Foundation Grants for Emerging Resident Leaders
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Innovation Grants for Residents

Develop your clinical and research talents as a family physician. Work on your own or with a team of residents to apply for a $1,000 innovation grant to design and implement a project that improves patient care and the specialty of family medicine. Grants are used to advance an idea/hypothesis or to secure larger grants for a project in collaboration with non-profit organizations, under-served communities and clinic partners. Develop your talents as a family physician. Work under the guidance of a family physician mentor. Residents must be enrolled in a family medicine residency program in Minnesota and a member of the MAFP. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.

Innovation grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Application deadlines: Dec. 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018.

Instructions for completing the Innovation grant application are listed below.

Research Grants for Residents

Experience first hand how practice-based research can influence the clinical care of patients. Each research endeavor is eligible to receive a $3,000 grant (mentor/host site receives a $500 stipend) to fund project expenses. Work independently or with a team residents to design a research project that focuses on the unique needs of patients, offers new ideas to deliver better health care, and improves patient outcomes. This grant is perfect for the beginner researcher. With guidance from a family physician mentor, select an area of interest that advances patient care, design a project, implement the project, and present the findings at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.

Research grant applications are accepted throughout the year. Application deadlines: Dec. 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018.

Instructions for submitting a Resident Research Grant Application are listed below.

Click here to see an excellent example of a successful grant application.

Apply for a Resident Innovation Grant

  1. Check with your residency program to ask about your MAFP membership status. Click here to join online. Residents and mentors must be members of the AAFP/ MAFP.
  2. Determine a project concept of interest that may be completed in under 30 hours.
  3. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.
  4. Connect with a family physician mentor to determine scope of project.
  5. Determine if this project will be submitted by a team of family medicine residents or an individual family medicine resident.
  6. Download the Resident Innovation Grant Application Template and save over it to complete your own slide. Revise and redesign as needed.
  7. Click here to see a guide for writing a research grant proposal.
  8. Submit a one page slide application to lbalfour@mafp.org at any time.
  9. In your application, include your plans to present and share your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.
  10. Include a budget with project expenses and reasonable personnel expenses.
  11. Ask your family physician mentor to submit a one page letter of support via email to lbalfour@mafp.org.
  12. Respond to clarifying questions, if requested.
  13. Wait for response from the MAFP Foundation Board of Directors which meets quarterly to review grant proposals.
  14. If selected, receive full ($1,000) or partial grant funding.
  15. Complete a grant agreement and submit W-9.
  16. Begin project, provide status report at 4 months, and end project.
  17. Submit updated slide of project findings to lbalfour@mafp.org within one month of project completion.
  18. Present and share your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.

Apply for a Resident Research Grant

  1. Check with your residency program to ask about your MAFP membership status. Click here to join online. Residents and mentors must be members of the AAFP/ MAFP.
  2. Projects should focus on improving patient care and be important to family physicians.
  3. Determine your research question and methodology.
  4. Connect with a family physician mentor to determine scope of research project.
  5. Download a Resident Research Grant Application Template and save over it to complete your slide application. Revise and redesign as needed.
  6. Submit one page application slide to lbalfour@mafp.org.
  7. In your application, include your plans to present and share your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.
  8. Submit a budget of project expenses and reasonable personnel expenses.
  9. Ask your family physician mentor to submit a one page letter of support via email to lbalfour@mafp.org.
  10. Respond to clarifying questions, if requested.
  11. Wait for response from MAFP Foundation Board of Directors which meets quarterly to review grant proposals.
  12. If selected for full or partial funding, complete a grant agreement and W-9.
  13. Receive $1,500 of grant funding in Year 1 of the project.
  14. Run research project. You have up to 24 months to complete the project.
  15. Complete a brief project status form when requested by the MAFP Foundation usually at 4 month intervals.
  16. Receive $1,500 of grant funding in Year 2 of the project after providing brief project status.
  17. Provide updated slide of project findings to lbalfour@mafp.org within one month of project research or similar research findings slide.
  18. Mentor receives $500 after project findings slide is submitted.
  19. Present and share your findings at requested Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Innovation & Research Forum.
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