AAFP Foundation

PBRN Stimulation Grant Fact Sheet

The AAFP Foundation Research Committee recognizes the increasing interest and demand for research projects conducted through practice based research networks. Research conducted in a Family Medicine setting will lead to improvements in the quality of care people receive when they go to the doctor– it makes a difference in people’s lives.

PBRN Stimulation Grants are awarded for up to $7,500 for projects of six month’s to one year's duration.

Submission Deadlines

March 1 and September 1.

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

What We Fund

PBRN Stimulation Grants award up to $7,500 for projects of six month’s to one year's duration. These grants are intended soley to support research.

  • Pilot projects or preliminary efforts involving research conducted through practice based research networks in Family Medicine settings. Projects should lead to the completion of a larger research project or be a catalyst for a large-scale project.
  • What does not qualify: cost for running/implementing programs, indirect costs, and support for activities such as videotape production, curriculum design, etc.

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 other electronic hardware
  • Capital acquisition of equipment


  • Grant applications are accepted from family physicians who are affiliated/associated with a PBRN in Family Medicine.
  • The principal investigator must be a family physician who is a member of the AAFP at the time of application.

How to Apply

PBRN Stimulation Grant Application (3-page Word file) and the PBRN Application Instructions (6-page PDF file) can be downloaded. 

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

Review Process

  1. Submitted applications first receive an administrative review to verify that it has been properly prepared and completed. Only applications that adhere to the application instructions will be reviewed and considered.
  2. Fully prepared applications are then submitted to the Research Committee (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.

Award Announcement

PBRN Stimulation Grants awards are typically announced within three months of the submission deadline.


Please contact Sharon Hunt at (800) 274-2237, ext. 4474
Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) Stimulation Grants

PBRN Stimulation Grant Fact Sheet

PBRN Stimulation Grant Abstracts

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