The Insider’s Guide to Medical Education Grants: Moving Forward, Adding Value

By Gail Radecki and Pam Beaton

Respondents to the Fall 2017 Grants Guidebook survey expressed a desire for more specific resources — checklists, templates, case studies, etc. — leading to discussions on monthly SIG calls about how to add value to and update the existing document and align it with the National Learning Competencies and the new curriculum that is in development. Invariably, we came back to the fact that not all supporters are looking for exactly the same things and not all providers are asking for funding for exactly the same kinds of activities, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to providing supplemental information for the guidebook. However, we eventually came around to the idea that we could dissect the grants process, from development through reconciliation, and share some helpful hints and points for consideration.

This article is the first in a series where we’ll share our ideas around some ways to go about developing and submitting a grant, the due diligence needed surrounding the activity itself, reconciliation of the grant once the activity is over and budget development. But it’s our hope that readers of this series won’t just take our word for it; we want your feedback. We want to hear the current practices, failures and successes, and points for consideration that you are willing to share with others. As each new article is published, we’ll ask for your input, and at the end of the series, we’ll recap the feedback we’ve received.

Other projects our very active SIG is currently working on:

  1. Working toward standardization of our shared vocabulary to assist providers and supporters in “speaking the same language.” This project is a result of a very energetic session at the 2018 Alliance Industry Summit (AIS) titled “The Tower of Babel: Enough Already, Can We Please Speak the Same Language?” led by Michael Reilly, Ann Marie DeMatteo and Karyn Ruiz-Cordell from Regeneron.
  2. A special pre-conference “Shark Tank”-style workshop at the Alliance 2019 Annual Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, titled “Wading In – A Grants Alligator Pit” where participants will work on “grant” and “outcome” submissions and get real-time feedback from our panel of industry “alligators.” Stay tuned for additional details about this lively session!

If you’re interested in joining the SIG and jumping on board with any of our projects, send us a message and we’ll get you plugged in!

Here are some general points for you to consider the next time you write a grant:


What are some things you try to keep in mind when you’re in the grant process? How do you get yourself organized? Does your current approach work for you? Share your questions, tips and tricks, best practices, points for consideration or comments by sending an email to Almanac Editor-in-Chief Kurt Snyder.

If you want to learn more about the grants process, start by visiting the Alliance website and downloading “The Insider’s Guide to Medical Education Grants.”

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