Planning and Partnership Grant Program

In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $14 million to support several efforts to increase the number of first-year residency positions available in the state. The goal of the initiative is to achieve 10 percent more first-year residency positions than Texas medical school graduates. Funding was increased in subsequent biennia and the efforts to increase the number of first-year residency positions have provided Texas medical students with a greater opportunity to remain in the state for their residency training. However, despite substantial progress, further increases are required in the number of first-year residency positions to maintain the 1.1 to 1 goal.

From 2014 to 2018, as part of Graduate Medical Education (GME) Expansion initiative, Planning Grant awards have supported the establishment of 13 new residency programs across the state, with additional programs planned to begin operation July 2019.

For 2019 – 2021, the THECB is seeking to make a minimum of three two-year awards to eligible applicants in the state to support the development of new GME programs with first-year residency positions.

To be considered for a grant, eligible applicants must submit a completed Notice of Intent (NOI) and application to the THECB via email as specified in the Request for Applications and on the forms provided by THECB. Submissions must be received by THECB by the deadlines shown below.

2019-2020 Grant Cycle

Notice of Intent Deadline – May 31, 2019

Application Deadline – June 14, 2019

2016-2018 Grant Cycle

Grant Awards in Fiscal Year 2016 


If you have questions or require additional information about the Planning and Partnership Grant Program, please contact Suzanne Pickens at