Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC)

At the direction of the state Legislature, the Minnesota Department of Health began studying changes in the financing of medical education and research in 1993, and has submitted annual reports to the Legislature since 1994. The MERC Fund was established in 1996, and was funded by the Legislature for the first time in 1997, with the strong support of the governor. Its purpose is to provide support for certain medical education activities in Minnesota that have historically been supported in significant part by patient care revenues. The first distribution of MERC Fund grant occurred in May of 1998, and funds have been distributed to clinical training sites around the state through the MERC program. The Minnesota Department of Health is continuing its study of medical education and research costs.

In addition to the original MERC Fund, MERC now encompasses several other funding streams, each of which was administered and tracked separately until 2004. In 2004, the MERC and PMAP/PGAMC distributions were combined into one distribution. MERC staff also conducts research on issues related to the financing of health professions education and the health professions workforce in Minnesota.

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 from the most recent meetings.

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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:57AM