Research Support

The Academy will advance the importance of educational scholarship by supporting faculty in their pursuit of a rigorous educational research agenda. Scholarly activity within the Academy will lend credibility to the education component of Duke’s tripartite mission and contribute to advancing the field of health professions education. It will provide a framework for affirming the value of educational contributions in promotion and tenure processes.


  • offer assistance and resources to faculty who wish to conduct educational research
  • provide a forum to share ideas and opportunities about education innovations and research
  • support an education focused IRB committee

Innovation Grants

The Academy will work to foster innovation in education. It will fund proposals to pilot educational innovation and assist faculty in shepherding their ideas from concept to implementation. Proposal should include a description of the innovation to be implemented and a plan for assessing the outcomes. These innovation grants will be available only to members of the Academy.

Education Interest Groups

The Academy will host and support Education Interest Groups (EIGs). EIGs are intended to facilitate discussion around current issues, challenges and opportunities, as well as to develop innovative strategies for health professions education. They emphasize teaching, research and administration of complex graduate health professions education programs. It is anticipated that some EIGs may result in proposals for innovation grants.

EIGs may be formed around such topics as:

  • Interprofessional education (working in teams, communication, patient safety)
  • The future of health professions education (keeping ahead of anticipated changes in health care delivery models)
  • Innovation in education and assessment (evidence-based teaching, team-based learning, reverse engineering, assessment in simulated environments)
  • Technology in teaching and learning (simulation, gaming, web-based resources, distance learning)
  • Streamlining education across the continuum (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate/lifelong)
  • Leadership and administration in health professions education and accreditation
  • Health care delivery and clinical-outcomes based education (linking educational programs to patient outcomes)
  • Educational informatics / analytics