Faculty-Generated Research Grant Program

PAEA is seeking to fund a project that proposes rigorous, sophisticated methods and analyses to address novel research questions. To accomplish these goals, PAEA will provide 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.

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:

  1. Increasing clinical education capacity
  2. Attracting and retaining students and faculty from diverse backgrounds

Early-career faculty, as well as repeat applicants, are especially encouraged to apply. 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.

Projects that involve collaboration between member institutions and/or mentorship among experienced faculty researchers and junior PA researchers will also be given special consideration.

You can learn more about the projects that were selected and what made them competitive here.


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.

Application Process

Letters of Intent (LOIs) are now being accepted. For more information on required elements, formatting, blinding requirements, budgeting, and evaluation criteria, download the LOI submission guidelines. Before submitting, please carefully review the LOI submission guidelines for content, formatting, required materials, and more guidance. LOIs that are not formatted correctly or that are missing required elements may be delayed or not considered.

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.

Would you like to learn more about this research grant opportunity? Need advice or mentorship on your proposal? 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.

Previous Recipients

You can learn more about the projects that were selected and what made them competitive below.

Read about the 2019 recipients
Read about the 2018 recipients
Read about the 2017 recipients
Learn about past award winners and their projects