Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program

We need your questions

The PAEA Research Mission Advancement Commission invites interested faculty members to submit proposals to PAEA’s Support to Advance Research ( STAR ) Program to include their research questions in the 2018 Program Survey.  We will begin accepting proposals Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Increase the quality and frequency of research and scholarly activity among faculty of PAEA member institutions.
  • Improve the process for surveying constituents with better questions and fewer surveys.
  • Provide a clearinghouse of data that faculty of PAEA member institutions can use to produce scholarly work.

Priority will be given to proposals that:

Proposals should be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments to the PAEA Research Department staff at by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

If you do not receive confirmation within two days of submission, please call 703-667-4353, to confirm that your submission was received.

Any questions should be addressed to PAEA Research Department staff at or 703-667-4353. This program is adapted from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s CAFM Educational Research Alliance program.

Proposal Formatting and Required Element


  • All proposals must be formatted in 12pt, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins

Cover Sheet

Pages 1-3

  • Research question/problem statement
  • Background and brief review of literature on the topic, including what new knowledge will be generated, as well as significance of research questions
  • Objectives, aims, and hypotheses of the proposed research question
  • Proposed survey questions (maximum of 10; this includes all branching questions)
  • Analysis plans
  • Dissemination plans
  • Additional requested data from the 2017 Program Survey with justification for the request. Data must be directly related to the proposal’s research question and may not identify programs.


  • Letter from program director or dean attesting to the PI’s relationship to the PA program and confirmation that the PI is assigned at least half-time to the PA program
  • Proof of IRB approval or exemption, including submitted protocol
  • List of references used in review of the literature; maximum of five
  • Blinded CV(s) for all affiliated investigators


  1. The PI must be a faculty member at an accredited PAEA member or institutional colleague program in good standing, and be employed by the educational institution for a minimum of 20 hours per week for the duration of the project. A letter from the program director or dean attesting to the PI’s relationship with the PA program is required. No member serving on the Research Council or its committees/workgroups having oversight for this program may submit proposals; members of the Council or its other committees/workgroups without oversight responsibilities are welcome to submit proposals.
  2. The project must be research-oriented. A research question or hypothesis should be the focus of the study. The results of the study must have some application to PA education or workforce issues. Priority will be given to proposals that are aligned with PAEA research priorities and likely to yield a high quality, peer-reviewed publication.
  3. All submitted projects involving surveying human subjects must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or evidence of exemption. Evidence of IRB submission plans must be included in the proposal at the time of the initial submission. A proposal is accepted under the condition that IRB approval or evidence of exemption is received by the agreed upon timeline.
  4. A proposal is accepted under the condition that the PI makes changes to the questions, as requested by the reviewers and PAEA Research Department (if required).
  5. The PI must sign the PAEA research agreement and complete the research project within 18 months of receiving the data. The principal investigator is to submit a final project report (through the PAEA research staff) to the PAEA Research Council within 90 days of the end of the study. This may take the form of a published manuscript or presentation. The project will be deemed complete when the final report has been approved by the PAEA.

Blinding Requirements

All application materials, excluding the cover sheet, letters from your program director and proof of IRB submission, approval, or exemption, must be fully blinded (i.e., no identifying information may be included). Identifying information includes mentions of participating institutions in the proposal as well as the following information commonly found in curriculum vitae (CVs):

  • Researcher’s name and contact information
  • Institutions from which researcher received degrees
  • Institutions where researcher has been employed
  • Membership in and presentations given at regional conferences or organizations (e.g., Texas Association of Physician Assistants)
  • Researcher’s name in publications and awarded grants
  • 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 application materials. You may also email with questions.