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AAPA Small Research Grants Application

Application

The AAPA invites qualified researchers to apply for a AAPA Small Research Grant (SRG). The SRG is intended to support new research which will be submitted for publication and for presentation at AAPA national conferences.

The goal of the SRG program to support research for PAs who otherwise do not have access to institutional resources (e.g., time free from teaching or clinical practice, access to graduate student support, internal funding mechanisms, grant writing resources) to support a sustained record of external funding. The SRG is especially intended to provide seed funding to help individuals build their research portfolio and successfully apply for larger grants.

Funding will be allocated based on a per project budget need. The largest grant awarded will be equal to no more than $50,000, with most grants being $10,000 to $20,000.  AAPA has allocated $100,000 in total funds to be disbursed within 2022. During the Spring 2022 application cycle, $38,000 was allocated. During the Fall 2022 application cycle, $62,000 remains.

Researchers who wish to use existing AAPA data sets may find the public use file documentation on our Bibliography and Resources page.

We have provided an extensive Bibliography on PA Value 2011 ‐ 2021, including how to conduct a search, to help you generate ideas and write your background. The bibliography also highlights select articles that are illustrative of work that can be done within the PA profession that would allow PAs and their advocates to show the value of PAs within the United States healthcare system.

Prior to completing your application, we recommend you learn more about the program and what an application entails by downloading the AAPA Small Research Grants documentation. Please note that all materials will be requested as a .pdf with the exception of the budget which may also be an .xls. 

2022 Focus

As AAPA and state organizations advocate for OTP, much more research is needed to show that PAs provide safe, high quality, cost-effective care to patients. We are looking for research such as

  • Patient outcomes for PAs’ patients, particularly on teams
    • Where PAs are serving as team leader
    • When PAs are owners or co-owners of a practice
    • Among those who work as first assists in surgery, and/or
    • Among PAs in rural areas and health provider shortage areas
  • PAs’ role in increasing access to care, particularly in rural areas and/or in health provider shortage areas
  • Models of PA utilization
  • Clinical teams that are optimized for patient care
  • Consumer satisfaction with the care PAs provide
  • How executive orders impacted PA roles and patient outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Looking for ideas?
AAPA is looking for research such as the following:

  • Understands “incident to” billing: Survey of PAs/practices [or large single site study] on the frequency of use of “incident to” and split (or shared) billing and PA perception of the usefulness and value of the billing mechanisms as well as concerns if this billing format is eliminated.
  • Supports the importance of employers/health systems to remove barriers for PAs in [specialty]: Assessment of productivity and value of PAs practicing in a [insert specialty] to demonstrate PAs’ financial and nonfinancial contributions.
  • Advocates to remove barriers to PAs practicing in psychiatry and addiction medicine: Workforce survey of PAs in psychiatry and addiction medicine. (See  Cardiology example)
  • Understands the impact of direct payment: Comparison of PAs per capita in states (or underserved areas) expressly authorizing direct payment compared to states that prohibit it or have no legislative/regulatory language.
  • Understands alternative payment methods: Survey PAs/employers on the incentives and/or alternative payment methods that employers provide PAs.
  • Understands cost of care: Compare processes and cost of care of patients with [insert] cared for by PAs with those cared for by NPs or primary care physicians.
  • Understands Medicare beneficiaries: Compare cost, medication adherence, and utilization in Medicare beneficiaries cared for by PAs.
  • Understand state practice regulations and patient access to primary care: Examine the relationship between PAs’ state practice regulations and patients’ physical proximity to a primary care provider (e.g., proportion of population with a greater than 30-min travel time).
  • Understands the barriers that PAs experience related to the provision of patient care: Survey PAs on the barriers they experience related to practicing to the top of their experience and education.
  • Understands the care PAs provide on health conditions: To what extent are PAs providing patient care for secondary health issues related to: obesity, mental health, diabetes, nutrition?

Noël Smith, Senior Director of PA and Industry Research and Analysis, will be hosting office hours to support PAs looking to submit a proposal. All meetings will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. Times listed are EST.


Please send all questions to [email protected] and include SRG in the subject line. You should have a response within 2 business days.

Applications must be submitted no later than November 27, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST
Tell us about yourself. 
AAPA Member *This question is required.
This question requires a valid number format.
This question requires a valid email address.
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As a reminder, when you upload each of the sections of the proposal, you will need to upload the files as a .pdf with the exception of the budget portion. Please note that you may be asked to provide blinded and unblinded copies of each.

All proposal bodies must include an unblinded copy for AAPA and a blinded copy for the reviewers.
Abstract—The abstract is limited to 250 words. This will be included on aapa.org.
Research question(s) and/or problem statement—Include a succinct research question or problem statement.
Background—Include a brief background for the project and a review of the literature.
Objectives, aims, or hypotheses—Should be clear and concise and address the research question or problem statement.
Methods—Include information regarding sampling and data collection, or the dataset to be purchased, timeline for completion, and if applicable, IRB review information. IRB does not need to be completed but a plan must be in place.
Analytic plan—Include details regarding a specific quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis plan, and how the plans relate to the research question(s).
Impact statement—Include what new knowledge will be generated and the significance of the research questions to AAPA’s priorities and the PA profession
Dissemination plans—Include how the findings will be shared within or outside the PA profession.

Proposal body should not exceed 8 pages. Appendices have no page limitations.
Font—Times New Roman, 12 pt.
Spacing—Line spacing set to 1.5
Margins—1” all around
Include running header on all materials.
Include page numbers on all materials.
Blinding—Identifying information should be removed from all materials to be submitted blinded. This may include letterhead, researcher(s)’ name and contact information, geography identifiers, and the name of any collaborators.
File names should be blinded and may best match the running head for the proposal body (e.g., Optimizing Team Efficiency Proposal.pdf; Optimizing Team Efficiency References.pdf)
 
The abstract is limited to 250 words. This will be included on aapa.org. 
Include a succinct research question or problem statement.
This question requires a valid currency format.
You will first upload the BLINDED materials. 
2. Full proposal body  [Blinded] *This question is required.Be sure to follow the instructions in the documentation on blinding your proposal body. Include the abstract and the research question in addition to have copied them above. 
3. Itemized budget [Blinded] *This question is required.Include justification for expenses where needed.
4. Survey instrument(s) [Blinded]If the study includes survey development, submit a draft or outline of the instrument. 
5. Description of any collaborative efforts with other researchers [Blinded]Include letters of support from those parties.
Now we will ask for the UNBLINDED materials. 
6. Full proposal body  [Unblinded] *This question is required.Be sure to follow the instructions in the documentation on blinding your proposal body. Include the abstract and the research question in addition to have copied them above. 
7. References [Unblinded] *This question is required.
8. Itemized budget [Unblinded] *This question is required.Include justification for expenses where needed.
9. Survey instrument(s) [Unblinded]If the study includes survey development, submit a draft or outline of the instrument. 
10. CV(s) for the PI and Co-PIs [Unblinded] *This question is required.Must be complete. 
11. Description of any collaborative efforts with other researchers [Unblinded]Include letters of support from those parties.
12. Roles and responsibilities of all the researchers [Unblinded]Include for all of the researchers involved with the project along with the time commitment each will put forth.
13. Letter from organization attesting the support for the proposed research [Unblinded]