General AOE Grants Information


The UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators Innovation Award

The purpose of this call for proposals is to encourage small-scale pilot teaching projects to be completed within 15 months. We are interested in a broad variety of teaching innovations tools/techniques that can be applied to medical education. Highest priority will be given to projects that demonstrate potential for one or more of the following:

  1. potential for publication
  2. presentation at a national meeting
  3. opportunity for continued/expandable study


Process: A written application to the Academy of Educators Mini-Grant Subcommittee is required.  The subcommittee will identify a group of finalists who may be asked to answer additional questions and/or be invited to deliver a brief 5-10 minute presentation concerning specific aspects of the project.


Outcome: The principal Investigator will provide a 2-page report at the completion of the project and will present results at a designated AOE general meeting.


1. The principal investigator must be a member of the UNC Academy of Educators involved in medical education.  Involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral students is encouraged.

2. The project must be completed in 15 months.


Guidelines for Proposal:
One electronic copy of the completed, 2-page proposal will be due by 5:00 p.m. on February 7, 2014. The proposal should not exceed 2 single-spaced pages      (1 inch margins; font at least 11-point) and include:


Title Page (not included in 2 page limit)

  • Project Title
  • Name, professional title, department, institution, address, work telephone number(s), e-mail address and fax number
  • Abstract  (300 words)


Research Plan (maximum of 2 single-spaced pages)

  • Specific Aims and Rationale
  • Background and Significance
    • Research Design and Methods
    • Project Evaluation
    • Expected outcome
  • Strengths and limitations
  • Proposed project timeline
  • Appendices, ONLY if necessary;


Budget Page: A one-page budget and budget justification


Budget Guidelines:

We anticipate awarding between 2 and 3 grants with budgets ranging from $2000.00 to $3000.00 each. Projects must be completed within twelve months. If the project requires IRB approval, 2-3 months will be extended to the project.

A final report is due within 30 days after project period has ended. Funds may be used to pay for tool development, surveys, supplies, analyses and support for a student assistant (cannot use for salary of a permanent employee).

Award money may not be used to pay for university overhead, clinical patient care, for the purchase of computer hardware or food.


Important Dates:

Full proposal deadline
: February 7, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Notification of award:    Early March, 2014

Anticipated start date:   March 2014

Applications are due electronically before 5:00 p.m. on February 7th, 2014 to Alison Siler:

For questions regarding this application, please contact:

Ed: 966-2287


Maria: 966-2561 X 237