Catalyst Award

Funding Agency:
Macy Foundation, Josiah Jr.

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is pleased to announce the second cycle of the Catalyst Awards for Transformation in Graduate Medical Education.

We are particularly interested in proposals that aim to impact the clinical learning environment and improve the experience of learners in one of the three priority areas supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation:

  • Promoting diversity, equity, and belonging
  • Increasing high-performing, interprofessional teams
  • Preparing future health professionals to navigate ethical dilemmas

Successful proposals will describe, implement, and evaluate innovative strategies to equip learners with the tools, skills, and strategies to flourish in graduate medical education. Examples of topics might include:     

  • Teaching residents in their role as advocates in enhancing health equity
  • Creating a culture of safety in the clinical learning environment
  • Supporting residents in managing ethical dilemmas in the clinical learning environment
  • Enhancing fairness in assessment
  • Promoting strategies to support learners with disabilities
  • Implementing coaching strategies for promoting learning and growth mindset
  • Developing effective approaches for remediation of struggling learners
  • Supporting residents in building trusting relationships with patients

Interested faculty at Duke can contact Brooke Church ( for assistance with their application.

Deadline: Sep. 15, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applications may be submitted by any resident, fellow and/or faculty member involved with graduate medical education.



Amount Description

  • Six projects will be selected to receive up to $50,000 over a one-year period

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident


Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 15, 2023