COMCEC Research Grants

For further information, please contact Dr. Lou Ann Cooper at (352) 273-5324

Announcement – Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals COMCEC Grants-2015-2016

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?

Please contact Dr. Maureen Novak at (352) 273-8573 ( or Dr. Lou Ann Cooper at (352) 273-5324 (

Resources for Educational Researchers

  • Articles

Conceptual frameworks to illuminate and magnify

Experimental study design and grant writing in eight steps and 28 questions

Reliability: on the reproducibility of assessment data

Description, Justification and clarification: a framework for classifying the purposes of research in medical education

Validity threats: overcoming interference with proposed interpretations of assessment data

A Call for Outcomes Research in Medical Education

Literature Review and Tips

Tips for Starting a COMCEC Proposal

Educational Research and Scholarship Program Study Planning

  • Medical Education Research Certificate (MERC) presentations