What we fund

The Physicians Foundation provides grants that aim to assist physicians in sustaining and advancing their medical practices, support the delivery of quality patient care and improve the health care system in America.

Application process

The Physicians Foundation encourages all qualified and eligible organizations to apply for available grants. Certain eligibility requirements apply, including:
  • Applicants must be in the United States
  • Applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or tax exempt educational institutions
  • Applicants must not be a private foundation as defined in IRC section 509 (a)
When a Request for Proposals (RFP) is released, potential applicants should review the documents associated with the RFP. The Physicians Foundation’s grantmaking has become quite intentional and focused — typically soliciting grants in very deliberate areas guided by its strategic plan via RFPs. The Foundation does have an unsolicited proposal process for projects that fall under one of its interest areas but for which there is not a current RFP. This process begins with an initial letter of interest (LOI). The Foundation currently focuses its efforts on leadership, wellness, social drivers of health, and physician perspectives on practice (including telehealth). To apply and access an application, please register in the Foundation’s online application system. For specific queries on how to apply, please email Jake Mellen.

Application Calendar

Physicians Foundation Board Meeting Program Area Considered Application Due Date
October 2022 Physician Leadership LOIs 09/16/22
January 2023 Physician Leadership Proposals          Physician Wellness LOIs Physician Leadership Proposal: 12/09/22 Physician Wellness LOIs: 12/16/22
April 2023 Physician Wellness Proposals 03/13/23
August 2023 Review of LOIs Across All Program Areas, as the Budget Allows 07/05/2023
October 2023 Review of Proposals for All Other Projects, Based on LOI Invitations 09/06/2023

Current RFP Opportunities

The Physicians Foundation grantmaking focuses on physician leadership and physician burnout, and releases RFPs on these or other topics as it identifies a need or interest. If you have any questions regarding the Foundation’s grantmaking, please contact the Foundation’s program officer, Heidi Heinlein. If you would like to be added to the Foundation’s email list to keep apprised of upcoming opportunities, please contact Jake Mellen. If the Foundation is currently accepting proposals, the RFP details will be listed below. Please access the Foundation’s online application system to submit a proposal in response to an RFP. There are no current RFPs at this time.