Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC)

The Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Grant, administered by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), distributes grants annually to providers of clinical medical education. Funds for MERC come from several sources, including cigarette tax revenue, federal Medicaid matching funds and a carveout of medical education funds from the Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP).

The purpose of MERC is to fund a portion of the cost for clinical training of the following health professions in Minnesota:

  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Chiropractic Students
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Paramedics
  • Dental Students and Residents
  • Dental Therapists and Advanced Dental Therapists
  • Medical Students and Residents
  • PharmD Students and Residents
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the MERC program, and to assist training programs and sponsoring institutions as they complete the MERC application process.

MERC Advisory Committee
Members, meeting dates and minutes.

MERC Application Information

MERC Definitions

MERC History

MERC Fund Legislation

MERC Publications

Grant Distribution Reports


For more information about the MERC Fund, contact the MERC program at

Updated Tuesday, September 02, 2014 at 12:58PM