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Primary Care Residency Grant

Grants to Minnesota Medical Residency Programs to Develop
or Expand Residency-Related Training Opportunities

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

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07/02/21 4:30 PM Central Time - Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota programs and sponsors of medical residency positions to expand residencies and training opportunities for physicians. Funding is intended to support the creation of new programs, the enhancement of existing ones, and the training of residents in new positions. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in geriatrics, general pediatrics, family medicine, general surgery, psychiatry, and general internal medicine.

Minnesota Statutes Section 144.1506 was enacted to address, in part, the medical residency shortage by awarding grants to support new Primary Care Residency positions/slots, or new Primary Care Residency programs. This grant program assists existing or proposed Primary Care Residency programs in Minnesota by funding costs associated with creating new residency programs, and training eligible residents in newly created slots.

The Primary Care Residency Grant program will serve all Minnesotans in need of health care by ensuring the state is increasing the number of primary care physicians in each of the eligible primary care provider fields recognized in Minnesota Statutes Section 144.1506 (listed above).

Grant outcomes will include:

  • Sustainability of Minnesota’s pool of primary care physicians resulting from the creation of new primary care residency slots and primary care residency programs that, once created, are required to be maintained throughout the entire three-year grant period and beyond.
  • Introducing primary care physicians to underserved populations while in residency, thereby fostering their interest in, and commitment to serving those most in need. 

Priority will be given to applications that clearly define and address how their program will focus on creating or expanding residency slots in the primary care residency fields listed above, and expanding the number of residency positions in rural Minnesota.

Note: Primary Care Residency Programs are invited, but not required, to support residency training for immigrant international Medical Graduates through the Primary Care Residency Grant Program. Immigrant International Medical Graduates (IIMG) reside in Minnesota for at least two years, and are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and are committed to providing primary care in a rural or underserved area in Minnesota post residency.

How applicants propose to use grant funds to address health equity will factor into the competitive grant selection.

Grant funds may be used for:

  • Planning related to establishing an accredited primary care residency program;
  • Obtaining accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or another national body that accredits residency programs;
  • Recruitment, training and retention of new primary care residents;
  • Travel and lodging for new primary care residents;
  • Salary and fringe of new primary care residents, as well as faculty and preceptors related to training new primary care residents;
  • Training site improvements, fees, equipment, and supplies required for new primary care residents; and/or
  • Support for clinical education in which primary care residents are part of a primary care team model.

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GrantWatch ID#: 161880

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Eligible primary care residency programs may receive up to $75,000 for planning projects, and up to $300,000 per new primary care residency slot, over three years.

Over the three-year contract, the maximum award for each new slot will be $150,000 in year 1, $100,000 in year 2, and $50,000 in year 3.

For eligible residency programs longer than three years, training grants may be awarded for the duration of the residency, not exceeding an average of $100,000 per residency slot per year.

Term of Contract:

For selected grantees, the anticipated date of the contract is January 2022, and the first available quarterly invoice may be submitted April 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are programs, sponsors and potential sponsors of primary care residency positions that fulfill all of the following criteria:
- Are located in Minnesota; and
- Train, or propose to train medical residents in the following primary care specialties: Family medicine, General internal medicine, General pediatrics, Psychiatry (including child psychiatry fellowships), General surgery, or Geriatric fellowship; and
- Train, or propose to train medical residents primarily within Minnesota; and
- Can demonstrate current accreditation and compliance with the Institutional and Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in the specialties listed above of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), or submit a credible plan to obtain accreditation
- Propose to create one or more new primary care residency slots; and
- Can demonstrate that an application to expand primary care residency slots is for the creation of a new slot: Applicants that currently conduct resident training must define and justify a baseline number of residents in the eligible specialty, and commit to maintaining the baseline for the upcoming three years; and applicants must agree to maintain the total number of residents including the established baseline number and the new resident(s) to be supported with grant funding.
- Eligible applicants must agree to maintain an expanded number of residents and verify the number each year in order to continue to receive funds.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Fundraising
- Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
- Lobbyists, political contributions
- Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds
- Supplanting existing program funds;
- Administrative costs not directly related to resident training, or obtaining accreditation

Pre-Application Information:

Project Dates:
- Application due to MDH: All applications must be received by MDH no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on July 2, 2021. (If applications are mailed, they must be received by MDH by the deadline).
- Grant notification announcement: Approx. September 2021
- Grant Agreements begin (est.): January 2022

Please submit questions no later than 12:00 p.m. Central Time, on May 28, 2021. If MDH determines questions and answers should be published, all answers will be posted on the website within five business days.

Eligible applicants may apply for funding for more than one new residency slot, but due to the competitive nature of the grant, may not receive funding for all new slots.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications must be submitted by mail or email to:

- Email (preferred method of submission):

- Mailing Address:
Minnesota Department of Health/ORHPC
Attn: Yende Anderson
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul MN 55164-0882

Contact: Yende Anderson
Program Administrator
Office of Rural Health & Primary Care (ORHPC)
Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
(651) 201-5988

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