The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) teamed with the Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) to launch a series of new research grants in the field of surgical education and training.

The grants, available annually for up to £3,000, can be used to support either a research study or evaluation of a teaching innovation in any field of surgical education and training. ASME and FST have launched the grants to help promote research in those area, and encourage improvements in surgical training practice.

ASME is an organization that works to promote excellence across the continuum of clinical education and training and to promote high-quality research into medical education and training via its grants, journals, conferences and meetings. FST is a venture set up by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to champion the role of the surgical trainer and ensure patient safety through excellence in surgical training.

“Research into surgical education training is a vital activity if we are to continue to produce high-quality training programs," says Craig Mcllhenny, Surgical Director of FST and consultant urological surgeon in NHS Forth Valley. “This partnership between FST and ASME will allow surgeons to work with world-class medical education researchers, and it will advance surgical education research to the benefit of trainers, trainees and patients.”

Applications are now open and the deadline for submissions is Friday, May 27, 2016. For more information visit: www.asme.org.uk/grants-awards/current-grants-awards/asme-fst-grant.html.