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Public Health Initiatives & Grants

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The AMA Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of all Americans by supporting community health and medical education programs.

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Public Health Grants

Healthy Living Grant

This program provides grants for grassroots public health projects that encourage healthy lifestyles in communities across the nation. Organizations that receive grants design projects to meet the needs of their local communities. Over $1.3 million in grants have been awarded to 372 nonprofit health education programs through the AMA Foundation Healthy Living Grant since its launch in 2002 by the AMA Foundation. The Healthy Living Grant application is now available to support projects in prescription drug safety education.

Grant application deadline: Submit applications to [email protected] by Dec. 16, 2016 at 5 p.m. Central.  For additional questions, please contact [email protected].

This grant program was funded in part by Teva Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma L.P. and generous individual donors.

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Research Grants

Seed Grant Research Program

The Seed Grant Research Program encourages medical students, physician residents and fellows to enter the research field and conduct basic science projects. In 2017, grants are available of up to $2,500 in the areas of cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, HIV/AIDS, and pancreatic cancer and $5,000 in the area of neoplastic diseases for small research projects.

Grant Application Deadline: The 2017 Seed Grant application is now available. Applications are due by Jan. 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. Central.


  • Applicant must be a medical student, physician resident or fellow of an accredited U.S. medical school or institution.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Projects must be applicant-conceived, rather than ongoing research.

For questions about the Seed Grant Research Program, email [email protected].

This grant program is funded in part by a generous contribution from Genentech, Inc.

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