AAFP Foundation

PBRN Stimulation Grants 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.

Submission Deadlines

  • March 1
  • September 1 

When the deadline date falls on a weekend, proposals are due the following Monday.

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


  • 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.

What Qualifies

  • 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

Proposal Seeing:

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

Review Process

Only research grant applications that adhere to the instructions outlined in the PBRN Stimulation Grant Application Guidelines 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 the Research Committee (RC) for review and ranking. 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.
  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.

Other Information

Applicants are encouraged to remember that historically, most PBRN Stimulation Grants are awarded for $7,500 or less and are for projects of six month’s to one year's duration.

To request an application:
Phone: (800) 274-2237, ext. 4474
Fax: (913) 906-6095
Email: Sharon Hunt
Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) Stimulation Grants
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