Faculty-Generated Research Grant Program

The Faculty-Generated Research Grant Program funds projects that propose rigorous, sophisticated methods and analyses to address novel research questions. To accomplish these goals, PAEA provides a substantial investment of up to $50,000 for a study that meaningfully expands the existing body of knowledge on PA education and/or the PA profession.

This funding can be used for expenses such as supplementing personnel salary to protect dedicated time for their research, collecting data, traveling to a clinical site, funding a student research assistant (including work-study student), or purchasing materials needed for research.

The overall goals of the PAEA Faculty-Generated Research Grants program are to:

  • Promote quality scholarship regarding PA education and the PA field
  • Increase research capacity and collaboration across institutions
  • Encourage the development and training of emerging PA researchers

Early-career faculty and applicants that have submitted in previous years are especially encouraged to apply. While all proposals will be considered, preference will favor projects that address PAEA’s two key priority areas below. Projects that involve collaboration between member institutions and/or mentorship among experienced and junior PA faculty researchers will also receive special consideration.

  • Increasing clinical education capacity
  • Attracting and retaining students and faculty from diverse backgrounds


The principal investigator (PI) and any co-principal investigators (co-PIs) must be employed at least half-time (≥ .50 FTE) at a PAEA member program in good standing and full-time at the host institution of the PA program.

If a multi-investigator proposal is submitted, PIs and co-PIs should have a proven history of collaboration. The project’s co-PIs and co-investigator(s) (co-I) do not have to be PAs, but a PA must be involved in the project.

The next Call for Letters of Intent will open in Summer 2022.

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Would you like to learn more about this research grant opportunity? Need advice or mentorship on your project? The PAEA Research Team is available to answer questions and provide guidance on proposals. Please send your request to research@PAEAonline.org or call 703-651-8540.

Current Recipient

  • 2021-2022 Recipient: Using a best-worst scaling experiment to identify patient preferences for their primary care provider (PCP)
    Chris Gillette, PhD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Previous Recipients

  • 2020-2021 Recipient: Building a Regional Center of Excellence for Optimizing Clinical Education: A Randomized-Controlled Crossover Study of an Innovative Telehealth Model for PA Programs (The BRITE Study)
    Shani Fleming, MSHS, MPH, PA-C, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • 2019-2020 Recipient: Measuring the Value of Physician Assistants in Emergency Medicine Practice
    Tamara Ritsema, PhD, MPH, PA-C, The George Washington University
  • 2017-2018 Recipient: Best Practices in Onboarding PAs
    Perri Morgan PhD, PA-C, Duke University School of Medicine
  • 2016-2017 Recipient: Critical Thinking: Impact on PA Students and Programs
    Anthony Miller, MEd, PA-C, Shenandoah University
  • 2015-2016 Recipient: A National and State Level Analysis of Job Openings for Physician Assistants
    Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C, Duke University School of Medicine