Don Pedersen Research Grants Program


The PAEA Research Council and the Grants & Scholarship Review Work Group invite PA faculty to submit proposals for the 2017 Don Pedersen Research Grants. Multiple grants of up to $7,000 each may be awarded, with a total possible allotment of $21,000. Submissions are due by Wednesday, August 9. Funding will be distributed immediately after the proposals have been selected.

The Don Pedersen Research Grants Program is intended to foster PA faculty development in the area of research  — both about PA education and workforce issues. The program is not intended to fund research on clinical practice.

Competitive submissions:

  • Are likely to yield high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly work
  • Demonstrate collaboration between researchers of different experience levels, and/or between researchers from different institutions
  • Are submitted by PA faculty who are new to research or who have not been previously funded by the Research Grants Program
  • Are aligned with the PAEA Strategic Plan
  • Receive high scores on the evaluation criteria

Eligibility Criteria

The principal investigator must:

  • Be a faculty member in good standing at an accredited PAEA member program
  • Be employed by the program for a minimum of 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE or greater)
  • Have proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission, approval, or exemption. If the proposal is still under review, please include the most up-to-date correspondence with the IRB and an estimated date by which approval or exemption will be granted.
  • Be able to complete the research project within 18 months of receiving the award, and submit a final project report to the Research Council within 90 days of the end of the study
  • Submit the research findings for presentation at the PAEA Education Forum within one year from the conclusion of the project
  • Acknowledge PAEA, the Research Council, the Grants & Scholarship Review Work Group, and the Don Pedersen Research Grants Program in all scholarly work resulting from the funded project (e.g., presentations, publications, or posters)

The Research Grants Program supports:

  • Equipment
  • Supplies/materials
  • Operations
  • Labor, personnel, or consulting costs
  • Travel or other expenses related to the preparation of posters or presentation of findings (up to $1,000)

Applying for matching institutional support is encouraged, but not required.

The Research Grants Program does not support:

  • Indirect or administrative costs
  • Capital improvements, construction, or purchasing costs
  • General operating expenses
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Personal expenses for educational advancement
  • Projects that relate to development of new curriculum
  • Ongoing projects to improve the classroom
  • Software costs of more than $1,000 (e.g., survey software licensing, SPSS, or other statistical software packages)

Proposal Format Requirements

  • Proposals and all attachments must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents only, with the exception of IRB documentation, which will be accepted in any format. Documents submitted in other software programs, such as .pdf files, will not be accepted.
  • Proposals must be in 12-point Times New Roman font, left justified, with 1.5 line spacing, and have 1-inch margins.
  • Proposals must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, August 9 to be considered.
  • Appendices should include the principal investigator’s complete and updated CV and a copy of the survey instrument, if one is being used as part of the proposal.
  • The principal investigator must submit both a blinded and an original, unblinded copy of the proposal and supplemental documents, including CVs. Only the cover page and IRB documentation need not be blinded.
  • Proposals not submitted according to the guidelines will be disqualified.

Formatting Details

Only six pages will be accepted for the basic proposal, excluding appendices. Applicants should submit both a blinded and an original, unblinded copy of all materials, excluding the cover page and proof of IRB submission, approval, or exemption. Content should be formatted as follows:

Cover Page

Page 1

  • Abstract (200-word limit)

Pages 2-4 (must include all sections)

  • Research question(s) and/or problem statement(s)
  • Background and brief review of literature on the topic, including what new knowledge will be generated and significance of research questions to PAEA’s Strategic Plan, in particular, and PA education or workforce studies, in general
  • Objectives, aims, or hypotheses of the proposed research question
  • Methods including information regarding sampling, data collection, timetable, and approval by an Institutional Review Board
  • Analytic plan including detail regarding specific quantitative statistical tests and/or qualitative data analysis plans, and how they address the research question(s)
  • Dissemination plans and anticipated impact on PA education or the PA field

Page 5

  • References in AMA style (may be single-spaced)

Page 6

  • Budget, which should specify:
    • Itemized budget line items
    • Time commitment of all individuals participating in the project
  • The budget may exceed the $7,000 cap offered by the Research Council but must specify how any additional costs over $7,000 will be covered.

Appendices (no page limit)

  • PI’s complete, current CV
  • Letter from program director or dean attesting to the PI’s relationship and appointment to the PA program
  • Description of any collaborative efforts with other faculty or programs, including specific details regarding each member’s role, contributions to the present study, and prior PAEA grant funding history
  • Evidence of IRB submission, approval, or exemption from the PI’s institution. Documentation will be accepted in any format and should not be blinded.
  • Copy of survey instruments if one is used in the proposed study. If the proposed study is to develop a survey, submit a draft or outline of the instrument.

Blinding Requirements

All applicants must submit a blinded copy of all application materials, excluding the cover page, and proof of IRB submission, approval, or exemption. Materials must be fully blinded (i.e., no identifying information may be included). Identifying information includes letterhead, mentions of participating institutions in the proposal, as well as the following information commonly found in curricula vitae (CVs):

  • Researcher’s name and contact information
  • Institutions from which researcher received degrees
  • Institutions where researcher has been employed
  • Membership in organizations (e.g., Texas Association of Physician Assistants) and presentations given at regional conferences
  • Researcher’s name in publications and awarded grants
  • Geographically or institutionally identifying information in publication titles (e.g., “Health outcomes among a sample of women in Philadelphia”)

Blinded CVs must be named using the convention “CV_PI,” “CV_CoPI1,” “CV_CoPI2,” “CV_CoI1,” “CV_CoI2,” etc.

Overlaying a shape and/or changing the font or background of identifying text is not sufficient. This guide contains useful information on how to appropriately blind your application materials. You may also email with questions. Applications without a blinded set of materials will not be reviewed.


Proposals (one blinded and one original, unblinded) must be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments no later than 11:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday, August 9 to PAEA at If you do not receive a confirmation within two days of submission, please contact Nikki Frias at or 703-667-4353 to confirm that your submission was received.

Questions concerning this grants program should be addressed to