Don Pedersen Research Grants Program

The PAEA Research Team and Grants and Scholarship Review Committee invite PA faculty to submit proposals for the 2018 Don Pedersen Research Grants Program. Several grants of up to $7,000 may be awarded, with a total possible allotment of $21,000.

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

We are now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 cycle, and submissions are due Wednesday, August 22. Funding will be distributed immediately after the proposals have been selected.

Submission Guidelines

Download Guidelines

Proposals (one blinded and one original, unblinded) must be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments no later than 12:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, August 22, 2018, to PAEA at If you do not receive a confirmation within two days of submission, please email or call Nikki Frias at or 703-667-4353 to confirm that your submission was received.

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The Don Pedersen Research Grants program initially began in 1997 as the Association of Physician Assistant Programs Research Institute Small Grants program. Pedersen’s first donation to the program occurred that same year. The present endowment, with donations and subsequent board contributions, was created in 2013 to fully fund the program. The name of the grants program was then changed to the Don Pedersen Research Grants program to honor Pedersen’s generous contributions.

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