Limited opportunities exist for pediatric residents to initiate and complete research projects related to their professional interests. This situation may discourage some from developing their research skills. These abilities are essential for the interpretation of data and research, which is a cornerstone of continuing medical education.
In an effort to enhance the development of research skills among physicians in training, the American Academy of Pediatrics administers the Resident Research Grant Program. Grant applications will require a statement of purpose, a research plan, and a proposed budget. Applicants must also identify a project advisor who has an appropriate research background. Grants of up to $2,000 will be available. Funds from grant award should not be used for computer equipment. Previous RRG recipients are ineligible to apply.
Applicants will be asked to identify their own topics for study. A review committee convened by the Academy will oversee the solicitation of proposals, the selection of recipients and the evaluation of the grant program. Award selection will be influenced by the availability of sufficient patients for study, anticipated timeline for implementation, and applicability to the practice setting.
Applicants will be required to complete their projects during their residency training. With this guideline, projects should be completed within two years. Grantees will gain experience with planning and execution of research projects and the interpretation of research findings. The grant program will be hands-on introduction to skills needed for continued career advancement and to techniques useful in practice settings.
The Resident Research Grant Program is now open. Please click here for the 2013 instructions and application.
Applications will be reviewed each year in the spring and letters will be sent to all applicants in the month of July.