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Medical Education Innovations Mentored Award Program

This award program is sponsored by the Academy of Medical Educators to encourage innovation in medical student teaching and evaluation.

The Academy of Medical Educators (AME) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to encourage innovation in medical student teaching and evaluation by faculty members of the University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUSOM). The priority for this funding cycle is to encourage mentorship in medical education research and scholarship.

The Principal Investigator must identify a mentor who is a regular member of the AME as a collaborator on the project. This mentor may act as a co-PI or in a mentorship capacity only. A list of AME members is available at:

The maximum amount of funding per proposal is $15,000 for the funding cycle (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025). A total of $30,000 is available. By April 22, 2024, each applicant is required to meet with: Dr. Cayla Teal to discuss project design [Christian Steciuch ( to schedule] unless you previously met with Dr. Teal about this project during the MAITF submission process; and Ms. Hinano Gray to discuss project budget [Ashley Martin ( to schedule].

The Data Use and Collection form must be submitted at the time of your application if your proposal includes collecting data from medical students and/or using existing data already collected by the KUSOM. As part of this process, any new surveys of students will be reviewed by the Office of Student Affairs and cannot be distributed without prior approval through the Office of Student Affairs.

Principal Investigator (PI) must be a full-time faculty member in the KUSOM.
Application and sample scoring rubric

Application Submission Guidelines
Proposals must be:

  • no longer than five (5) single-spaced pages
  • complete yet concise descriptions of the project in the required format (see application)
  • a minimum of 12-point font (excluding cover page, biosketches, letters of support, and appendices)
  • applicants must partner with a mentor from the Academy of Medical Educators
  • submitted in a single pdf sent to the AME ( no later than 11:59 pm on April 22, 2024.

Proposals must include:

  • a complete yet concise description of the project in the required format
  • line-item budget with complete budget justification/narrative
  • biographical sketch from key project personnel (NIH format preferred)
  • letter of support from department chair(s)
  • letter of support from associated project faculty (i.e. clinical skills lab director, clerkship director, etc.)
  • Biographical sketches from key project personnel (NIH format preferred)
  • Letters of support from associated project faculty (i.e. clinical skills lab director, clerkship director, etc.)

Criteria for Selection

The primary assessment criterion is the articulation of a project that makes a substantial and valuable contribution to the KUSOM curriculum. The proposal must concisely explain the need for the project and why it merits a high priority in the multiple competing aspects of curriculum change and innovation. Considerations in the assessment of projects include evidence of integrating best practices and sound theoretical basis, valid educational/scientific methodology, consideration of potential problems and strategies to address them, valid short and long-term outcomes with appropriate statistical analyses, reasonable budget, and potential for publication/presentation as educational scholarship.  Past projects have made substantial contributions to curriculum transformation at KUSOM.  View past recipients and their projects.


KUMC IRB/Human Subjects approval will be required for funded proposals.

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