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FSMB Foundation COVID-19 State Response Grants

Federation of State Medical Boards

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Disaster Preparedness Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Health Care Access & Delivery Medical Education & Professional Training

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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As of July 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than 4 million individuals and claimed more than 145,000 lives in the United States, more cases and deaths than any other country in the world. Globally, COVID-19 has infected 16 million individuals and claimed more than 650,000 lives. During the crisis, issues of health equity and disparities in access to health care have also emerged.

Because state and territorial medical and osteopathic boards are instrumental to the nation’s ability to mitigate, manage and address pandemics, it is critically important for them to be prepared as the world enters a new era of globally-connected pandemic management.

Timely analysis and assessment of the current pandemic and responses to it by U.S. states will provide lessons learned that state boards can utilize as they face the increased likelihood of similar pandemics in the future.

FSMB Foundation COVID-19 State Response Grants

FSMB Foundation COVID-19 Grants are designed to offer state medical and osteopathic boards and other health care organizations funding support for the study of state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-term goal of the program is to support the development and implementation of sustainable models and policies that can guide state preparedness and responses to similar emergencies in the future, as well as their capacity for recovery planning.

This grant program is designed to be as flexible as possible. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to:

  • The impact of waiver and modification of licensing and renewal requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic on:
    • Various provider populations (specialty, gender, age, geographic location) and/or
    • Board operations, applications and complaints.
  • The identification of health disparities and efforts to increase health equity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The impact of loosened restrictions on telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic on access to care for various populations (e.g. rural and underserved, those with chronic conditions [including SUD], elderly).
  • Strategies to manage and support the mental and physical health of physicians and other health care workers resulting from increased responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • The overall goal of the program is to evaluate lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and identify policy, technical and regulatory strategies to improve preparedness for, response to, and recovery from future public health emergencies, while promoting health equity and reducing disparities in health care. 

Applicants will be encouraged to share their findings through webinars, publication, and newsletters, including potential publication in the Journal of Medical Regulation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Proposals must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic and organizations must offer a rationale and objectives that clearly impact medical regulation.
  • Grant funds may only be used to support personnel who are directly involved in the project’s development, implementation and execution.


  • Grant funds may not be used for the purpose of lobbying policy makers or legislators.


This page was last reviewed January 19, 2021 and last updated November 12, 2020