MERIC Grant Proposal Evaluation Criteria

MERIC Grant Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Criteria used by the MERIC Small Grants Committee to evaluate proposals are listed below. Note that not all projects need address every area listed.


1. Background/rationale:

  • Is the problem statement clear and well defined?
  • Does the literature review clearly identify what is known about the problem and identify gaps?

2. Research question/hypothesis:

  • Is a research question and/or hypothesis clearly stated?
  • Is the question timely and address an identified gap in the literature/field?
  • Is the research question appropriately focused and narrow?
  • Are the objectives reasonable and achievable?

3. Methodology:

  • Is the description of the research design (study design, participants, and settings for the research) clear?
  • Are the methods appropriate for the project’s hypothesis/research question?
  • Does the project use ScholarRx/USMLE-Rx components?
  • Are the variables selected for analysis appropriate for the research design?
  • Are the types of instruments or techniques planned for measurement detailed, with rationale for the instruments selected?
  • Does the project employ appropriate statistical methods and have a clear plan for statistical analysis?

4. Anticipated outcomes/impact:

  • Is this work likely to advance our knowledge or practice in medical education, and/or open additional areas for further exploration?
  • Are potential outcomes discussed and are they reasonable?
  • Is there a clear plan for dissemination at the regional or national level, including through conferences or publications?


5. Timeline:

  • Is the timeline for completion feasible and likely to succeed?

6. Budget:

  • Are the budget itemizations reasonable and appropriate?
  • Are monies dedicated to approved costs? (see FAQs)

7. References:

  • Are the references appropriate and well curated?

4. Personnel:

  • Does the study engage trainees as co-investigators?
  • Has the project engaged personnel with the appropriate expertise to make successful completion of the project in the specified timeline likely?

5. Human Subjects:

  • Educational research projects involving human subjects require IRB approval. It is not necessary to obtain approval prior to submitting a proposal, but documentation indicating approval or exemption will be required before receiving funding.