The CIRCLE grant program was created by the Dean for Medical Education, Ray Mitchell, M.D., in 2001, to stimulate creativity and reward excellence in undergraduate medical education. His vision was to make a substantial investment over several years to enable faculty to pursue innovative educational initiatives for the benefit of our medical students and the institution. Using institutionally-funded protected time, this investment was designed to provide energy for competitive faculty-driven curricular improvement, and competition it has been. To date, we have reviewed over 160 applications to fund over 60 grants. A number of them have already led to additional external funding and virtually all have changed the culture of our curriculum at Georgetown.