Funding for medical care research in the interrelated fields of health services research, clinical decision-making, clinical epidemiology, the medical humanities and social sciences, and medical education has been unstable, and relatively little is available in the form of investigator-initiated grants. Stable funding for these fields is important to society and critical to the healthy development of academic general internal medicine. Strategies to augment funding can include political interventions to increase support for the National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment and to secure designated funds within the National Institutes of Health. Public funding is also needed for career development awards in these fields. Research support also could be enhanced by establishing a consortium of foundations interested in funding investigator-initiated grants through open competition, by developing a mechanism for reviewing proposals from small foundations, by developing consortia in the private sector to support focused research, and by developing endowments to support research.