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  Read about Rural PREP’s microresearch approach in this article in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Engaging students and trainees in rural research


Microresearch creates interest in rural practice by encouraging medical, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students as well as other rural health professional trainees to conduct research about:

  • Rural primary care

  • Rural population health
  • Rural health workforce education and training


We provide a small “seed grant” of up to $4000 to student researchers and assign or approve a faculty mentor. Preference is given to research that is:


  • Community-engaged, including a commitment of in-kind community contributions
  • Collaborative across health professions or institutions
  • Based in the rural United States.

Together, students and communities can create local solutions to problems in underserved communities, resulting in big impact.


Dissemination opportunities

We encourage Rural PREP microresearch awardees to disseminate their project widely. Please see this list of conferences that provide opportunities for rural health and health workforce research dissemination.

Eligibility & Application

Current U.S. students, residents and other health professionals in training who meet specific criteria.

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View current Microresearch projects that have been funded by Rural PREP.

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Travel Support

Microresearch awardees are eligible for additional travel support funding

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