Grant Generating Project (GGP)

About GGP

Leading family medicine research often involves interdisciplinary teams, multi-method approaches and the collection of resource-intensive primary data in the practice setting. The cost structures of most medical schools, community residency programs and practices, however, do not provide salary support for family physicians or family medicine researchers from other disciplines to engage in research or scholarship.

As a result, the research in biological, behavioral, health services and medical sciences depends primarily on external grant support for sustained productivity. For family medicine and primary care to significantly grow its research capacity, investigators in the discipline must be able to apply for and obtain major research grants from one of three primary sources — the pharmaceutical industry, the federal government, and foundations.

Medical research funding is currently at the highest level in the history, yet family medicine researchers are still not sufficiently represented in this milieu. To develop successful research grant applications, family practice researchers need consultation, time, peer review, and technical assistance. One or more — or all — of these resources often are lacking in their institution, department, division, residency program, practice, or other organization. The Grant Generating Project (GGP) has successfully brought together many of these components into a “fellowship without walls” for family practice researchers.

Established during the 1995-1996 academic year through the efforts of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Committee on Building Research Capacity, the GGP seeks to equip family medicine and primary care researchers with the skills they need to successfully develop and submit grants for research funding. Once learned, these skills continue to help generate new funds for family medicine research and training, year after year. On July 1, 2016, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) assumed control of the GGP and its operations. NAPCRG established a GGP Oversight Committee. Under the leadership of Dr. Gillian Bartlett, PhD with assistance Dr. Tamara Carver, PhD, the Oversight Committee and volunteer faculty, the GGP program was completely re-vamped using the latest education technology. This allowed for more fellows to participate in the course while continuing to provide individualized networking and mentoring opportunities.

Benefits of Participating in GGP

In addition to the potential for major research grant funding, participation in the GGP has other potential benefits to the home department of participating GGP fellows. Family medicine researchers who wish to learn to write successful research grants as part of their development and training can take advantage of the GGP fellowship. With its emphasis on critical thinking, analysis and writing, the skills learned in the GGP can be generalized to other grant-writing projects and scholarly writing activities. Such training should have long-term benefits in preparation for future grant development activities. GGP fellows and their departments will also derive benefits from networking activities, gaining valuable contacts with other family medicine researchers throughout North America and internationally.

GGP Fellowship Call for Applications 2021 - 2022: Is Now Closed

Those interested in applying for the GGP fellowship must complete the application. Applicants are encouraged to review the expectations for the fellow and sponsoring department or program, and determine their ability and willingness to commit the time and funding required for GGP participation.


GGP is generously supported by:

  • North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
  • American Board of Family Medicine Foundation (ABFM)
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

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.

Course Faculty

Course Director: Dr. Gillian Bartlett (McGill University)

Course Faculty: 

Dr. Nancy Elder (Oregon Health and Science University)
Dr. Douglas Archibald (University of Ottawa)
Dr. Richelle Koopman (University of Missouri)
Dr. Emily Marshall (Dalhousie University)

Educational Engineer: Dr. Tamara Carver (McGill University)

Course Coordinator:  Leyla Haddad (NAPCRG)


Please contact Leyla Haddad at with questions.

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