Description of the Small Research Grants
The AAPA Small Research Grant (SRG) program for 2022 is now closed. We expect notifications to be sent out by the end of December. 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 data sets may find the following helpful:
AAPA data: Access the public use file documentation on our Bibliography and Resources page
All of Us Research Hub: Learn more about the All of Us Research Hub and how to access All of Us data and tools
Other data: Learn more about other valuable data sets, such as the AHRQ Social Determinants of Health data which includes PAs, NPs, and physician data, by accessing the 2022 AAPA-PAEA Research Seminar Series at AAPA Learning Central
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.
Learn more about the program and what an application entails by downloading the 2022 AAPA Small Research Grants documentation. Please note, some details will be subject to change.
Areas of Funding
Funds for the 2022 grant cycle year will be prioritized to research which will examine issues related to Optimal Team Practice (OTP).
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
- 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
These are just a few examples of topic areas. We look forward to seeing what researchers propose.
AAPA has awarded $37,000 to three researchers as part of the Small Research Grant pilot. Congratulations to:
Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-C, of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who received $9,000 for “Patient Satisfaction: A Comparison of Dermatology Physician Assistants, Dermatologists, and Resident Physicians in Outpatient Academic Medical Center.”
Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C, of AdventHealth who received $8,000 for “Role Delineation and Team Participation of Physician Assistant/Associates in Obstetrics and Gynecology.”
Gerald Kayingo, PhD, MBA, PA-C, of University of Maryland, Baltimore who received $20,000 for “COVID-19 and Job Posting Trends Among U.S. PAs. The ValuePac Study.”