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Grants & You: Winter 2023: News & Updates

AACOM Education Research Grants

AACOM Education Research Grants 

AACOM's 2024 Research Grants Program will provide topic-specific medical education and institutional research grants and are due on January 31, 2024.

Awards of up to $5,000 will be made for single-campus or small collaborative research projects, and grants of up to $10,000 will be made for larger collaborative research projects. SOMA and KCOM faculty have successfully obtained 15 awards from this program in the past decade. 

ATSU Quick Review/Recommendation: KCOM, SOMA, and National Center for Osteopathic Principles and Practice Education (NCOPPE) educators are eligible. This AACOM offering supports KCOM and SOMA’s strategic plans to increase their research cultures and intersects with key focus areas related to technology/AI, diverse workforce development, strategic student/faculty recruitment, strengthening osteopathic representation/voice/influence, linking OME to patient outcomes, improving residency placement, and expanding opportunities for faculty/student participation in academically rigorous research to contribute to the evidence base for OME and osteopathic medicine, among others. Priority is given to projects that provide the potential for inter-institutional collaboration, particularly those that include strategies for continuing/sustaining activities beyond the grant period. This grant is intended for medical education and institutional research only, and when applying, grant-seekers must present well-formed, testable questions/problems they intend to address with AACOM funding. Proposals pertaining to technology or artificial intelligence (AI) are of importance this year. ATSU faculty considering/working on a technology/AI project need to discuss their concept with Bryan Krusniak early in the proposal development process. The full summary (#23.48) can be accessed below.

Faculty should notify SP ( of intent to apply by January 8, 2024 and submit their near-final proposal for SP review by January 18.  All external grant applications require a compliance review by the Sponsored Programs Office before submission. Faculty who engage ATSU’s research support and sponsored programs personnel in the early stages of research design/application drafting will gain important guidance in developing a more competitive research proposal and corresponding budget. 

AOA Research Grant Opportunities

2024 AOA Research Grants

Faculty Research Grants

The American Osteopathic Association has released their Request for Applications for 2024 AOA Research Grants. AOA Research grants opened for submissions on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 and are due Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024.

This year's funding cycle includes the following programs to support faculty research:

1) Research Grants for Physicians & PhD Researchers (Summary #23.52) 
  • up to $100K total costs for 18 months
2) New Investigator Research Grants (Summary #23.53)
  • up to $50K total costs for 18 months
ATSU Quick Review/Recommendation — KCOM, SOMA, ATSRI, and OPTI educators are eligible to apply for these grants. Preference is given to proposals that include collaboration with appropriate partners and subject matter experts. There are no limits on the number of applications per institution. Since 2016, the AOA has awarded over $4 million in grants for osteopathic research. Proposals must be rooted in osteopathic philosophy and address 1 of 4 AOA research priority areas (i.e., OMM and treatment on prevention and management of musculoskeletal injuries, acute/chronic pain management, impact of Osteopathic Approach on chronic disease and elderly care, and OMM Observational & Explorative Focused Hypotheses Research Studies). Funded projects will begin September 1, 2024.
To coordinate appropriate SP support and required internal review/approval, it is requested that all interested ATSU investigators: 1) Notify SP by January 4 ( to convey intent to apply, and 2) Have research plans ready for internal quality assurance review by January 24.
2-page summaries of each faculty research program:
Fellows, Residents, and Medical Students Research Training Grants
AOA Research Training Grants for fellows, residents, and medical students (Summary #23.54 below) are also being offered again in 2024. This program is designed to support the research training of the applicant and will enable them to conduct a research project that is capable of making a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine. The program also seeks to encourage physicians in training and medical students to contribute to osteopathic research throughout their careers. Awards limits for:
  • Residents/Interns/Fellows: Up to $20K for 18 months beginning 9/1/24 
  • Medical Students: Up to $5K for 6-12 months beginning 9/1/24
This AOA research training grant also opened for submissions on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 and are due Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024Faculty are encouraged to share Summary #23.54 with KCOM and SOMA medical students and Still OPTI interns, residents, and/or fellows with whom you share an active research interest/collaboration. Applications require specific faculty mentor criteria and commitments. While training award levels are limited, the complexity of the application is roughly equivalent to an NIH research proposal. When factoring the complexity of the application and ATSU Winter Break, identification of the research team and intent to apply must be relayed to Sponsored Programs by January 3 via
Summary of Grant Program for fellows, residents, and medical students:

SP Metrics FY23

Call for Abstracts

2024 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium Research and Scholarly Activity Competition

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio Osteopathic Association announce a Call for Abstracts for the 2024 Ohio Osteopathic Symposium Research and Scholarly Activity Competition.  The deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2024. Submit abstracts online through this link

The 2024 event will have both virtual and in-person components. Virtual research presentations will take place in March and the poster session will occur in-person at the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium on Saturday, April 20, 2024.  Please review the guidelines and process carefully prior to submitting an abstract.


ATSU named HEED Award recipient for 7th consecutive year

ATSU has been named a recipient of the 2023 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. ATSU was the 1st comprehensive health professions university to be named a HEED Award recipient in consecutive years (2017-2018) and has now extended its achievement to a 7th consecutive year. You can find the full university press release here.

AACOM released a news story highlighting osteopathic-affiliated institutions that have been named as recipients of this year's Health Profession Education in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.





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