Foundation Grants for Family Medicine Residents
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Innovation and Research Grants

All MAFP resident members are invited to apply for an Innovation Grant or Research Grant. Both give family medicine residents the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, practice-based research and clinical care. Awards are funded by the MAFP Foundation.

Residents may apply for either grant as an individual or with a team. Projects should focus on improving patient care and outcomes and be important to family physicians.

Grant Categories

  • Family medicine research
  • Clinical innovations improving patient care
  • Clinic-community partnerships/outreach
  • Healthcare policy/family medicine advocacy

Grant Cycle
The MAFP Foundation reviews grant applications every May, September and December and selects awardees.

Application Deadlines
May 1, September 1, December 1

Grant Funding

  • Innovation Grants: Up to $1,000
  • Research Grants: $3,000, plus a $500 stipend for family physician mentor or the host community/clinic

Application Checklist

  • Applicants must be family medicine residents in Minnesota AND members of the AAFP/MAFP. Membership is FREE.
    • Not sure if you’re a member? Check with your residency program.
    • Not a member? Apply online.
  • Applicants must work with a family physician mentor. Mentors must also be members of AAFP/MAFP. Need assistance finding a mentor? Email Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.
  • Your project must fall under one of the grant categories identified above.
  • Projects must be based in Minnesota.

Apply for an Innovation Grant

  1. Download the Resident Innovation Grant Application (PowerPoint slide), complete it and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org. (See sample Innovation Grant application.)
  2. Have your family physician mentor write a letter of support and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.

Apply for a Research Grant

  1. Use this sample Resident Research Grant application to help you prepare your own request for funding. If you are new to research grant writing, this sample will guide you in the process.
  2. Download the Resident Research Grant Application (PowerPoint slide), complete it and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.
  3. Have your family physician mentor write a letter of support and email it to Lynn Balfour at lynn@mafp.org.

Award Process

  • Applicants are notified of funding status by email within two weeks of the application deadline.
  • If you are awarded a Research Grant, you will receive $1,500 at the start of your project and $1,500 upon completion of your project. If you are awarded an Innovation Grant, you will receive funding at the start of your project. Grants are considered taxable income.
  • Innovation Grant awardees have up to 12 months to complete their project. Research Grant awardees have up to 24 months to complete their project.
  • Awardees are required to share project findings at the MAFP Innovation & Research Forum, held annually on the first Saturday in March.
  • For Research Grants, mentors/host sites are eligible for a $500 stipend after your presentation at the MAFP Innovation & Research Forum.
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