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STFM Project Fund

This fund encourages STFM Collaboratives and Special Project Teams to plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate findings from educationally-related scholarly projects. The outcomes of the project should benefit members, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the discipline of family medicine.  The project should also provide students, residents and new faculty an opportunity to participate in a significant way in a scholarly project that exposes them to STFM.

The Foundation generally allocates $20,000 annually to the STFM Project Fund. The program is coordinated by the STFM Executive Committee.

Funding Details

Projects are funded for a maximum of 2 years, and funding is not renewable. Funds may be budgeted in the categories below. Indirect costs are not provided.

  • Required equipment (eg, a laptop computer) and supplies (eg, photocopying).
  • Travel (eg, funds to present project outcomes at STFM meetings and/or attend project team meetings).
  • Personnel (eg, to purchase a statistical consultant's time). Funds for faculty and/or staff release time must be contributed "in-kind" by departments/programs.
  • Production and technical support.

A project may be funded for 1 or 2 years at one of the two levels below:

  • Full Funding: A few proposals of exceptional quality and potential impact may be funded up to $10,000 total.
  • Seed Money: To support projects up to $5,000 total.
Proposals at either funding level must have matching in-kind contributions for personnel (eg, faculty and/or staff), equipment, and/or supplies.  Any unspent dollars from projects must be returned to the STFM Foundation.

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • The project must be a collaborative effort among two or more STFM members
  • A student, resident, or new faculty (7 yrs or less in faculty role) must have a significant role in the project.
  • The project must be recommended by an STFM Collaborative or Special Project Team.
  • Funds must be disbursed to an entity, not an individual.
  • Projects should attempt to conduct their survey through CERA, if appropriate.
  • Funds may not be used for salary support.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Project has strong relationship to the community/special project team goals.
  • Project is aligned with STFM’s strategic plan. 
  • Project rationale is innovative and adds new knowledge and/or advances an existing body of knowledge.
  • Project identifies measurable outcomes.
  • Project’s activities are innovative and match proposed goals and objectives.
  • Evaluation methods are valid and reliable.
  • Project yields outcomes that STFM’s members and constituencies can use.
  • Project has potential of continuing after initial funding.
  • There is a clear dissemination plan for project results or products.
  • Project budget includes matching funds from a department or other sources.

Preparing and Submitting a Proposal

Any STFM Collaborative or Special Project Team may submit a proposal for funding. Proposals must follow the format shown on the application form and be submitted electronically to Pat Lodge by November 5.

Proposals that would conduct a survey must be coordinated with CERA (CAFM Education Research Alliance).

The STFM Executive Committee will fund selected proposals at one of the levels stated above. Proposals will be assessed using the Proposal Rating Form. Principal Investigators will be notified about the funding decision on February 15, and funds will be dispersed by March 1. The project period runs from March 1 – February 28. Principal investigators of funded proposals must submit a progress report to the STFM Executive Director on September 1 of the project period, and at 6-month intervals until the final report due by March 20 in the year of completion.

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