GME Seed Grant


Scholarship can be defined as the ability to discover, apply, integrate, and share new knowledge and information.  Resident engagement in scholarly activity fuels innovation and helps to ensure that the physicians of the future will possess the skills necessary to support continued improvement in health care and provide effective patient care.  The WSU GME office recognizes the value of the inquisitive mind and is strongly committed to maintaining a supportive environment that encourages all aspects of scholarship.  To demonstrate our commitment to resident participation in scholarly activities the WSU GME office advocated for designated funding for a resident research grant program.  Residents can apply for seed grants for varying amounts in the range of $500-$1000.  Depending on the number and quality of submissions received proposals for larger amounts of money may be considered; therefore, applicants seeking funding amounts greater than $1000 are encouraged to apply.  Research as well as quality improvement projects will be considered for funding.


Applicants must be residents in a WSU GME sponsored program, in good standing, with a definite commitment for another year of residency in the WSU GME sponsored program.

Time Frame

Time outline for project must be realistic for the resident.














Deadline(s) for Application

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

Review and Notification Process

All qualifying proposals will be given consideration.  Projects will be evaluated and funding awarded based on scientific merit and appropriate justification of requested funds in addition to the following criteria:

  • Project employs novel and adequately developed concepts, approaches and/or methodologies
  • Project provides sufficient background evidence, and describes a reasonable and appropriate timeline as well as a well-defined mentoring plan.

Awardees will be contacted via email.  All applicants will receive reviewer comments.  Awardees will be announced on the WSU GME website.


Reviewers: Click here to evaluate a proposal.



If the proposal is approved the funds will be awarded to the resident’s department.  The funds should be used as outlined in the approved budget/proposal and will be monitored by the department administrator.  Costs and unit numbers needed for the project should be investigated and determined ahead of time, as specific budget details are required for funding to be considered.  Acceptable uses of funding include:  Contractual personnel, supplies, and/or equipment required to complete the project.  Some examples of acceptable uses for seed grant funds:  Printing costs for signs for a QI project; IT personnel costs for pulling specific reports from the EMR for the project; cell lines or other lab material costs for basic science research projects, etc.  Funding cannot be used for travel, journal publication fees, or conference registration fees.



  • Only QI or research projects are eligible
  • Documentation of IRB review (approval letter, or statement of exemption or waiver) is required.
  • Resident must have a designated faculty mentor for the project.  The mentor should have research/QI experience and be knowledgeable in the specific field related to the project.
  • Resident and Project mentor must provide and agree upon a clear plan of the mentor’s role in supporting the resident’s successful completion of the project.
  • Resident must complete the grant application (available on the WSU GME website), including specific budget details.


Progress Reports:

Residents will be required to submit an interim report as well as a final report upon completion of the project.  The interim report is due 6 months after funds are awarded.  The report should provide a summary of what the resident has accomplished thus far as well as what remains to be done in order to achieve the final outcome.  The report should also contain a detailed explanation of how the funds have been used (i.e., how much has been used thus far and for what).

The final report is due one year after funds are awarded.  The report should address the following elements:

  • Brief summary of the status of the project
  • Explanation of whether the goals/aims described in the original application have been accomplished.  If the goals/aims have not been accomplished please explain why
  • Plans for dissemination
  • Detailed budget report


If you have a final product (paper, poster, etc.) you may submit this in place of a separate report.

Dissemination of findings:

Residents are expected to disseminate the results of their scholarly activity project prior to graduation.  This can be accomplished via presentation at a meeting or conference either as a poster (abstract) or oral presentation or by publication of a paper in a peer reviewed journal.  Projects that are awarded funding will be showcased on the WSU GME website.

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