AAMC Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow’s Community Leaders (NEXT) Grant

February 14, 2023

The AAMC NEXT Grant provides funding to institutions to develop or enhance a learning opportunity for medical students, residents, and other interprofessional learners that seeks to improve community health and eliminate health disparities with community partners.

This grant, now in its third year, seeks to support equitable and sustainable medical education initiatives that specifically address racism through community partnerships. The AAMC will award five (5) grants of up to $40,000 each to develop or enhance an initiative that addresses local community health needs to confront racism and advance racial equity. The award period for this grant will be two years from the project start date.

Eligible applicants are AAMC-member institutions that represent accredited medical schools and teaching hospitals, and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited U.S. residency programs. All applicants must include an institutional faculty sponsor and engage with at least one independent community partner in all aspects of the project from development to completion. Although institutions may submit multiple applications, no more than one grant will be made to a medical school, teaching hospital, or residency program.

The primary goals of this competitive grant are to:

  1. Create or enhance opportunities to engage learners in health and health care educational initiatives to confront racism and advance health equity in partnership with local communities.
  2. Increase learners’ knowledge about and ability to apply anti-racism, social justice, and health equity principles within the context of a community-level issue.
  3. Promote collaborative, community-engaged, and intersectional approaches to improving health outcomes among communities and patients who have been historically marginalized.

Please review the Request for Applications for full details on submitting an application, frequently asked questions, selection criteria, deliverables, and more.

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