Data Requests & Research Support

AAPA’s research department has a wealth of research leadership, analytical capacity, literature and data about PAs and PA students as well as pertinent health workforce issues. How can we best help you?

AAPA Small Research Grants NEW!


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 is 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), and to help establish a 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.

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

Learn more about the program and what an application entails by downloading the AAPA Small Research Grants documentation.

Total Awards

Funding will be allocated based on a per project budget need. The largest grant awarded will be equal to no more than $20,000, with most grants being $3,000 to $7,000.  AAPA has allocated $50,000 in total funds to be disbursed within 2021.

The following are the projects, and amount funded, in 2017.

The Economics of Physician Assistant Employment: A Cochrane Protocol Meta Analysis, awarded $4,000

Are PA employers getting return on their investment? Exploring whether professional development benefits promote leadership, committee engagement, and career satisfaction among PAs, awarded $1,600

A Descriptive Analysis of PA Perceptions and Activities in Quality Improvement, awarded $4,000

Submission Deadlines

Applications must be submitted no later than November 7, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST. Please send all questions to [email protected] and include SRG in the subject line. You should have a response within 2 business days.

Questions and Supports

Noël Smith, Senior Director of PA and Industry Research and Analysis, will be hosting office hours during the open call for proposals. All meetings will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. Times listed are EST.

October 12, 2021 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

October 22, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Request for Information

If you need a specific statistic on the PA profession, have a question about research, or are looking for something other than survey support and case level data, please submit your request for information or data

Data and Survey Support

We have updated the policies for providing data and research support to PAs and PA Researchers. Please read through our Policy Guide on Data Collection, Access and Ownership to find out how we may best help you. Requests are evaluated based on several factors, including but not limited to how they fit with the AAPA Strategic Plan as well as the Research Agenda.

  • Raw data files: Do you have a research question that case-level  from AAPA data may answer?  We have our made data available to qualified researchers. Other data, not included in the documentation, may be available on a case by case basis. Submit your request for accessing case-level data.
  • Fielding your survey: Are you looking for support getting a survey into the hands of PAs and/or PA students? Submit your request for support fielding a survey. Please note that we are currently scheduling surveys for dissemination with our quarterly survey, the PA Practice Survey, in August 2021 and the AAPA Salary Survey in 2022. Alternatively, you may field the survey through PA Observations, a paid survey panel comprised of about 2,000 PAs and 400 PA Students who have expressed interest in taking surveys.
  • Request collaboration on a research project: Do you have an idea for a research project that you would like to partner with AAPA on? Submit your idea for the collaboration. Past collaborations include looking at why PAs quit their jobs, a look into PAs in urgent care, barriers students from diverse backgrounds experience both applying to and in PA school, and many more.