Faculty-Generated Research Grant Program

PAEA’s Faculty-Generated Research Grant Program funds projects that proposes 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, so that the grantee can focus on establishing a new line of research; collecting preliminary data; traveling to a clinical site or to collect data; funding a student research assistant (including work-study student); or purchasing materials needed for research. 

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Letters of intent are no longer being accepted for the 2020-2021 Faculty-Generated Research Grant. Selected finalists will be invited to submit full proposals for funding consideration.

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

All proposals in these fields will be considered but preference will favor projects that address PAEA’s two key priority areas:

  • 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 this is a multi-investigator proposal, 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. 

Early-career faculty, as well as repeat applicants, are especially encouraged to apply. Projects that involve collaboration between member institutions and/or mentorship among experienced faculty researchers and junior PA researchers will also be given special consideration.  

Current Recipient

  • 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

Previous Recipients

  • 2019–2020 Recipient: What’s Working? A National Assessment of Best Practices in Diversifying the Physician Assistant Workforce
    Carolyn Bradley-Guidry DrPH, PA-C, BSN UT Southwestern
  • 2018–2019 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 A. 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