Faculty-Generated Research Grants Program

The overall goals of the PAEA Faculty Generated Research Grants Program are to promote quality scholarship regarding PA education and the PA field, increase research capacity and collaboration across institutions, and encourage the development and training of emerging PA education researchers. To accomplish these goals, PAEA will provide a substantial investment of up to $50,000 for a study that meaningfully expands the existing body of knowledge on PA education and/or the PA profession. Funding will be prioritized for projects that propose rigorous, sophisticated methods and analyses to address novel research questions consistent with the two major goals and/or five components of the PAEA Strategic Plan. Projects that involve collaboration and mentorship among senior and junior PA researchers will also be given special consideration. PAEA will accept letters of intent until October 2, 2017, and will invite full proposals no later than November 15, 2017.

Eligibility

The principal investigator ( PI ) and co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) must be employed at least half-time (0.50 FTE) at a PAEA member program in good standing and full-time at the host institution of the PA program. PIs and Co-PIs should have a proven research track record. The PI and Co-PIs do not have to be physician assistants (PAs), but a PA should be involved in the project.

Evaluation Criteria

PAEA recommends reviewing the evaluation criteria to guide the preparation of successful application materials.

Letter of intent evaluation criteria
Full proposal evaluation criteria

Application

Before submitting, please carefully review the formatting guidelines and required materials detailed below. Applications that are not formatted correctly or that are missing required elements may be delayed or not considered.

Letter of Intent

Investigators interested in competing for funding must first submit a letter of intent (LOI). The selection committee will review LOIs to determine which applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. LOIs must be correctly formatted. All applicants must submit both an unblinded and blinded copy of their application materials. In the blinded copy, all application materials, excluding the cover sheet and proof of Institutional Review Board approval (IRB), must be fully blinded (i.e., no identifying information may be included). LOIs may not exceed 5 pages (see the note below for exceptions to the page count) and must include all of the sections outlined below, which should be clearly labelled. LOIs that do not include all elements and/or that do not meet formatting requirements will not be reviewed.

Required Elements

  1. Completed letter of intent cover sheet (download here)
  2. Problem statement and/or research question(s)
  3. Background with brief literature review and appropriate citations. Specific attention should be paid to how the project will contribute significant knowledge to the PA profession or education, and how it is related to the PAEA Strategic Plan.
  4. Detailed methods including information about sampling and data collection
  5. Analytic plan
  6. Dissemination plan including general time frame
  7. Proposed budget. This should be itemized by broad categories (e.g., “software”) but detailed justification is not required at this stage. The budget should include only allowable costs.
  8. Bibliography/reference list
  9. Optional: Proof of IRB submission, approval, or exemption. This is not required at the letter of intent stage but will be required if invited to move on to the full proposal stage.
  10. Blinded curriculum vitae of all investigators

Note: Items 1 and 8-10 are not included in the page count.

Letters of intent (one blinded copy and one original, unblinded copy) must be emailed to research@PAEAonline.org no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, October 2, 2017. If confirmation of receipt of submission is not given within two business days, please call (703) 667-4328. Late submissions will not be reviewed. Full proposals will be invited no later than November 15, 2017.

Full Proposal

Finalists will be invited to submit full proposals for funding consideration. Full proposals must be correctly formatted. All applicants must submit both an unblinded and blinded copy of their application materials. In the blinded copy, all application materials, excluding the cover sheet and proof of IRB, must be fully blinded (i.e., no identifying information may be included). Proposals cannot exceed 25 pages (see the note below for exceptions to the page count) and must include all of the sections outlined below, which should be clearly labelled. Review of proposals that do not include all elements and/or that do not meet formatting requirements will be delayed.

Required Elements

  1. Completed full proposal cover sheet (download here)
  2. Abstract (300 words or less)
  3. Problem statement and/or research question(s)
  4. Background including literature review and appropriate citations
  5. Methods including detailed information regarding sampling, data collection, study protocol, study materials (e.g., survey instruments, simulation software), and timetable
  6. Analytic plan including detail regarding specific statistical tests and how they address the research question
  7. Anticipated impact on PA education or the PA field
  8. Relevance of proposed study to PAEA’s Strategic Plan
  9. Dissemination plan
  10. Summary of research team qualifications to successfully conduct the proposed study
  11. Detailed, itemized budget and budget justification. The budget should include only allowable costs.
  12. Bibliography/reference list
  13. Blinded curriculum vitae of all investigators and subcontractors
  14. Appendix of survey instruments, if used in study
  15. Proof of IRB submission, approval, or exemption. IRB approval or exemption is required of the grantee before funds are disbursed.
  16. Letters of support for any partnerships/collaboration (no more than three)

Note: Items 1 and 12-16 are not included in the page count.

Full proposals (one blinded copy and one original, unblinded copy) must be emailed to research@PAEAonline.org no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2018. All decisions of the selection committee are final. If confirmation of receipt of submission is not given within two business days, please call (703) 667-4328.

Formatting Requirements

Letters of intent and full proposals must adhere to the formatting requirements below:

  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Paginated
  • One-inch margins
  • Left-justified
  • Size 12, Times New Roman font

Cover sheets, curriculum vitae, appendices of survey instruments, IRB documents, and letters of support are exempt from this formatting.

Blinding Requirements

All applicants are required to submit both a blinded and unblinded copy of their materials. In the blinded copy, all application materials, excluding cover sheets and proof of IRB, must be fully blinded (i.e., no identifying information may be included). Identifying information includes mentions of participating institutions in the letter of intent and full proposal as well as the following information commonly found in curriculum vitae (CVs):

  1. Letterhead or watermarks from the researcher’s institution
  2. Researcher’s name and contact information
  3. Institutions from which researcher received degrees
  4. Institutions where researcher has been employed
  5. Membership in and presentations given at regional conferences or organizations (e.g., Texas Association of Physician Assistants)
  6. Researcher’s name in publications and awarded grants
  7. Geographically or institutionally identifying information in publication titles (e.g., “Health outcomes among a sample of women in Philadelphia”)

Blinded CVs must be named using the convention “CV_PI,” “CV_CoPI1,” “CV_CoPI2,” “CV_CoI1,” “CV_CoI2,” etc. Unblinded applications will not be reviewed.

Overlaying a shape and/or changing the font or background of identifying text is not sufficient. This guide contains useful information on how to appropriately blind your applications materials. You may also email research@PAEAonline.org with questions.

BUDGET GUIDELINES

Allowable Costs

  • Travel to present or conduct research
  • Salary including fringe benefits for key personnel’s direct contribution to the project
  • Subcontracts
  • Software relevant to the project (< $5K)
  • Indirect (up to 5%)
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Participant incentives that are reasonable

Non-Allowable Costs

  • Capital equipment
  • Food/entertainment (other than food provided as participant incentive)
  • Computer hardware
  • Curriculum development
  • Software not directly relevant to the project
  • Training not directly related to the project

TIMETABLE

  • July 26, 2017 – Letter of intent submission period opens
  • October 2, 2017 – Letter of intent submission period closes
  • November 15, 2017 – Full proposals invited
  • January 31, 2018 – Full proposal submission period closes
  • March 2018 – Award winner* is notified

* Grantee will be subject to conditions of award, which will include schedule for disbursement of funds and reporting requirements.