The NBME Stemmler Grant Program supports the research and development of innovative assessment approaches with the potential to advance assessment in medical education.


The 2025 Stemmler Grant Program cycle is accepting applications until July 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Medical education is evolving and the need for new and innovative ways to assess knowledge and skills is more critical than ever.

The Edward J. Stemmler M.D. Medical Education Research Grant Program provides grants to researchers taking on this important work by funding projects that have the potential to advance medical education assessment. Each year, as many as three awards of up to $150,000 each are given to research teams to support their efforts to drive innovations in the field.

Teams are required to include one junior member, which also provides an opportunity for researchers and faculty in the early stages of their career to receive mentorship and gain a broader understanding of medical education and assessment research.

How to Apply

The application cycle is open until July 17, 2024.

During open cycles, you can apply for the grant by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) and Proposal.

Letter of Intent Instructions

The Letter of Intent (LOI) Description Guide explains the requirements and format that should be followed for your LOI submission.

When you are ready to submit your LOI, please visit the Stemmler Grant Portal.

  1. Login or create an account on NBME’s Submittable page.
  2. Select the 2025 Edward J. Stemmler M.D. Medical Education Research Grant Program hyperlink or the “Submit” button.
  3. Read the Guidelines and complete the form.
  4. Follow the instructions for submitting and attaching your LOI documents.
  5. You may save your LOI submission 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.

Proposal Instructions

Interested in submitting a Stemmler Grant proposal? Download the guidelines below to learn more.

How to Complete Funding

When your project is approved for funding, the Stemmler team 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.

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

Interim Reports

You are required to submit an interim report midway through the grant funding period. Release of the remainder of grant funds is contingent upon our receipt of your interim report.

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.

View Past Recipients

Since its founding in 1995, the Stemmler Grant Program has contributed to 100 research projects and recipient publications have been cited over 3,100 times. Learn more about recent recipients and their projects within the links below.

2020 Stemmler Grant Projects

2021 Stemmler Grant Projects

2022 Stemmler Grant Projects

2023 Stemmler Grant Projects