GME Seed grant


2023-24 Seed Grant Awardees

  • POCUS Bingo:  A Novel Way of Increasing Independent Resident POCUS Practice (Olivia Schimmel, Alexander Christofis, and Kanika Bhatara, Family Medicine residents; Kathryn Cox, faculty mentor)

  • Next Generation Sequencing for Diagnosis and Treatment of Cutaneous Follicular Lymphoma (Hailey Olds, Dermatology resident, and Darius Mehregan, Hermann Pinkus Chair of Dermatology)


GME is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 cycle
Details on program requirements, deliverables, and links to application forms are found below. 
Questions?  Contact the GME Research Coordinator Dr. Heidi Kenaga


Resident engagement in scholarly activity fuels innovation and helps ensure that physicians of the future will possess the skills necessary to support continued improvement in health care and provide effective patient care.  WSUGME is strongly committed to maintaining a supportive environment that encourages all aspects of scholarship.  To encourage resident participation in scholarly activities, WSUGME advocated for designated funding for a resident research grant program.  Residents can apply for Seed Grants in amounts up to $2500.  Depending on the number and quality of submissions received, proposals for larger amounts may be considered. 

Two types of projects will be considered for funding:  (1) Research or (2) Quality Improvement.  

WSUGME staff would be happy to review and offer feedback on a draft of any Seed Grant proposal prior to submission.  Please send to the GME Research Coordinator at


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

Time Frame

The project timeline must be realistic; ideally, the resident should be able to complete the project within 1 year.  

Deadlines for Application

WSUGME is now accepting applications for the 2023-24 cycle.  Contact Dr. Kenaga for more information.


  •  Applicants must complete the relevant grant application, for either a Research or a QI project (see links below), including specific budget details. Prospective applicants may wish to review this table as a guide to determining whether the project is Research or QI. Queries may also be sent to the GME Research Coordinator at
  • Applicants must provide documentation of IRB review (approval letter or statement of exemption or waiver); applications without such documentation will not be reviewed
  • Applicants must identify a designated faculty mentor for the project. The mentor should have research or QI experience and be knowledgeable in the specific field related to the project
  • The applicant and her/his project mentor must agree upon a clear mentoring plan that supports the resident's successful completion of the project. Applicants will ensure that the faculty mentor sends an email approval of the proposed project and mentoring plan to WSUGME (
  • Awardees must submit both a 6-month progress report and a 1-year completion report as a condition of receiving funding

Links to application forms:

Research Projects

Quality Improvement Projects

Review and Notification Process

All qualifying proposals will be evaluated by 1-2 faculty reviewer(s), and applicants will receive reviewer comments. Funding will be 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, and projects that are awarded funding will be showcased on the WSUGME website, announced in the Residency Times newsletter, and promoted on WSUSOM social media outlets.


If the proposal is approved, the funds will be awarded to the resident's program.  The funds should be used as outlined in the approved budget/proposal and will be monitored by the residency program administrator.  Costs and unit numbers needed for the project should be determined ahead of time, since specific budget details are required for funding to be considered.  Upon conclusion of the project, an end-of-project close-out report should be sent to WSUGME.  Acceptable uses of funding include:  Contractual personnel, supplies, software, and/or equipment required to complete the project; printing costs; IT personnel costs for pulling reports from the EMR for QI projects; cell lines or other lab material costs for Research projects.  Note:  Funding cannot be used for travel, journal publication fees, or conference registration fees.

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 conference, either as a poster (abstract) or oral presentation, or by publication of a manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal.