting agency or foundation.
- The Foundation Center is located at 79 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street. Use of their foundation database if free at this location. Call 212-620-4230 for hours.
Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Funds for curricular programs involving humanism, ethics, compassion in medicine. http://www.gold-foundation.org
GrantsNet (US Dept of HHS)
To find and exchange information about 300 HHS and other Federal grant programs, this site serves the general public, the grantee community, and grant-makers. http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/funding
John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc.
Aging and Health Program, NY, NY
Funds for conferences and seminars and program development that enhances geriatric training, as well as age-friendly health systems, family caregiving, and serious illness and end of life. https://www.johnahartford.org/grants-strategy/
Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration
Bureau of Health Professions
Funds for training programs - to meet the costs of projects to establish, maintain or improve academic administrative units to improved clinical instruction in family medicine, general internal medicine, and/or general pediatrics. Grants also available to support nursing education, public health, oral health, behavioral health, geriatrics, and health careers to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. https://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants
Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Potential Extramural Research Projects
Funds for generally research projects, but curriculum development for preventative medicine projects of interest to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have received funding. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/funding.html
Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Education and Career Development Program
Funds for develo0pment and implementation of curriculum dependent programs to train predoctoral and postdoctoral candidates in cancer research settings that are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. https://www.cancer.gov/grants-training/training/at-nci
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This foundation annually funds program development, faculty scholars, seed money, particularly in areas related to health services, chronic health care, and substance abuse. https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-explorer/funding-opportunitie...
Kellogg Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good
Funds for support of research in any discipline that explores higher education’s role in serving the public good. https://www.aacu.org/diversitydigest/2003/vol7/no1-2
Emily Davis and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation
Funds for curricular development, program development, seed money in bioethics, end-of-life, palliative care, treatment of pain. http://fdnweb.org/kornfeld/
New York, NY
Funds curricular development, education research https://johnlarsenfoundation.wordpress.com/guidelines/
Josiah Macy (Jr.) Foundation
New York, NY
Funds program development, conferences, seminars, curriculum development http://macyfoundation.org
National Academy of Education Fellowship
New York, NY
Fellowship support to study matters relevant to improvement of education https://naeducation.org
National Board of Medical Examiners
Edward J. Stemmler, MD, Medical Education Research Fund
Funds research, training, curriculum, or program development http://www.nbme.org/research/stemmler.html
This global foundation is committed to enriching and sustaining the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout the world, using four “themes” around which they organize their grant making: food security, more equitable health outcomes, work opportunities, and creative expression opportunities. https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/grants/
Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust
P.O. Box 1802
Providence, RI United States 02901-1802
Funds medical school/education, seed money
Christopher D. Smithers Foundation
Funds program development, conferences, seminars, seed money in the field of alcoholism http://www.smithersfoundation.org/
Medical Education Journals
The following is a list of selected journals that specifically focus on the field of medical education and that accept submissions on educational research and innovations.
Medical Education and Health Professions Education Journals
General Education Journals
Interdisciplinary Medical Journals
The following is a list of selected journals, listed by subject area, that frequently include articles on medical educational research and innovations in their respective discipline.
Academic Emergency Medicine
Geriatrics and Gerontology
American Journal of Medicine
Journal of Medical Ethics
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
Journal of Pharmacy Teaching: [EBSCO; no public website]
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Education for Primary Care
American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Journal of Rheumatology
American Journal of Surgery
Journal of Urology
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has established Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals to help authors and editors. These requirements not only focus on more technical areas regarding preparation and submission of manuscripts, but also discuss ethical principles concerning evaluating, improving, and publishing manuscripts in medical journals and the relationships between editors, authors, peer reviewers, and the media. See http://www.icmje.org/