Planning and Partnership Grant Program

In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $14 million to support several efforts to increase the number of first-year residency positions available in the state. The goal of the initiative is to achieve 10 percent more first-year residency positions than Texas medical school graduates. Funding was increased in subsequent biennia and the efforts to increase the number of first-year residency positions have provided Texas medical students with a greater opportunity to remain in the state for their residency training. However, despite substantial progress, further increases are required in the number of first-year residency positions to maintain the 1.1 to 1 goal.

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Planning Grant Program was established in 2013 by the Texas Legislature as part of the GME Expansion initiative. GME Planning Grants are awarded through a competitive process to assist eligible entities in planning the development and establishment of new residency programs that accept first-year residents. From 2014 to 2019, Planning Grant awards have supported the establishment of 19 new residency programs across the state.

2021-2023 Grant Cycle

2019-2021 Grant Cycle

2016-2018 Grant Cycle


Inquiries should be direct to GME-Expansion@highered.texas.gov or Cindy.Fisher@highered.texas.gov