Grant Programs

The Office of Faculty Development oversees three grant programs that provide funding to pediatric faculty and professional staff interested in enhancing their teaching, mentoring, educational scholarship and /or leadership skills.  

OFD Education Innovation Project Grant Program

This award aims to promote educational creativity and scholarship among UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Professional Staff and faculty members of the Department of Pediatrics.

Innovative curriculum, educational research and/or the development of new educational resources are some of the examples of projects that will be considered.

The grant provides financial support for projects relevant to any level(s) of medical education learners across the continuum of pediatrics (medical school students, graduate medical education learners, continuing medical education/faculty).

Funds up to $1500 per project may be requested.

It is expected that this project will enhance the quality of education in our institution in some way, e.g., a new curriculum, or teaching or evaluation approach that can be integrated into training the targeted learning group(s). It is also expected that project work be of value external to our setting and will be disseminated (e.g., submitted for presentation at a local, regional, or national conference, or other form of dissemination).

Important Dates

  • April 1 – Annual application cycle opens
  • June 30 – Proposal submission due date

Application Form and Required Materials

For the OFD Educational Innovation Project Grant, please provide:

  • Completed OFD Education Innovation Project Grant Application form. Completed application form should not exceed 3 pages.
  • Application letter (1 page) describing how your career as an educator will be advanced through your engagement with the proposed project. Additional describe the potential of this project to contribute to the quality of education at our institution or medical education more broadly.
  • Copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of support from your division director or department chair.

Questions?

FAQ: OFD Education Innovation Project Application (PDF)

OFD Leadership Development Grant Program

This award supports the leadership and professional development of UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Professional Staff and faculty members of the Department of Pediatrics. Funds may be used to pursue significant advanced training, applicant-designed projects, travel expenses, or other opportunities to enhance the career success of individual faculty.

Funds up to $1500 per project may be requested.

It is expected that the funds will help to establish the awardee as a leader in one of the following domains (list is not exhaustive): education, leadership/administration, quality improvement, or patient safety. It is further expected that the knowledge or skills gained from this experience will be disseminated locally, such as through a faculty development workshop, QI project, or other means.

Potential professional / leadership development programs to consider include but are not limited to:

Important Dates

  • April 01 – Annual application cycle opens
  • June 30 – Proposal submission due date

Application Form and Required Materials

For the OFD Individual Faculty Professional/Leadership Development Grant, please provide:

  • Completed OFD Leadership Development Grant Proposal Form. Completed application form should not exceed 3 pages.
  • Letter of Intent, outlining your professional goals and 1) how this faculty development experience will advance your career; 2) how this experience will contribute value to some aspect of our institution.
  • Budget outlining the funds you need to support the professional development opportunity. You can request funds up to $1,500.
  • Copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of support from your division director or department chair.

Questions?

FAQ: OFD Professional / Leadership Development Grant Program

Review Process

The Department of Pediatrics Faculty Development Grant Programs Review Committee will review applications and decide upon awards based upon:

  • Consistency with the purpose of the funds
  • Strength of the proposal
  • Feasibility
  • Innovation (for Education project)
  • Likelihood to contribute to the individual and/or institution or academic/medical education community at large

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