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.
- 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?
- 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?
- Is the timeline for completion feasible and likely to succeed?
- Are the budget itemizations reasonable and appropriate?
- Are monies dedicated to approved costs? (see FAQs)
- Are the references appropriate and well curated?
- 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.