Health Science Education Small Grants Program 2016-2017

Health Science Education Small Grants Program

Request for ProposalsUTSystem_inpost

Strict Proposal Deadline October 7, 2016 at 5pm

Sponsored by:

The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education

The University of Texas System

Project Purpose

The purpose of the Health Science Education Small Grants Program is to stimulate

research and innovation in health science education. The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., Academy of Health Science Education (“Academy”) is an organization of faculty from the six health institutions in the UT System whose mission is to promote excellence in health science education. The Health Science Education Small Grants Program will be administered by the Academy members, with representatives from each of the six UT health science institutions. This group (Awards Committee) will form the peer review responsible for scoring the submissions and choosing the awardees.

This program will make small awards (no more than $5,000 per project) to faculty members at a UT health science institution who submit a written proposal and budget for a project that strives to improve education by innovative approaches. These projects may involve, but are not limited to, curriculum development, evaluation methods, faculty development, or use of technology. Projects demonstrating a direct, measurable, positive impact on health science education will be most competitive for the award. Applications will be accepted from all health science disciplines, including medical, nursing, dental, allied health, public health, health information, and basic biomedical sciences.

A successful application will be based upon merit with the intention to meet the needs of a given program. Collaboration between or among groups or schools is strongly encouraged where possible. Individuals who received funding in the initial year

of the program can reapply for a second year of funding, but this application requires

submission of a progress report as well as a proposal for additional funding.


The projects with the greatest potential of producing measured improvement in the

quality of education will be most competitive for the award. The projects with the greatest potential for broader distribution will be most competitive for the award. This incentive will help to ensure that our educational institutions will be at the forefront of meeting the needs of future students and exceeding the expectations of health science leaders of the future.


The proposal must include the following in a SINGLE PDF.

  • Page 1: Title page including principal investigator and collaborators, name of

institution, school and department, contact information for primary investigator

  • Page 2: Abstract of no more than 250 words
  • Page 3: Budget and budget justification
  • Pages 4-6: Body of the proposal should include:

– Goals and objectives, including relationship to institution, school, or

departmental goals and objectives

– Statement of need/rationale for project

– Project description

– Evaluation of outcomes

– Personnel involved, including primary contact

– Timeline, tasks, and individuals responsible for tasks

  • Pages 7-8: Progress report (for second year of funding)

The package must include the following items (not included in 6 page limit) after the proposal in the same PDF:

  • Letters of support from dean and department chair
  • NIH SF424R-R Biographical Sketch of principal investigator and major collaborators



The project must show educational merit and relevance to the goals and mission of the UT System and the UT health science institution, as well as to the department or school from which the proposal is submitted.

Educational Merit (14– 70 points)

Documentation of the problem/need

  • Clear statement of the problem/need
  • Clear goals and objectives to meeting the need/problem

Design of the project

  • The design is appropriate to the goals and objects to meeting the need/problem
  • The design is clear as an improvement/advancement; the design describes clearly what is planned in the project; the design uses sound methods of data collection and analysis
  • The timeline for the project is feasible for the funding period
  • The evaluation plan for the proposal is clear

Project Management Capability

  • Qualified personnel who may have expertise in educational design,

instructional technology, library science, and evaluation

Relevance (6 – 30 points)

  • Potential to improve the teaching and learning environment
  • Dissemination of product/results of the project at the institution and elsewhere; potential to apply product/results of the project to other educational settings/venues
  • Plan for future continuation, development, growth of the project

INNOVATION (2-10 points)

  • The overall innovative approaches of the project


PEER REVIEW PROCESS: October 10, 2016-December 2, 2016

The review process will be conducted by Awards Committee members of the Academy from each of the six UT health science institutions. This group is committed to reviewing the proposals and to encouraging the successful implementation of awarded proposals. The ultimate goal is to disseminate mature projects worthy of external funding and publication. Remember that the Awards Committee will look closely at those protocols that advance health science education with innovative approaches.


NOTIFICATION OF AWARDS: on or around December 16, 2016


AWARD AMOUNTS: Proposals for funding may range up to $5,000, and funding will

be awarded to the most competitive proposals as judged by the peer review process.  All decisions by the Awards Committee will be final.



All awardees will submit a formal written report (3-5 pages) at the conclusion of their

projects (within the 12th month of the project) detailing project processes, outcomes,

potential for further funding, and dissemination possibilities or results. All awardees will be expected to present an abstract of their work as a poster presentation at the annual Innovations in Health Science Education Conference (“Conference”) when the funding period ends.


Scholarship as the result of this project will be useful in promoting the professional

development of awardees. Scholarship is a public offering and there are many existing and emerging journals focused on medical education to which faculty can submit their work for publication. These include the Educational Researcher (ER), American Educational Research Journal (AERJ), Educational Review, the Journal of Research on Technology Education (JRTE), or Learning & Leading with Technology, Academic Medicine, Journal of Dental Education, and Medical Teacher. Electronic publication opportunities include MedEdPORTAL of the AAMC.


Part of our mission related to the promotion of the scholarship of teaching includes

presentations at regional and national meetings, which showcase the work of our

innovative faculty. Appropriate meetings might include this Conference, Association of American Medical Colleges, International Society for Technology in Education, Association for the Advancement in Computing in Education, ED-MEDIA-World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, and E-Learn–World Conference on e-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education.



Strict Proposal Deadline: October 7, 2016 at 5pm

Project Timeline: December 16, 2016-December 15, 2017


Only applications submitted electronically will be accepted for consideration for the small grants program. ALL application materials including letters of support must be submitted in the ADOBE pdf format. Submit the application packet electronically by October 7, 2016 at 5pm to:



Mien-Chie Hung, Ph.D.

Vice President for Basic Research

Professor and Chair

Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology- Unit 108

Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology

Distinguished Teaching Professor

Ruth Legett Jones Distinguished Chair

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Blvd.

Houston, Texas 77030

T: 713-792-3668

F: 713-794-3270



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