The NBME Emerging Innovators Grant Program empowers early- to mid-career faculty, researchers and program leaders to explore visionary ideas and make a lasting impact on the medical education landscape.


Applications for the 2024 cycle are currently being accepted through July 1, 2024 on the Emerging Innovators Research Grant Portal

NBME launched this grant program in 2023. This grant is designed to support early- and mid-career medical education faculty or staff who share our commitment to advancing equitable assessment practices to foster a diverse and inclusive medical community. Equitable assessment practices and educational programs can support a stronger health care system with the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care disparities, while also enhancing educational experience of learners. We also seek projects promoting innovative thinking to push boundaries of medical education and assessment locally and/or nationally.

NBME will fund up to $25,000 in total for each accepted proposal. Four proposals that can be completed within a 1–2-year timeframe will be selected. Grants will be awarded to medical schools accredited by the LCME or the AOA/COCA or graduate medical education (GME) training facilities. Applications are accepted from principal investigators with appointments at LCME- and AOA/COCA-accredited medical schools or GME facilities.

The projects should focus on enhancing assessment practices and medical education programs within the 2024 theme of Promoting Equitable Assessment in Medical Education. Whether the proposed research or program implementation is completely novel, or new in the context of your own setting, we encourage emerging innovators to apply for this grant opportunity during open cycles. 

We encourage proposals from individuals and/or teams which include individuals who are underrepresented in medicine. Teams are also encouraged to include learners or trainees. 

How to Apply

Applications are currently being accepted through July 1, 2024.

The Application Guide explains the requirements and format that should be followed for your application submission.

When you are ready to submit your application, please visit the Emerging Innovator Research Grant Portal.

  1. Login or create an account on NBME’s Submittable page.
  2. Read the Guidelines and complete the form.
  3. Follow the instructions for submitting your application and attach any required documents.
  4. You may save your online application at any time and return to complete it later by scrolling to the bottom of the submission form and selecting “Save Draft.” 
    • When you are ready to return to complete the form, log into your account, click on your name at the top right of the internet browser, select “My Submissions” and select the desired draft.

Reach out to our Grant Program team at NBMEInnovatorsGrants@NBME.org with questions.

About the Application

Eligibility: This program is currently open to principal investigators with appointments at LCME- and AOA/COCA-accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools or GME training facilities.

The following elements constitute a complete proposal:

  • Abstract (350 words) which summarizes the project.
  • Statement of the problem being addressed or investigated, including literature review and any existing pilot data. 
  • Specific aims and methods of the proposed project.  
  • Anticipated outcomes and impact.
    • For program implementation proposals, please include information on intended program evaluation.
  • Potential for sustainability and/or scalability at the end of the funding period. 
  • Research or project implementation plan, including timeline, 2-year maximum.
  • Existing IRB approvals or any IRB applications in process, as applicable.
  • Itemized Budget, limited to 10% indirect costs.  
  • Biographical sketch of principal investigator (PI) and associated team.
  • At least one letter of support from institutional leadership (e.g., Division/Department Director, Dean, other program leader, etc.). The letter should convey leadership support for the project and address PI’s available time to complete the project. 
  • Identification of mentors/mentees, as applicable.

Additional Documents

How to Complete Funding

When your project is approved for funding, NBME staff will work with you to complete the contract between your organization and NBME. Funding is contingent upon completing the contract process and providing NBME with IRB documentation (where applicable).

Once your project is funded and in progress a final report is required as part of your contractual agreement. Guidelines for report submission are provided below. For information specific to your obligations, please refer to your Emerging Innovators Grant contract. You will receive reminders from NBME staff regarding due dates for your reports.

Final Reports

You are required to submit a final report within 60 days of the completion of the project. A one-time extension may be granted, but you must submit a detailed request in writing.