ABA-FAER Research Grant

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) are co-sponsoring a FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant to advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in the key elements of education in anesthesiology—curriculum, instruction and assessment.


Information on the 2020 grant will be available later this year.


The goal of the FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant is to provide an outstanding research experience for an anesthesiologist on faculty at an academic institution who is interested in graduate medical education and physician lifelong learning.

Applicants will provide their hypothesis-driven concept for a research project as a part of the application, with the understanding that this concept may be further developed or modified as a part of the research experience. Proposed research projects should address one of the following elements of ABA certification:

  1. The value of primary certification and the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program (MOCA®) to clinicians and the public, including assessment of how certification is related to clinical performance and novel means to analyze and utilize data, or

  2. The validity and impact of the ABA’s new primary certification program—the staged examination process (BASIC, ADVANCED, APPLIED Examinations), including reliability and novel measures of external validity.  

The ABA will provide the grant recipient with mentoring and access to ABA Board resources, which may include de-identified physician data, data analysis expertise and other tools necessary to design, conduct and report the project. The grantee may also pursue primary data collection based on their research question. Applicants who are not experienced with education research should propose a primary mentor from their own institution.

The grantee will conduct most of his or her research activities at their home institution and may spend up to two weeks per year at the ABA headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., where they will have access to mentors, staff, data and other Board resources. The ABA will pay for travel expenses.


The following materials will be submitted as a part of the application:

  1. A precis outlining the background, rationale, specific aims, and approach to the proposed project (500 words).

  2. A description of the candidate’s background and interests in education research (500 words).

  3. A career development plan, including long-term career goals, and how the FAER/ABA award will contribute to these goals (500 words). Those applicants proposing a primary mentor from their own institution should include the role of the mentor in this plan.

  4. A biosketch (Biosketch template).

  5. For those applicants without a track record of education research, a letter of support from a primary mentor (preferably with experience in education research) that includes a description of the mentor's qualifications.

  6. Letter of support from the department chair, including a commitment to providing at least 40% of protected effort to conduct the proposed research and time to travel to the ABA offices for up to two weeks annually.

  7. An itemized budget.



If you have questions, please email  ABA_FAER_GRANT@theABA.org.

The mission of the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. The Board administers primary and subspecialty certification exams as well as the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, which is designed to promote lifelong learning, a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. Based in Raleigh, N.C., the ABA is a nonprofit organization and a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  For over 30 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology.  Charitable contributions and other support help FAER fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. FAER has several funding mechanisms including training grants, grants which fund research in education, and partnering with other organizations to fund anesthesiology-related research.

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