In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature created several new grant programs to support expansion of graduate medical education (GME) in the state. Planning Grants are intended to promote an increase in available first-year residency positions by providing support to entities that do not operate a GME program to investigate the feasibility of establishing such a program.
The grants are funded from a General Revenue appropriation of $1,875,000. For Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, funding is available to support maximum of 12 applicants funded up to $150,000 each for one-time, two-year awards.
Eligibility is limited to entities that do not currently operate, and have not previously operated, a GME program and are therefore eligible for Medicare GME funding. Nine applications were received by the November 15, 2013, application deadline, and nine Planning Grants awards were announced in December 2013.
The Coordinating Board may solicit additional applications for Planning Grants in late summer/early fall 2014. Contingent on available appropriations, a maximum of three Planning Grants may be awarded in early fiscal year 2015.
|Summary of Awards for Fiscal Years 2014 - 2015|
|Maximum allowable Planning Grants awards||12|
|Number of awards||9|
|Total Planning Grants funding appropriation||$1,875,000|