Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Grant Application Information

Programs wishing to apply for a grant from the MERC Fund must submit their application through their sponsoring institution. A sponsoring institution may be a hospital, school or consortium that supports accredited teaching programs. These sponsoring institutions typically provide funding and accounting for the programs. Applications submitted by any entity other than a sponsoring institution will not be accepted.

MERC Fund application:

The Minnesota Department of Health is accepting MERC grant applications until 4 p.m. on December 15, 2013. The online application is available to sponsoring institutions with accredited programs providing training in fiscal year 2012 for advanced practice nursing, clinical social workers, community health workers, community paramedics, dental students/residents, dental therapists/advanced dental therapists, chiropractic students, medical students/residents, pharmacy students/residents, physician assistants and psychologists.

Re-opened MERC Fund application (for specific provider types ONLY):

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Legislature passed new legislation which expands the MERC Fund for new categories of clinic training. Specifically, it is now available for facilities that provided clinical training in fiscal year 2011 through the following accredited teaching programs: clinical social workers, community health workers, community paramedics, dental therapists, advanced dental therapists and psychologists. The application for this data year closed in October 2012; however, since this is a new opportunity for provider types not eligible to apply in the past, the Minnesota Department of Health has re-opened the fiscal year 2011 MERC application until 4 p.m. on November 15, 2013 for only these provider types.


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Updated Monday, October 07, 2013 at 02:56PM