Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships


Grants are awarded to eligible institutions to provide financial support through traineeships for registered nurses enrolled in programs pursuing advanced degrees as primary care nurse practitioners (NP) or nurse-midwives.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Title VIII , Section 811 (a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act, (42 U.S.C. 296j(a)(2)), as amended by Section 5308 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, academic health centers, and other private or public nonprofit entities accredited by a recognized body or national nurse education agency recognized and approved for the purpose of nursing education accreditation by the Secretary of Education. The school must be located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The participating institutions select traineeship recipients. A recipient (student) must be enrolled in an advanced education nursing program in the recipient institution for preparation as a primary care nurse practitioner and/or nurse-midwife. The student/enrollee must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree, a combined RN to master's degree, nurse-midwifery certificate in existence on November 12, 1998, or a post-graduate master's certificate. The student/enrollee must be a citizen of the United States, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. The student/enrollee must be prepared to sit for national nursing certification in the nursing specialty or field of study (as applicable) following graduation.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through

All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Funds can be used to pay all or part of the costs of tuition, books/ebooks, and fees of the program of advanced nurse education, and reasonable living expenses in the form of stipends for the student during the period for which the traineeship is provided.

Restricted Uses: Books for library or personal use and trainee travel are not allowed. Indirect costs that are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project, are limited to 8 percent of direct costs. Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees is not eligible for support.

Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The recipient will be required to submit semi-annual performance and annual progress reports. Cash reports are not applicable. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA’s Application Guide. A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation recipients, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records three years from the date they submit the FFR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the three year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular three year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding opportunity provides support for a 2-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Michael McCalla, AENT Project Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce Division of Nursing and Public Health 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-89, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Email:, Phone: (301) 443-0856.
Headquarters Office
Janice Young, AENT Project Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce Division of Nursing and Public Health 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9-89, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-6739
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $28,853,980; FY 15 est $28,573,204; and FY 16 est $22,750,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 13 Range $90,000 – $350,000 Average $323,729.

FY 14 Range $70,209 - $350,000; Average $210,105

FY 15 Range $100,155 - $350,000; Average $225,078.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75.

HRSA awards are also subject to the applicable requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.