Rural PREP’s Microresearch Approach

Rural PREP is providing multiple awards of up to $4,000 each to encourage research by learners in rural health professions education and training about:

  • Rural primary care
  • Rural population health
  • Rural health workforce education and training
  • The study population must be in the United States

A faculty mentor will be assigned by Rural PREP or approved as requested by the student or trainee.

Preference will be given to research that is:

  • Community-engaged, including a commitment of in-kind community contributions
  • Collaborative across health professions or institutions

Rural PREP Microresearch Funding Application Technical Assistance - Webinar slides

Other Examples

See more examples from our current microresearch projects here

Who is eligible to apply?

Current students in a U.S. medical school or a nurse practitioner or physician assistant program, residents in a U.S. rural residency program, or other health professionals training for primary care practice in a U.S. rural location.

We consider a residency or other training program “rural” if it meets any two federal definitions (See the web-based tool “Am I Rural?”; note that “Census 2010, Percent Rural” does not count for this purpose). If a resident is part of an urban “rurally-focused” residency, then the project must be anchored in a rural place and meet the criterion “other health professionals training for primary care practice in a rural location.” In other words, the proposal must clearly indicate that the learner is training for primary care practice in a rural community, e.g, a study of the rural rotations that a learner’s training peers are experiencing, or an exploration of the community’s perceptions of learners in a rural community.


The deadline for the current application period has now closed. Please contact us below for information about upcoming opportunities.

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