The Medical Education Research and Innovation Challenge

The Medical Education Research and Innovation Challenge (MERIC)

Deadline: Currently Closed for Applications


The Medical Education Research and Innovation Challenge (MERIC) aims to promote international educational scholarship and innovation by leveraging the ScholarRx platform, which serves more than 40,000 student and physician learners each year. The MERIC small grants program will support health sciences education investigators seeking to collaborate with the ScholarRx team to test educational innovations and address questions ranging from educational methods and pedagogy to curricular development and student assessment. We have allocated $250,000 for distribution in small grants over 5 years, and expect to fund approximately 5-10 projects per year with budgets up to $10,000 (but typically $2,500-$5,000 for single-institution studies) in this call.

Funding Priorities

We are seeking scholarly projects of any type that involve ScholarRx/USMLE-Rx products (e.g., curriculum bricks, Qmax questions, Flash Facts, Express Videos). Learner-centered proposals that capitalize on ScholarRx’s data and infrastructure will receive higher priority. Multi-institutional studies will be viewed favorably and are most appropriate for larger grants, but well-designed adequately powered single institution studies are also acceptable. Projects should have a timeline of 12 to 24 months. Grantees will be required to submit a progress report at one year. All funded projects must disseminate results in a regional or national public scholarly forum.


Projects must utilize ScholarRx/USMLE-Rx products. We encourage student, resident, and faculty investigators, and will give preference to faculty-learner teams and projects that involve learners in research design, execution, or application. Principal investigators not at the doctorate level should consider submitting a letter of support from a doctorate level research sponsor.


A full description of the proposal requirements can be viewed here, and should include:

  • Cover page (title, principal investigator(s), contact information
  • Abstract (limit 400 words)
  • Proposal (limit 5 pages, single spaced)
    • Background/rationale
    • Research question/hypothesis and specific aims
    • Methodology (including full study design, participants/sampling frame if relevant, data collection/management, ScholarRx components/collaboration, and analysis plan)
    • Anticipated outcomes/impact (including plan for dissemination at regional/national level)
    • Timeline (detailed, not to exceed 24 months)
    • Budget (itemized with justification, total expenditures not to exceed $10,000)
    • References (not included in page limit)
  • Personnel (study team biosketches)
  • Human subjects (plan for IRB approval)
  • Letter of support (optional)

Submission Deadline and Contact

Proposals for this call must be received by 11:59 PM EST on December 31, 2017 electronically as a single PDF file to If you have questions, review our MERIC FAQs or contact us.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the MERIC Small Grants Committee (view the evaluation criteria here). Awards will be announced on March 1, 2018.

Progress and Final Reports

Principal investigators must submit a progress report after one year. Progress towards stated objectives and scholarly dissemination will dictate second-year funding for two-year projects. Similarly, at project completion, a final report must be submitted (details to be provided). Unused funds shall be returned to ScholarRx.

Project Dissemination

All projects must be disseminated at regional/national scholarly venues, and all publications, presentations, and/or products must acknowledge the ScholarRx MERIC grant as a sponsor of the work.