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Funding available

SMERC is now accepting applications from eligible institutions for the small grants program (up to three small grants will be available, each up to £10,000) for healthcare education research (closing date is 31 August 2016).  

Our grant programmes aim to support the over-arching goals of SMERC: to produce internationally excellent healthcare education research that has local, national and international impact.


Anyone employed at any of the six SMERC collaborating institutions (NES, Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews) will be eligible to apply for these grants.  Applications must involve a minimum of two SMERC collaborating institutions and projects aligned with one or more of the themes above will be eligible for funding.  We also welcome applications representing broader collaborations across Scotland e.g., SMERC institutions working in partnership with other agencies or organizations with an interest in researching medical education and training.

Assessment of applications

All applications will be reviewed by at least three independent assessors.  Assessors are asked to complete structured assessment criteria for each project, noting that all applicants will receive full feedback on their applications. Feedback will be collated and used to decide which applications to fund.     Decisions will be announced by end October 2016, with projects expected to commence in January 2017.

See Related files on this page for the grant application form and submission information.


Small research grant awards (July 2015)

  • Dr Vicky Tallentire (University of Edinburgh)
    Foundation Year 2 doctors' reasons for leaving UK medicine: an In-depth analysis of decision-making
  • Professor Jen Cleland (University of Aberdeen) 
    Understanding medical student and trainees perceptions of clinical learning environments: a multi-method and multi-unit study
  • Dr Alan Jaap (University of Edinburgh)
    How ready is Scotland to adopt Entrustable Professional Activities in supporting transition to the early years of clinical practice.