AAFP Foundation

JGAP Fact Sheet

The Joint Grant Awards Program (JGAP) provides up to $50,000 for research projects that have significant relevancy to Family Medicine. The program plays a major role in building research capacity by giving priority funding to new researchers or to those who mentor new investigators on the research team. Below is information on how you can apply for a JGAP grant.

Submission Deadlines

There are two JGAP cycles annually. For each cycle, the deadline to submit an application is:

  • January 7 
  • July 7

When the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, proposals are due the following workday.

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What We Fund

  • Projects of one or two years duration
  • Proposals that are for a separate and unique project

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What We Do Not Fund

  • Cost for running/implementing the program
  • Indirect or overhead costs
  • Travel of an investigator to present research findings at a professional meeting, conference or seminar
  • Acquisition of computers or other electronic hardware
  • Capital acquisition of equipment


The principal investigator must be a Family Medicine researcher (a clinician or PhD). The principal investigator or one of the co-investigators must be a member of the AAFP. Priority is given to new researchers or those who mentor new investigators on the research team. The following may apply:

  • Individual family physicians.
  • Family Medicine organizations or associations.
  • Family Medicine residency programs.
  • Department of Family Medicine.
  • Education and health care institutions or organizations that will use the JGAP support exclusively for research projects directly involving and impacting Family Medicine.

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How to Apply

The JGAP application (3-page Word file) and the application instructions (7-page PDF) are available for download.

Details about the grant application, including submission requirements, are contained in the application instructions.

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Review Process

  1. Applications first receive an administrative review to verify that the application has been properly prepared and completed. Only those that adhere to the application instructions will be reviewed and considered.
  2. Fully prepared applications are then submitted to the Research Commitee (RC) for review and ranking.
  3. Recommendations for grant funding are made by the RC and the formal awarding of grants is done by the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.
  4. Feedback from the RC is provided to applicants whose submissions are not funded.

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Award Announcement

  • JGAP awards for applications with a January 7 submission deadline are announced in late May to early June.
  • JGAP awards for applications with a July 7 submission deadline are announced in late November to early December.

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Please contact Sharon Hunt at (800) 274-2237, ext. 4474.

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