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 supports a wide range of clinical and basic science investigations including hypothesis-driven projects, research related to patient safety and quality improvement research (that follow the SQUIRE guidelines). 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: February 9, 2018
  • Application deadline: June 22, 2018
  • Awards announced: September 2018
  • Earliest funding begins: October 1, 2018

Applicant may delay start of funding to January 1, 2019, to allow sufficient time for IRB or IACUC approval. 

Award Details

The fund will be administered by the chief academic officer based on recommendations from the Academic Enrichment Fund Committee. The committee, comprised of Seattle Children’s clinicians from varied hospital departments, will review and rank the applications.


  • Amount awarded will be a maximum of $25,000 for studies with a single principal investigator (PI). Projects that involve more than one PI from different divisions or departments can apply for up to $40,000. Payment of indirect costs or PI salary is not allowed. 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 $2,500 per individual; limited to $5,000 for dual PIs). Travel must abide to Seattle Children’s travel and reimbursement policies. You must attach your abstract to your travel request to demonstrate that you are using travel monies for the purpose of presenting your work.
  • 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 PI and any co-PIs to be eligible for an award. 

  • Total FTE – must be a minimum of 0.6 FTE if part-time
  • Clinical FTE – must have 60% of total designated FTE dedicated to clinical service providing patient care at Seattle Children’s Hospital or a Seattle Children’s satellite
    • 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 investigator status on extramurally funded awards with less than 0.10 total combined FTE/salary support are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates with intramural support are eligible to apply.
  • Clinical faculty and staff (e.g., physicians, nurses, therapists, dietitians and other allied health professionals) are eligible.
  • Applicants may not have 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 as long as final progress reports have been submitted and approved. Academic Enrichment Fund Committee members are not eligible to apply.

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

Have questions? Review the Frequently Asked Questions section in the AEF Application Packet (DOC).

More Information

Colleen Lee
AEF Program Administrator

Eilieen Klein, MD, MPH 
AEF Committee Chair