AAFP Foundation

JGAP Fact Sheet

Submission Deadlines

There are two JGAP cycles for grant review each year. When the deadline date falls on a weekend, proposals are due the following Monday.

  • December 1
  • July 1 (deadline extended)

Grant awards are typically announced within six months of the submission deadlines.


The following candidates 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

JGAP encourages the submission of proposals for which a family physician is the principal investigator. In addition, priority will be given to new researchers or those who mentor new investigators on the research team.

There are some types of proposals that DO NOT qualify. These include proposals seeking:

  • Support for cost of instituting programs
  • Support for activities such as videotape production, curriculum design, or implementation of a project, etc.

The principal investigator or one of the co-investigators must be a member of the AAFP.

The principal investigator must be a Family Medicine researcher (a clinician or PhD)
, the one individual designated by the applicant organization to direct the project.

Proposals for the three AAFP Foundation research grant programs are reviewed by the Research Committee at each of its semi-annual meetings. While multiple proposals can be submitted to these programs, each proposal must be for a separate and unique project.

Review Process

Only research grant applications that adhere to the instructions outlined in the JGAP Application Guidelines (5-page PDF file) will be reviewed and considered for grant support per the following established procedures:
  1. An administrative review to verify that the application has been properly prepared and completed.
  2. Fully prepared applications are then submitted to two peers for a technical review and evaluation. Comments and recommendations from the peer reviewers are provided to the Research Committee (RC). Observations and comments made by peer reviewers will also be provided as feedback to applicants.
  3. Review and ranking of applications based upon the technical review and evaluations is done by the RC. The RC matches the rankings with available financial resources and makes recommendations for grant awards to the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. The RC offers suggestions or provides additional advice to applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a grant award to help strengthen the proposal for future submission.
  4. Recommendations for grant funding are made by the RC and the formal awarding of grants is done by the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees.

Other Information and Tips for Applicants

Effective for the second cycle of 2010, the maximum award has increased from $30,000 to $50,000. Even with the increase, most JGAP grant awards will be to support projects of one to two year's duration.

From time to time, funds may be available for restricted areas of inquiry or in a specific area of investigation and the Research Committee will announce a Request For Proposals (RFP) on this Web site and through network mailings.

To request an application:
Phone: (800) 274-2237, ext. 4474
Fax: (913) 906-6095
Email: Sharon Hunt
Joint Grant Awards Program
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