HMS Foundation Funds Award Nomination Opportunities

Current Funding Opportunity

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Strategic Educator Enhancement Fund

Deadline to Apply:  July 15th 11:59 PM

Eligible Faculty:  HMS Quad Faculty and Faculty at HMS Affiliated Hospitals

Project Focus Areas:  

  • Assessment of Clinical Reasoning and Critical Thinking
  • Diversity/bias and disparities in assessment

Nominations Available to HMS: 1

Funding and Award Period:   Fellowship includes travel expenses for 4 trips per year to Philadelphia during the 24-month program, and up to $25,000 toward the teams approved research expenses. 

Program Description:   To support our mission and in recognition of the valuable collaboration with the medical education community, NBME is pleased to announce the NBME Strategic Educator Enhancement Fund Program.

The Fellowship’s primary goal is to provide an opportunity to medical school faculty who are interested in developing skills in medical education and assessment research, and who have a commitment to working with a team of interested colleagues.

Program Goals:   This Fellowship is a project-based faculty development program that has been established to:

  • Foster professional development
  • Promote assessment-focused scholarship about innovative approaches that will enhance the assessment of individuals across the continuum of medical education and in active independent practice
  • Support a cohort of individuals who will work with a senior mentor and NBME staff to identify and develop questions and a research project that falls within one or both of the following themes:
  • Assessment of clinical reasoning/critical thinking
  • Diversity/bias and disparities in assessment

To achieve the Fellowship goals, eight (8) individuals will be selected to form an education and assessment-focused research cohort that will be led by a senior mentor. Each member of the cohort will be expected to make meaningful contributions to the project team.

The Fellowship will train the cohort of faculty to operate effectively in an educational team, to communicate outcomes to a broad range of audiences, and to work as a community to conceptualize new approaches to assessment.

Program Expectations:

  • A 24-month commitment
  • Commitment for travel four (4) times per year to Philadelphia
  • Attend every cohort session and participate in interim conference calls
  • Contribute to the work of the fellowship team to develop research questions and a scholarly product
  • Present at an NBME conference or symposium
  • Conduct a formal presentation within their institution, for example:
  • Educational ground rounds
  • Institutional education symposium
  • Educational research day

Eligibility Criteria:   Faculty who are early in their medical education research career (up to rank of associate professor) and from medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:

1.  A Letter of intent in 12-point type, double spaced (no more than 500 words) that:

  • Explains how you would engage with one or both of the designated themes and how you would contribute to the team;
  • Includes an example of a professional situation that demonstrates your self-awareness, leadership, and communication skills as well as ability to manage conflict and leverage networks; and
  • Explains how one or both of the themes aligns with your current professional responsibilities and would contribute to your career development. 

2.  A letter signed by the Academic Chair or Dean confirming allocation of .1 FTE in-kind support plus time away to participate in the Fellowship program.

3.  A CV or NIH Biosketch

Please email the above required materials as a single PDF to:

Additional information about this opportunity is available on the NBME Strategic Educator Enhancement Fund Fellowship Website:


We will announce the official fall funding opportunities and application deadline in early September.  


Anticipated Funding Opportunities:

Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Program

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award

Macy Faculty Scholars Program

Mallinckrodt Scholars Program

Mary Kay Innovative/Translational Cancer Research Award

Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Smith Family Foundation: Odyssey Award

Applications must be submitted through the Harvard University Funding Portal.   Applicants must use a Harvard Key to login into the Funding Portal


For questions please contact Clare Lamont, Program Coordinator at or 617-432-7463