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Division of General Internal Medicine & Clinical Innovation Program for Medical Education Innovations & Research Program for Medical Education Innovations & Research Innovation Grants

Program for Medical Education Innovations & Research Innovation Grants

Program for Medical Education Innovations and Research (PrMEIR) Innovation Grants provide seed funding and technical assistance for faculty researchers who contribute to medical education scholarship at NYU Langone.

To date, we have awarded more than $500,000 in research funding under the leadership of program director Sondra R. Zabar, MD. Former Innovation Grant recipients recognize the program as a stepping stone in their careers. Others have received full research funding based on pilot data collected from PrMEIR projects.

Each year PrMEIR faculty select an Innovation Grant theme to address challenges in medical education.

2021-22 Innovation Grant Theme

The PrMEIR Innovation Grant theme for 2021-22 is “Taking Your Education Ideas to the Next Level: Using Instructional Design or Implementation Strategies to Enhance Impact.”

Medical educators strive to improve educational programs and ultimately physician outcomes. Yet medical education systems are complex and embedded in even more complex healthcare systems. For these reasons, evidence-based educational research can take a decade or more to be implemented widely or may be implemented without sufficient fidelity to ensure quality outcomes.

In order to maximize effectiveness, educators must create appropriate content delivered to the right learners at the most optimal time and enhance the effectiveness and spread of these efforts. This requires a deep dive into the needs of learners and their contexts to gather the information necessary to guide these efforts.

Quality improvement approaches such as instructional design and implementation science offer an overarching philosophy to frame research questions and provide guidance on moving forward with educational efforts.

How to Apply

Faculty at NYU Langone and other NYU professional schools and colleges are eligible to apply for Innovation Grants. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent summarizing their research project, which includes study aims, research design and methods, and expectations for how findings may impact medical education.

Applicants should use the online form to submit a letter of intent no later than March 22, 2021. If you are selected to submit a full proposal, we will notify you by April 1, 2021. Full proposals are due May 28, 2021. Please read our full call for submissions for examples of possible research areas and more detailed information about application guidelines.

For more information about PrMEIR Innovation Grants, email Jeffrey Wilhite, research coordinator, at with the subject line “PrMEIR Innovations Grants.”

2020 Innovation Grant Recipients

Awardees for the 2020–21 funding cycle are conducting research on the theme of Improving Health Outcomes: Feedback for Individuals, Teams, or Health Systems.

Murray J. Berenson, MD, Physician–Patient Communication Grant

Building Telemedicine Training Tools for Residents—A “Trainee-Centered” Design Approach
Primary investigators: Katharine Lawrence, MD, MPH, and James H. Cho, MD

Telepsychotherapy Training Development Project
Primary investigators: Cory K. Chen, PhD; Amy P. Palfrey, PhD; Julia Buckley, PhD; Christine Ingenito, PhD; and Nicole Nehrig, PhD

Anthony J. Grieco, MD, Medical Education Research Grant

Education and Experience in Residency: Mapping Clinical Data to Capture Resident’s Inpatient Educational Experience
Primary investigators: Daniel J. Sartori, MD; David W. Rhee, MD; and Jay Pendse, MD

Competency-Based Hands on Curriculum Using Simulation for Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Primary investigators: Robert M. Angert, MD, and Sweta Bhargava, MD