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.

This website provides the necessary program information to help training programs and sponsoring institutions complete the MERC grant application process.

MERC funds a portion of the cost for clinical training of the following health professions in Minnesota:

Advanced Practice Nurses Advanced Dental Therapists
Chiropractic Students Medical Students
Clinical Social Workers Medical Residents
Community Health Workers Doctor of Pharmacy Students
Community Paramedics Doctor of Pharmacy Residents
Dental Students Physician Assistants
Dental Residents Psychologists
Dental Therapists  

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).