The purpose of the Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF) Program is to cultivate and support the scholarship and research of clinicians who devote the majority of their effort to clinical service and medical education.

The fund is established to support a wide range of activities, including hypothesis-driven investigations, educational programs, research related to patient safety or medical administration, QI/QA projects and the establishment and implementation of databases or registries.

Examples of recently funded projects include:

  • Impact of pre-existing pulmonary hypertension on outcome after pediatric heart transplantation
  • Neonatal CMV infection: a comparative effectiveness study of transfusion safety
  • Advanced MR cartilage mapping in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Effect of active utilization management on the value and cost of genetic testing

Key Dates

  • Program announcement: March 2016
  • Application deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Awards announced: September 2016
  • Earliest funding begins: October 1, 2016

Applicant may delay start of funding to July 1, 2017 to allow sufficient time for IRB or IACUC approval.

Award Details

The fund's annual budget of ≥ $350,000 will be administered by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Bruder Stapleton based on recommendations from the Academic Enrichment Fund Committee. The Committee, composed of Children's clinicians from varied hospital departments, along with Dr. Stapleton, established eligibility criteria, formulated the application and review processes, and will review and rank the applications.


  • Amount awarded will be a maximum of $25,000 per individual applicant and up to $50,000 for projects that involve multiple eligible investigators from different divisions or departments. Payment of indirect costs is not allowed for this Award.
  • Projects are two years in length.
  • On average, the program funds 10 to 12 application per year.

Allowable costs

  • Personnel (PI salary not allowed)
  • Travel (limited to $2,000 per individual)
  • Supplies and research equipment
  • Other expenses, such as fees for core services*

* Seattle Children’s/University of Washington core services must be used when available. Detailed justification is required for core service requests outside of Seattle Children’s or the University of Washington.

See the AEF Award Terms and Conditions for more information.


All of the following criteria must be met by the applicant AND any co-applicants to be eligible for an award.

  • Must hold an appointment with ≥60% FTE dedicated to clinical service at Seattle Children’s Hospital or a Seattle Children’s satellite
  • No active extramural research support as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI (includes federal, external non-profit or industry funding) at the time of application submission. Candidates with intramural support are eligible to apply. Candidates with investigator status with ≤10% total combined FTE/salary support on extramurally funded awards are eligible to apply.
  • Nurses, therapists, dietitians and other allied health professionals are eligible in addition to physicians.
  • No active AEF support at the time of application submission. Candidates who completed AEF supported projects on/before the application due date are eligible to apply. Final progress reports must have been submitted and approved for any prior AEF projects to be considered complete.
  • Academic Enrichment Fund Committee members are not eligible to apply.

Note: The funds are not intended to support the research of established funded investigators. However, an individual who does not meet one or more of these criteria may serve as project "mentor," provided the roles of the mentor and principal investigator and the independent nature of the principal investigator's project are clearly delineated in a supporting letter to accompany the application.

More Information

Teresa Bui
AEF Program Administrator

Michael Goldberg
AEF Committee Chair