ICVA Assessment Grant Program

The ICVA Assessment Grant program was developed by the Academic Veterinary Assessment Committee in 2019. Its purpose is to support research into assessment practices in veterinary medical education world wide.  Proposals that demonstrate capacity in building knowledge of assessment practices/methods (whether pre-clinical or clinical) are best suited for this grant. Total funding available for projects is $10,000 USD and projects are limited to a period of two years.


Suggested areas of interest/themes that may be considered are:

  1. Assessing competencies across the curriculum
  2. Outcome assessment
  3. Assessment of clinical reasoning
  4. Assessment of basic science knowledge
  5. Assessment of teaching
  6. Assessment of selection criteria
  7. Other similar areas focusing on assessment research

Criteria for submission:

  • Applicants must be faculty from AVMA accredited schools

  • Applicants must complete the required forms including the Letter of Intent and full proposal documentation

Information regarding the application timeline and process may be found below.

Typical Timeline for the Grant Application Process

  • May 16: Grant announcement and forms made available here
  • June 24: Deadline for Letter of Intent 
  • August 1: Full proposal invitation
  • September 30: Submission deadline
  • October: Application review
  • November 30: Applicants notified of awards

Questions regarding the grant competition or inquiries about how best to proceed, please contact Dr. Kent Hecker.


ICVA Assessment Grant Winners

2019 Grant Program Recipients:

Dr. Harold Bok and his research assistant, Dr. Lubberta de Jong, Utrecht University:“Can we effectively assess students’ learning over time? The informative function of students’ learning trajectories in high-stakes decision making."

Dr. Martina Mosing and her associates, Drs. Anthea Raisis, Melinda Bell, Cristy Secombe, and Ms. Silvia Dewiyanti, Murdoch University School of Veterinary Medicine: “The use of an e-portfolio for summative assessment of clinical skills in veterinary medicine.”


2020 Grant Program Recipients:

Dr. Carla Gartrell and her co-investigator, Dr. Abolfazl Ghasemi, Midwestern University, College of Veterinary Medicine: “Longitudinal Tracking of Outcomes Assessment: Growth Trajectories of Student Academic Success.”

Dr. Sam Karpen, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine: “Examining the psychometric properties of virtual objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE)s and how the move to online affects the quality of the assessments.”


2021 Grant Program Recipients:

Dr. India Lane and co-investigator Dr. Misty Bailey, University of Tennessee: “Assessing across the Curricula- University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine”. 


Elements of a Good Assessment Grant Proposal

Proposals that demonstrate capacity in building knowledge of assessment practices/methods (whether pre-clinical or clinical) are best suited for this grant. This recent In Focus article provides an overview of elements to include and what grant reviewers are looking for.