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.

The program is administratively operated by the Center for Clinical and Translational Research business office. Applicants do not need to be a CCTR member to apply. 

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: April 7, 2017
  • Application deadline: June 23, 2017
  • Awards announced: September 2017
  • Earliest funding begins: October 1, 2017

Applicant may delay start of funding to July 1, 2018, to allow sufficient time for IRB or IACUC approval. 

Award Details

The fund's annual budget of approximately $350,000 will be administered by Dr. F. Bruder Stapleton, Seattle Children's chief academic officer, based on recommendations from the Academic Enrichment Fund Committee. The committee, composed of Seattle Children's clinicians from varied hospital departments, along with 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 $40,000 for projects that involve multiple eligible investigators from different divisions or departments. Payment of indirect costs or PI salary support is not allowed for this award.
  • Projects are two years in length.
  • Department/division chair must support the awarded recipient in helping to retain and protect adequate non-clinical time to complete the awarded AEF project. 

Allowable costs

  • Personnel (PI salary not allowed)
  • Travel (lodging, meals, transport, airfare, etc) for the PI to present findings related to the awarded project (limited to $2,000 per individual). Travel must abide by Seattle Children's travel and reimbursement policies.
  • 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 a minimum 0.60 FTE dedicated to clinical service at Seattle Children’s Hospital or a Seattle Children’s satellite and have grant support less than 0.10 FTE. If not yet appointed as a faculty member, a letter from the division head/department chair should be supplied stating the date of appointment will commence at or before the time that AEF funding begins. 
  • 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 less than 0.10 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

Colleen Lee
AEF Program Administrator

Michael Goldberg
AEF Committee Chair