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Medical Education and Research Cost (MERC) Grant

Grants to Minnesota Hospitals, Schools, and
Consortiums for Medical Training and Teaching Programs

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

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10/31/17 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Minnesota hospitals, schools, and consortiums to support clinical training facilities and accredited teaching programs. Eligible trainee types include the following: advanced dental therapists, doctor of chiropractic students, advanced practice nurses, doctor of pharmacy students, doctor of pharmacy residents, clinical social workers, community health workers, medical students, medical residents, community paramedics, dental students, dental residents, dental therapists, physician assistant students, and psychologists.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has opened the MERC grant application for clinical training that took place in Minnesota in fiscal year 2016. Applications are open to Minnesota sponsoring institutions applying on behalf of their accredited teaching programs and eligible clinical training facilities.

The MERC grant was established in 1996, and funded for the first time in 1997. Its purpose is to provide support for certain medical education activities in Minnesota that historically were supported in significant part by patient care revenues. Due to Minnesota’s competitive health care market, payers became increasingly unwilling to pay the extra costs associated with the purchase of services at teaching facilities. Teaching facilities are forced to compete with non-teaching facilities, which results in greater difficulty in funding teaching activities. The Commissioner of Health has been responsible for administering the MERC grant since 1998.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182316

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The sponsoring institution, program and site of training must all be in Minnesota. The training site must also have a National Provider Identification (NPI) number currently active medical assistance enrollment status in Minnesota along with fiscal year 2016 MA/PMAP claims reimbursements in Minnesota.

Training programs for Advanced Practice Nursing must be sponsored by the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, the Mayo Foundation, or institutions that are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System or members of the Minnesota Private College Council.

Sponsoring Institution: Defined in statute as, “a hospital, school, or consortium location in Minnesota that sponsors and maintains primary organizational and financial responsibility for a clinical medical education program in Minnesota and which is accountable to the accrediting body.” Minnesota Statute 62J.692, subdivision 1(d).

Accredited Teaching Program
-Located in Minnesota.
-Accredited during fiscal year of training.
-Ongoing accreditation.
-Students/Residents in clinical training during fiscal year.
-Training eligible provider types (see application).

Clinical Training Facility
-Located in Minnesota.
-Facility’s National Provider Identification Number (NPI) actively enrolled in the Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP).
-Clinical practice location consistent with the MHCP enrollment.
-Providing clinical training in an inpatient or ambulatory patient care setting.
-Hosting a minimum of 0.1 eligible FTEs in application’s fiscal year.
-Received MA/PMAP claims reimbursement in the application year.
-Incurred expenses related to clinical training for eligible application trainees.
-Nursing facilities are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by October 31, 2017, 4:00 PM.

MDH will distribute funding to the sponsoring institutions no later than April 30, 2018.

Grants are released to clinic training sites within 60 days after sponsoring institution receives funding.


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Diane Reger

Darwin Flores Trujillo

Minnesota Department of Health
MERC Grant Applications
Attn: Diane Reger
2nd Floor, 85 East Seventh Place, Suite 220
St. Paul, MN 55101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota