New NBME Grant Supports Emerging Innovators in Medical Education and Assessment


PHILADELPHIA, PA — NBME recently announced that it is piloting the new NBME® Emerging Innovators Grant Program. This grant is intended to support early- and mid-career medical education faculty or staff who share its commitment to advancing equitable practices which foster a diverse and inclusive medical community. NBME seeks projects that promote innovative thinking and push the boundaries of medical education and assessment locally and/or nationally.

NBME believes equitable assessment practices and educational programs can support a stronger and more equitable health care system that has the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care disparities, while also enhancing the educational experience of learners. For this grant program, NBME views diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within medical education and assessment broadly to encourage creativity in the proposal design, allowing individuals and teams to determine the most meaningful ways to pursue and investigate change. Proposals could range from implementation of an innovative program designed to measurably support learners who are minoritized and/or marginalized in medicine to the development of a new and equitable assessment of competencies required for the care of a diverse patient population.

NBME will fund up to $25,000 in total for each accepted proposal. Four proposals that can be completed within a 1–2-year timeframe will be selected. Whether the proposed research or program implementation is completely novel, or new to your own setting, NBME is encouraging emerging innovators to apply for this new grant opportunity by Oct. 8, 2023.

The 2023 call for proposals focuses on the theme of Promoting Equitable Assessment in Medical Education. Proposals should advance one or more of the following:

  • Innovative assessment design with an emphasis on equity and fairness.
  • Bias investigation and bias mitigation in existing assessments.
  • Innovative program implementation to advance DEI.
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NBME encourages proposals from individuals and/or teams which include those who are minoritized and/or marginalized in medicine. Teams are also encouraged to include learners or trainees among their membership.

Interested applicants can learn more and apply for this grant on

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