Support to Advance Research ( STAR ) Program

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The application cycle is now closed. Due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent suspension of the 2020 PAEA Program Survey, PAEA will not hold a separate STAR competition in 2021.

The Support to Advance Research ( STAR ) Program is adapted from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s CAFM Educational Research Alliance Program. The STAR program allows PA faculty researchers to submit no more than 10 survey questions to be included in the PAEA Program Survey. 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

If selected, STAR researchers may be asked to fine-tune their survey questions in collaboration with PAEA research staff, based on reviewer comments. Following the close of the 2019 Program Survey, STAR researchers will receive de-identified data from their questions. As part of the submission, faculty members may request other variables from the 2019 Program Survey to be included in their dataset. However, the data requested must be directly related to the proposal’s research question(s), must not identify programs, and will be issued at the discretion of PAEA Research Team and the Research Mission Advancement Commission.

Any questions should be addressed to the PAEA Research Team at or 703-667-4328.

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