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 improves rural health professions education by engaging learners in scholarly activity about their education and practice. Rural PREP has funded microresearch projects for four years, and now microresearch will be sustained, beginning with the 2021-22 cycle, by Rural PREP’s partner, the RTT Collaborative (RTTC). During this transition year, awards will be restricted to four partnering institutions (see eligibility requirements below).

Proposal deadline for 2021 has passed

Each year the RTTC will award up to $1,500 for research performed by a student, resident, or other trainee in collaboration with a qualified mentor at the same or another institution. Research must be relevant to:

  • Rural health care,
  • Rural population health, or
  • Rural health workforce education and training

Preference will be given to proposals that are community-engaged and/or demonstrate collaboration across health professions. Research teams, especially inter-professional teams, are encouraged but not required. A research project that is conducted across multiple institutions will be considered for multiple awards, one award to the project lead at each institution.

A prepared student and a qualified mentor are critical to the coaching of students through each step and the provision of feedback/quality control on each part of the project. Orientation to microresearch and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) concepts will be included through assigned pre-work and participation in quarterly Microresearch Learning Community tele-video meetings focused on student and faculty development.

Eligibility for participation in future years

RTTC will accept applications only from the institutions below, which are sponsoring their eligible students’ or residents’ participation. Be sure to contact your institution to determine if you are eligible.

Design Awards will be made for projects in development.

Implementation Awards of up to $1,500 are also available for two applicants from each program above, for a total of eight. Awarded funds will be paid, not as a grant, but through expense reimbursement. The request for proposals is closed.

2021 Applications have closed


Microresearch Projects

You may view a full list of microresearch projects funded by Rural PREP in years 1-4

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