MERIC Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can MERIC grant monies be used for?
- Project related…
- Administrative/technical support (e.g., clerical, statistical, research assistants including students)
- Supplies, expenses, and equipment (e.g., mailings, survey instruments, survey incentives)
- Communication between study personnel (e.g., web/phone conferences)
- Dissemination (e.g., conference travel, expenses related to manuscript development and submission)
What activities are NOT covered by grant monies?
- Indirect or facilities costs
- Salaries for faculty
- ScholarRx/USMLE-Rx account costs
What do you mean that projects must utilize ScholarRx or USMLE-Rx Qmax products?
- Grant projects must in some way explore a research question that interfaces with one of our products, including ScholarRx curriculum bricks, USMLE-Rx Qmax questions, Flash Facts, and/or First Aid Express Videos.
Can investigators collaborate with ScholarRx to obtain internal application data?
- Yes. Data requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis. No user identifiable data will be provided.
Will ScholarRx accounts be provided for free to funded projects?
- No, however institutions currently not using ScholarRx/USMLE-Rx products should contact our academic solutions group at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in facilitating a pilot program.
What are some examples of general research questions that might be explored?
- In the flipped-classroom setting, does the use of ScholarRx curriculum bricks as pre-class preparation material increase student performance relative to other preparatory assignments?
- How does question wording interact with student factors (e.g., race, location) to impact learning?
- How does question feedback design (e.g., visuals, mnemonics) relate to retention?
Can projects be used to build something complementary to ScholarRx (e.g., new curricular “bricks”)?
Will renewal funding be available?
- Depending on project results and outcomes, some project teams may be eligible to apply to future calls for renewal funding.
Will ScholarRx be involved in the authorship team?
- Typically, no. We expect scholarly products resulting from this grant funding to be independent of ScholarRx.
- In certain circumstances where collaboration with ScholarRx team members is robust, it may be appropriate to have ScholarRx-affiliated coauthors.