COMCEC Research Grants
For further information, please contact Dr. Lou Ann Cooper at (352) 273-5324
Announcement – Call for Proposals
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
- What is educational research?
For the purposes of the COMCEC Faculty Educational Research Grants, educational research is a scholarly pursuit to better understand learners and educational processes. The educational process can address questions related to learning strategies, teaching methods, evaluation and assessment, and instructional outcomes. Learners in medical education span the spectrum from medical student to practitioner. An educational research design can make use of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to test specific hypotheses. Studies that examine the consequences of curricular innovations in a hypothesis-driven study design may also be eligible if they include rigorous evaluation methods. The best educational research is guided by a theoretical framework.
- What expenses are allowable under COMCEC grants?
Examples of allowable expenses include materials (e.g. commercially available copyrighted instruments), office supplies, equipment (except computer hardware), and software. Only travel necessary to conduct the research will be considered.
- How are proposals reviewed and selected?
The proposal, with the Principal Investigator identified, is reviewed by at least three members of the COMCEC Research Committee using the evaluation form and review criteria available on this website. Funding decisions are based on the average evaluation in three categories: Rationale for the project, Research Design/Methodology, and Feasibility. A copy of the evaluation form used by reviewers is posted on the website.
- What resources can the Office of Medical Education provide?
The Office of Medical Education (OME) can provide consultation on research and evaluation design, test and performance assessments, instrument design and validation, data collection planning, and statistical analysis. OME will also help with the administration of surveys and questionnaires either online or via Scantron sheets.
- Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Resources for Educational Researchers
- Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) presentations