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Grant Generating Project (GGP)

History of the GGP


Established during the 1995-96 academic year through the efforts of the NAPCRG Committee on Building Research Capacity, the GGP seeks to equip primary care researchers with the skills they need to successfully develop and submit grants for research funding. Once learned, these skills are expected to continue to help generate new funds for primary care research and training, year after year. The original concept of the GGP was based on an attempt to replicate several elements of the grant generating process developed and used in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where faculty have successfully obtained several major research grants. The objective of GGP was to “assist experienced researchers to write their first successful major grant application."


From 1995 to 1999 the program was launched and developed under the able directorship of David Katerndahl at the University of Texas-San Antonio, with 23 faculty participants from 21 family medicine departments or divisions enrolled. Dr. Katerndahl relinquished the directorship role at the conclusion of the class of 1998-99 after four years of volunteer service. 

The BRC committee considered suspending GGP for 1999-00 to allow time for evaluation, assessment of support and some redesign of the program; however, an informal survey of department chairs, conducted by Frank deGruy of the Association for Departments of Family Medicine and David Moores of the Canadian College of Family Physicians indicated strong support for the program and a willingness on the part of several chairs to invest additional financial resources. Additionally, the AFMO Steering Committee endorsed GGP and the NAPCRG Board expressed its support for continuation of the program. A further encouragement was the suggestion by Bill Phillips, the AAUP Task Force liaison to the BRC and AFMO Research Subcommittee, that the GGP fellowship might be a good opportunity for the Advanced Research Training fellows funded by the AAFP.

With that feedback, Bernard Ewigman, Daniel R. Longo, Frank deGruy and David Katerndahl agreed to develop a proposal to continue the program with no interruption.


From fall 1999 through spring 2007 the program was housed in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, under the direction of Dan Longo, an experienced researcher and professor in the department. In March 2007, Dr. Longo joined the VCU faculty and in 2008 the program was moved to continue under his directorship at VCU as a joint project of VCU and UMC. 


As of the 2009-2010 GGP fellowship year, all GGP activities were housed at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). On July 1, 2016, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) assumed control of the GGP and its operations. To help support the GGP, NAPCRG hired a staff person to serve as the program coordinator of the GGP. As of 2017, Dr. Gillian Bartlett, Chair of CASFM and Associate Chair of Family Medicine at McGill University, took over as the volunteer Director of GGP upon Dr. Longo's retirement. Dr. BArtlett with the assistance of the GGP Faculty, Instructors, a Course Designer and the NAPCRG GGP oversight Committee completely renewed the course using the latest blended learning educational technologies. In the fall of 2017, the GGP welcomed 14 Fellows from Canada and the US. 

Funded Grants

As of April 5, 2017 GGP alumni have reported more than $1 billion ($1,066,732, 242) in funded grants as either principal investigators, co-investigators or in other significant roles, since participating in the program. Sources of funding include the National Institutes of Health, various state and local government entities, pharmaceutical companies, charitable organizations such as the American Cancer Society and United Way, and numerous private foundations. Sample funded projects include:

  • A 2000 GGP fellow received an R01 from the National Library of Medicine for $661,500.
  • Two other 2000 fellows received major awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Program.
  • A 2002 fellow served as principal investigator on a state foundation grant of $2.6 million.
  • A 2003 fellow received an RWJF Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars award and two other fellows from the 2003 class received major awards from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • A 2005 GGP fellow recently received a K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Award from AHRQ for $616,000.
  • A 2008 GGP fellow received a grant from National Health Institute/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for $4.5 million.
  • A 2009 GGP fellow reserved a grant from the National Cancer Institute for $6.3 million.
  • A 2011 GGP fellow received a grant for $1 million within one year of completing the GGP fellowship program.
  • The 2012 fellowship class has received a combined total of $9.9 million.
  • The 2013 and 2014 fellowship classes (combined) have received over $8.1 million in funding.
  • In 2016, a 2006 GGP alumni received a $1,063,603 grant and a $2,990,839 grant from AHRQ.


GGP is generously supported by:

  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • American Board of Family Medicine Foundation
  • College of Family Physicians Canada
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 

Fellows’ home departments provide travel expenses to workshops, a laptop computer and “protected time” for work on GGP proposals. Volunteer time and in-kind support from the home programs of fellows, mentors, consultants and reviewers has been a key factor in making GGP possible.


Contact Hannah Bruins at hbruins@NAPCRG.org