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June 10, 1983

Funding for Research

Author Affiliations

Georgetown University School of Medicine Washington, DC

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3015. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460015010

To the Editor.—  The report of the results of the recent Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and North American Primary Care Research Group survey of family medicine residencies and university academic units (1983;249:63) provides interesting and useful data for the field of family medicine, which is attempting to develop a stronger research base. I previously researched a similar topic, using different methods but getting similar results.1 A computer search of Public Health Service research grants disclosed that funding for research in the departmental focus of family medicine activity at medical schools came from 11 different organizational entities within the PHS, with 41 projects funded in 1980, thirty-three of which were supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Another five projects were funded by the National Center for Health Services Research. Fifteen different medical schools received funds in 1979 or 1980 in the amount of about $4 million