We are pleased to announce the TCH Educational Scholarship Awards. Funds are available for projects relevant to education in pediatrics across the continuum–undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional development within health professions education.

The Awards program is administered by the Center for Research, Innovation and Scholarship in Health Professions Education (CRIS). Funds are awarded on a competitive basis. We anticipate non-salary funding for four large projects up to $30,000 each and eight small projects up to $15,000 each. The awards are for two calendar years.

  • The purpose of the TCH Educational Scholarship Awards are as follows: (a) promote educational scholarship among faculty members and (b) encourage collaboration around education among programs/sections within, and beyond, the Department of Pediatrics.

  • It is required that funded projects will be (a) presented at regional, national, or international meetings and (b) published in peer-reviewed journals or on educational websites/repositories. The contribution these projects make to health professions education is important to the career development of the scholar and reputation of Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital as a leader in educational scholarship.
  • All applicants to the TCH Educational Scholarship Awards program must submit a Letter of Intent.

  • Only full-time, Baylor College of Medicine faculty members who have a primary or co-primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics as an Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor are eligible to serve as principal investigators.

  • A team of faculty with well-established collaboration(s) (i.e. complementary skills and expertise) can assure credibility and ascertain potentials for long term success. Please contact CRIS at remijioe@bcm.edu to discuss your team formation or recommendation for team recruitment.

Criteria used to evaluate each application include the following:
  • Relevance to health professions education in pediatrics
  • Projects grounded in a conceptual basis (i.e., use of educational theories or evaluation frameworks to inform project design and development).
    Methodological rigor of the approach (Of note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to get methodological consultation from CRIS (remijioe@bcm.edu) early in their project planning).
  • Alignment of goals and objectives with project design
  • Appropriateness of the project design (e.g., sample size calculation)
  • Feasibility to complete the project in the time allotted (up to 2 years)
  • Potential for project findings to improve/inform an educational program and/or the health professions education community at-large
  • Proposals are reviewed and evaluated by the TCH Educational Scholarship Awards Review Committee, which is composed of Baylor College of Medicine faculty. Final approval for funding is made by the Vice-Chair and Associate Vice-Chairs for Educational Affairs, and the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

  • Of note, members of the Review Committee may not be familiar with the focus of the project; thus, applicants are advised to avoid jargon, to provide definitions, and to explicate clear goals, objectives, and potential impacts.
  • Awardees are expected to attend 75% of CRIS Scholarship Club. Quarterly interactive seminars are opportunities to share “works in progress” and to network with other awardees.
  • Awardees are strongly encouraged to access resources in CRIS, including statistical, methodological and writing support.
  • At the end of the 1st year, awardees must submit an on-line progress report and an account of their award expenditures.
  • At the end of the 2nd year, awardees must submit an on-line completion report and an account of their award expenditures.
  • Within 4 years post-funding, awardees must submit a scholarship document (including, but not limited to, a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal other forms of enduring educational materials).
  • As part of program evaluation, awardees are expected to complete on-line, follow-up reports at 5 years post-funding.

The body of the application must be five (5) single-spaced pages or less with standard type size of 11 to 12 points (no more than 15 characters per inch) and margins of at least 0.5 inch. Each application must contain the following items in the order outlined below:
  1. A summary sheet must be included as the first page of the application and have the following information:
    • Name, rank, section or division, and contact information of the applicant
    • Monetary amount requested
    • Executive summary of the project (not to exceed 250 words) including the goals and objectives and the approach to be used
    • Signature of the division chief of the applicant’s academic unit (on the summary sheet). An institutional signature is not necessary.
  2. The body of the application (maximum of 5 pages, excluding the literature cited) must include the following:
    • Goals and objectives
    • Background
    • Preliminary data or previous work (if available)
    • Project design, methodology, and data analysis
    • Potential problem areas
    • Timeline for proposed project (as a table, chart, or bulleted list indicating proposed dates for activities such as submitting an IRB, starting recruitment, collecting data, analyzing results, drafting the manuscript)
    • Literature cited (include complete citations).
  3. A brief description (1 page maximum) of the potential impact of the project on medical education in pediatrics or the education community at large must be included.
  4. The budget for the project must be included, along with justification of expenses. Monies can be used for materials (e.g., computer programs, posters, books, etc), technology support, data evaluation, and travel to present findings at a medical meeting, but not for salary support for the principal investigator.
  5. Curriculum vitae (CV) of the applicant must be included; an abbreviated CV is acceptable.
  6. Finally, a letter of support from all collaborators and a description of their roles in the project must be included. Additional letters may be required to establish credibility or feasibility. These letters may include those from program leaders (in which your project will be implemented), technical consultants, etc. These letters should appear after the applicant’s CV.

  7. Printable Format of Application

Important Deadlines

LOI Submission: February 12, 2024 (6:00 PM)
Grant Application Submission: April 26, 2024 (5:00 PM)
Notification to Award Recipients: May 31, 2024

LOI submission is closed.
Application submission is closed.
If you have general questions regarding the TCH Educational Scholarship Awards, please contact Dr. Satid Thammasitboon, Center for Research, Innovation and Scholarship in Health Professions Education (CRIS), by email at satidt@bcm.edu