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SACME Research Grants

Current grant opportunities: 

Phil R. Manning Research Award in Continuing Medical Education 

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 (LOI) for original, scientific research related to physician and/or health professionals lifelong learning.  Opportunities for research funding are one of the benefits of SACME membership. 

Proposals will not be restricted to a particular methodological approach or topic area within CME/CPD/IPE. However, the project must be theory based and methodologically sound. The finished work must be appropriate for publication in a health professions education journal (e.g. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, Academic Medicine) or equivalent peer reviewed journal, as well as for presentation at a future SACME Annual Meeting (Phil R. Manning Research Award Plenary) or CPD World Congress.

Funding: A grant will be awarded up to a total amount of $50,000 over two years. The next grant award decision will be made by the end of April 2017. The protocol for disbursement of funds is provided in a separate document. 

Deadline: Letters of Intent must be received no later than December 12, 2016.

Award process: Interested individuals are invited to submit an LOI prior by December 12. The LOI’s will be reviewed by members of the Research Committee and peers. The Research Committee chair will notify selected individuals by January 16, 2017 and invite the selected candidates to submit a full-proposals (due March 15, 2017). The Research Committee Chair will notify the award recipient of her/his selection during the last week of April 2017. The Chair will also notify individuals whose submissions were unsuccessful and provide feedback from reviewers. The Chair will announce the award decision publicly at the SACME Annual Meeting in May 2017.


Eligibility: Awards may be made to researchers interested in advancing CME/CPD/IPE research. Pilot and more comprehensive projects are both eligible for consideration as are collaborative investigations within or among institutions.

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.

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 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. A brief indication of the qualifications and role of (each) investigator(s) and short bio-sketch are required as part of the LOI. Bio-sketches are not included as part of the two-page LOI page count. Budgets and curriculum vitae are not required for LOI submission.

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)

Address: Completed LOIs should be submitted electronically to info@sacme.org

Questions: Questions regarding Letter of Intent should be directed to:

Betsy Williams, PhD MPH
Chair, SACME Research Committee


Mary Turco, EdD
Vice Chair, SACME Research Committee



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