CAME Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education

The deadline for Letters of Intent for this year's CAME Wooster Family Grant in Medical Education is Friday October 20, 2017.


Opportunities for peer-reviewed grant support in medical education are limited. Emerging educators and those with new unfunded projects are particularly challenged in attracting support at these critical times. This award is meant to support new and innovative projects in medical education that are not part of a larger, formalized and funded education research program.


Clinical faculty members* in a Canadian faculty of health sciences/medicine (or equivalent), who are members of CAME, seeking funding for scholarly projects related to medical education.

Application process:

A 2 step process:

STEP 1: Submission of a Letter of Intent for the purpose of obtaining a Wooster Family Grant for the 2017-2018 funding year.

The Letter of Intent is a 500-word document outlining the scope, impact, objectives, methodology for new and innovative projects in medical education. The template is found here: DOWNLOAD

The letters of intent will be reviewed by the CAME awards committee using the scoring grid. At least three reviewers will read, review and score your letter of intent. From these scores, the letters will be ranked and the top 10 (depending on number of submissions) will be asked to submit a full proposal.

You will not be able to submit a full proposal if you have not been recommended by the review panel to do so.

Preference will be given to those projects that are:

  1. Being led by a PI who is a faculty member within the first 5 years of their first peer-reviewed education scholar activity, or within the first 5 years of their initial faculty appointment, OR
  2. Being led by faculty members who are carrying out the scholarly project in medical education as part of a formal institutional academic program (for example, a faculty development program or graduate degree), OR
  3. New and innovative projects that are not already funded or are not part of a larger project or program of research, OR
  4. Incorporate a design that uses theory to inform practice or that uses practice to advance or develop theory.

Award amount:

Funding will be awarded annually to one or more applicants at the discretion of the awards committee. A maximum of $10 000 per project will be awarded. The number of projects funded will depend on the number and scope of eligible projects in a given year. The committee reserves the right to not fund any projects in any given year.

Preliminary Timeline:

Letter of Intent submission date October 20, 2017
Full Project Proposal submission deadline January 5, 2018
Selection of proposals to be recommended for funding February 2, 2018
Announcement at CAME/CCME annual general conference April 28, 2018

  1. Template: Letter of Intent

Send Letter of Intent electronically (in Word) by 1pm on October 20, 2017 to Mary Digout,

STEP 2: If the letter of intent is successful applicants are requested to submit:

  1. An abridged CV (maximum 3 pages, focusing on previous research and education scholarship)
  2. A project summary (maximum 1000 words) including:
    1. Background and rationale
    2. Proposed study question/objective
    3. Methods
    4. Analysis plan
    5. Expected outcome or impact
  3. A brief description of the intended dissemination strategy
  4. Budget. Note the following expenses are ineligible: salary support for PI or other faculty member, University/institution overhead, computers and other equipment unless integral the study (e.g., tape recorder); publication costs in an Open Access journal;
  5. A letter of support from departmental chair/chief or education dean Adjudication(Full Proposal) The adjudication process of full proposal applications will be administered by CAME.
  6. A letter of support from departmental chair/chief or education dean

Adjudication(Full Proposal):

The adjudication process of full proposal applications will be administered by CAME.

  • The standing CAME awards committee Chair will convene a selection committee comprised of one member of the CAME executive, one member of the CAME Foundation board, and three nominees from among the CAME membership from three different universities solicited by the CAME Board.
  • Criteria for selection for funding include but are not limited to: methodological rigour, project originality, potential impact, and the project team members' experience and credentials related to the proposed methodology.

Application details:

  1. Deadline for application: January 5, 2018
  2. Full proposals will be Submitted as 1 pdf document with the PI's name and a short version of the title as the document's name (e.g., Smith.Simulation.pdf)
  3. Submit material to

* A Clinical faculty member is a physician faculty member with an active clinical practice, holding an appointment in a Canadian School/Faculty of Medicine.