A Small Grants Program Improves Medical Education Research Productivity
Background: This study compared research collaboration and productivity among applicants to a small educational research grants program.
Method: Brief interviews were conducted with 89% (8/9) of funded applicants and 55% (6/11) of unfunded applicants.
Results: Funded projects had an average 6.6 scholarly products per project and 3.8 interinstitutional collaborators with 72.5% continuing collaborations, compared with the unfunded group that had 2.8 products, 1.8 collaborators, and only 16% continuing collaborations.
Conclusions: This program seems beneficial to research productivity and multiinstitutional collaboration.
El-Sawi NI, Sharp GF, Gruppen LD. A Small Grants Program Improves Medical Education Research Productivity. Academic Medicine. 2009; 84(S10). doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181b3707d.