MERIC Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 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”)?

  • Yes.

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.