Interested in Grant-Writing? Explore New PAEA Federal Funding Opportunity Resources

In recent years, federal investments to support PA programs in their efforts to meet their mission have increased significantly. Each year, the Health Resources and Services Administration distributes millions of dollars to support primary care training, access to health professions education for underrepresented minority students, and other key workforce development priorities. To fully utilize this available funding, it is critical that PA educators have the skills necessary to successfully compete for grant opportunities.

To help meet this need, PAEA has developed a new channel in the Digital Learning Hub (DLH) focused on developing the grant-writing skills of PA faculty. The platform includes helpful resources such as sample funding opportunity notices, fact sheets on the grant-writing process, videos on myths regarding federal grants, and success stories of PA programs that have previously been awarded funding, such as the recent Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students grantees. This channel will serve as a continuously updated resource for faculty interested in cultivating new skills or staying apprised of emerging funding opportunities.

In addition to this new DLH resource, we are also excited to announce the beginning of a new grant-writing webinar series. The first session will be focused on Primary Care Training and Enhancement (PCTE) grants, one of the largest sources of federal funding available to support PA programs. On September 3, members are invited to join PAEA at 3:00 p.m. ET for “PCTE Grants: Tips and Tricks for PA Faculty,” a presentation and panel discussion led by PAEA staff and PA faculty who have successfully applied for and administered PCTE awards. Panelists will include:

  • Jacqueline Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C – Program Director, Duke University PA program
  • Paula Phelps, MHE, PA-C – Associate Director, Service Learning Coordinator, and Professor, Idaho State University PA program
  • Christa Dobbs, MPAS, PA-C – Program Director, Red Rocks Community College PA program
  • Erika Iverson, MPH – Director of Grants, Red Rocks Community College
  • Dave Keahey, MSPH, PA-C – Chief Policy and Research Officer, Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Tyler Smith, MPH – Director of Government Relations, Physician Assistant Education Association

Members who would like to submit questions in advance of this webinar or who have general questions regarding federal funding opportunities should contact Tyler Smith at