Funding Opportunity

The Office of Professional and Education Development (OPED) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Medical Education Research Fund (MERF) for Scholarly Projects in Medical Education.

Medical education research aims to advance the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of medical students and educators by evaluating, understanding and innovating educational practice. It includes a broad range of didactical frameworks, theories, and research methodologies. The field characterizes itself with a close collaboration among medical educators, educationalists, behavioral scientists and technicians. Research programs in the field typically focus on addressing contemporary issues and questions in medical education, and on designing, evaluating, and supporting curricular innovations.


June 30th, 2023

Available Funding

The Dean, Faculty of Medicine, has contributed $30,000 to support this initiative. Funding up to a maximum of $10,000 per project is available.


  • Projects must be led by a principal investigator who holds a faculty appointment with the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University.
  • Staff members, MD program students, postgraduate trainees and graduate students may apply as a collaborator with a faculty member.


Applicants are invited to submit proposals according to the MERF Guidelines to:
MERF Research Manager

Awarding of Funding

The MERF Review Committee, chaired by the Associate Dean of Educational Development, will review applications.

PDFs For Download

  • MERF Application
  • MERF Award Criteria
  • MERF Fund Announcement
  • MERF Grant Outcomes Reporting form
  • MERF Guidelines 2023

  • 2022 Medical Education Research Fund (MERF) Awardees

    Nominated Principal Investigator: Lyn Power
    Title: “Residents as Teachers”: What best practices prepare family medicine residents to best support the undergraduate learning experience?

    Nominated Principal Investigator: Natalie Beausoleil
    Title: Featuring personal stories of chronic illnesses in medical education: the impact of theatre/performance-based learning for medical students, educators and clinicians

    Nominated Principal Investigator: Julia Trahey
    Title: Identifying and Developing Practice‐based Interprofessional Collaborator Competency Development Opportunities in NL