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AAMC Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow’s Community Leaders (NEXT) Award

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Health and health care inequities remain a national concern, and medical schools and teaching hospitals frequently see them in their patients and local communities. With the implementation of health care reform and the challenges associated with rising health care expenditures and lagging population health outcomes, our member institutions are increasingly engaging with community partners to address local health issues.

Opportunities to further educate and train the next generation of health professions leaders in how best to work with community and multidisciplinary partners are essential as medical schools and teaching hospitals develop programs and activities to improve population health. Health care providers must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, equitable health care in their communities and know how to engage in collaborative environments.

The AAMC Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow’s Community Leaders (NEXT) Award provides funding to institutions to develop or enhance a learning opportunity that seeks to improve community health and eliminate health disparities while applying population health leadership principles and promoting collaboration among diverse stakeholders. 

2020-2021 Cycle

The submission period is now open for the 2020-2021 cycle of the AAMC NEXT Award. This cycle will focus on projects that seek to address COVID-19 inequities, systemic racism, or both. Applications are due Oct. 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Award Information

The AAMC expects to issue at least five awards to accredited U.S. AAMC-member institutions or ACGME-accredited U.S. residency programs, each of which will receive $10,000 to support the development or expansion of experiential community-partnered learning opportunities involving medical students, residents, or both. Projects must focus on addressing COVID-19 inequities, systemic racism, or both. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.


Successful applicants will be from AAMC-member institutions that represent accredited U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals and ACGME-accredited U.S. residency programs. Applications must include an institutional faculty sponsor. Only one application per institution or residency program will be accepted. 

RFA & Application

Please review the full Request for Applications (RFA) prior to submitting your application. You may complete the online application form here.

Be sure to also email the primary faculty sponsor’s curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé and itemized project budget narrative CDC@aamc.org.

The application form, CV or résumé, and itemized project budget narrative are due on Oct. 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will an application be considered if the proposed project does not involve addressing COVID-19 inequities, systemic racism, or both?
    No. Successful applicants for this AAMC NEXT Award cycle must propose to develop or expand projects that focus on addressing COVID-19 inequities, systemic racism, or both.

  2. Are schools of osteopathic medicine eligible to apply?
    No. Applicants must be U.S. AAMC-member institutions or ACGME-accredited U.S. residency programs.
  3. Are students eligible to apply?
    Yes. Because awards are made to the institution, though, student applicants must have a faculty sponsor at an accredited U.S. AAMC-member institution or ACGME-accredited U.S. residency program.
  4. Can an institution or residency program submit more than one application?
    No. Only one application per institution or residency program will be accepted.
  5. What are the allowable expenses for this award?
    Funding may be used to support project-related salaries, fringe benefits, and indirect costs. Examples of other allowable expenses include project materials, supplies, student or resident conference fees, stipends (e.g., speakers or standardized patients), contractual and consultant costs, project-related travel fees, and marketing and communications. Costs that are not allowed include food, meals, alcoholic beverages, and subawards to other institutions.
  6. What is the indirect cost allocation rate for this award?
    Applicants should use their institution’s federally approved negotiated indirect cost rate.

Please address all other questions to CDC@aamc.org.

2019-2020 Awardees

Institution Project Description
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California The Trojan Trainer patient navigator program invites medical and physician assistant students to collaborate with KSOM Street Medicine, USC health system leadership, and community partners to address medical and psychosocial needs by bringing care directly to patients experiencing homelessness.
Northwell Health The Engaging in Health Advocacy through Neighborhood Collaboratives and Education (ENHANCE) community health track provides internal medicine, pediatric, and family medicine residents and nurse practitioner students the opportunity to develop interprofessional community-based projects that assess the impact of the social determinants of health on primary care outcomes.
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine The Working with Interpreters as a Team in Healthcare (WITH Care) simulation curriculum seeks to develop collaboration skills between providers and medical interpreters to enhance population health leadership skills while improving patient experiences and outcomes in an immigrant-refugee outpatient clinic setting.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville ROOT CAUSE: Advancing Community Health and Active Citizenship is a monthly health and public services fair that aims to address the root causes of disease by increasing access to healthcare and promoting healthy lifestyle choices while simultaneously affecting students’ and residents’ perceptions on diversity and inclusivity, empathy, and burnout.
Weill Cornell Medicine The Weill Cornell Medicine Wellness Qlinic is a student-run clinic that seeks to train medical students and residents to address the existing mental health disparities seen in LGBTQ+ populations and improve the LGBTQ+ community’s access to culturally competent and financially accessible mental healthcare.


Please address all questions to CDC@aamc.org.

The AAMC NEXT Award is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 5 NU36OE000007 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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