Graduate Medical Education

Research Grant Opportunities                                                                        

USF Health Graduate Medical Education Research Grant Program


Encourage residents and fellows to conduct research, engage in quality improvement initiatives, and promote scholarly activity. 

Support those who have curricular research requirements associated with their program.


Proposals are being accepted from a wide-range of disciplines. The following are priority projects and will receive favorable consideration during this grant period: 

  • Diversity & Health Disparities (For 2021-22 at least 1 award will be reserved specifically to fund a Diversity and/or Health Disparities project
  • Quality Improvement 
  • Patient Safety


The Program has been allocated up to $50,000 to fund approved research projects. 
The maximum amount awarded for each project is $5,000. 
Awardees will be notified via email within four weeks of application deadline (by Monday, August 16, 2021).


Current USF residents and fellows 

Grantees are required to be supervised by a mentor. 

Research projects receiving funding from an internal or external entity are NOT eligible to apply.

Submission Deadline

Completed applications must be received by Friday, July 16, 2021.

How to apply

A completed application includes the following required components:

  1. Completed application form (Qualtrics link)
  2. A 1500-word (max.) project proposal addressing the following key areas:
    • Specific aims
    • Purpose
    • Narrative (including references)
    • Methods
    • Anticipated Outcomes and Impact
  3. Budget justification
  4. Letter of support from program director (summarizing the trainee’s qualifications and research prospects in a brief statement of recommendation)
  5. CV for Mentor(s) 


All applications must include a detailed budget. The budget must show line-item expenses. Attach a detailed budget with the application. Note that budget funds cannot be used for travel, personnel, biostats, publication costs, or food.

Award Funding Period

The award funding period will be for one year of for two years and must be selected at the time of application. All allocated funds must be used fully during the funding period (the funding period will be indicated in the award notification letter).  If you will be leaving your training program prior to the award period end date, funds will not be transferred to another awardee and must be used by your program termination date.

IRB Approval

For projects that require IRB approval, funds will not be released until there is final IRB approval or an appropriate IRB waiver.

Review Process

The GMEC Research Sub-Committee will review proposals and award funding each academic year. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. The conceptual and methodological quality of the research
  2. The potential impact of the research program
  3. The feasibility of the research project
  4. The educational value anticipated for the resident/fellow or residency program


All awardees are required to present their findings at a local conference (e.g., USF Health Research Day, Moffitt Scientific Symposium, etc.). In addition, it is strongly encouraged to submit the research for publication. 

Six-month and final progress reports must be submitted to the GMEC Research Sub-Committee (for two-year grants, reports are due every 6 months). The final progress report must summarize research findings and detail how the funds were used. The progress reports must come from the awardee and signed by their mentor. 

All research-related protocols and policies established by the site where the research will be conducted must be followed.


Should include: “This project was supported by a grant made possible through the USF GME Research Grant Program.”

SAMPLE Project proposal and budget (FOR REFERENCE ONLY)

The sample project proposal and budget document is from a previous year’s GME research grant program. These documents should be used for reference only.

GME Grant Workshop

To view the 2021 GME Grant Workshop, please click here.


If you should have questions about the GME Research Grant program, contact Brad Clark or Dae Hyun Lee

Funding Period

All allocated funds must be used fully during the academic year in which they are dispersed and may not be carried over into the next academic year.

Funding Period

All allocated funds must be used fully during the academic year in which they are dispersed and may not be carried over into the next academic year.

Research Grant Awardees

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Alpha Omega Alpha Postgraduate Fellowship

The Opportunity

Postgraduate awards will be given to residents and fellows for research or scholarly projects in the spirit of the AΩA mission. Priority will be given to those projects that include elements of leadership, professionalism, and teaching.


The Fellowship

Up to 10 fellowships of $2,000 each, with one-half paid on announcement of the fellowship, and one-half paid on approval of the final report. Schools, departments, and/or programs are encouraged to provide additional or matching funds. Only one candidate per school may be nominated.

Additional Information can be found by clicking here to go to the AOA Fellowship page.