Affordable Care Act (ACA) Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program
The Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program is a five-year initiative to increase the number of physician assistants in the primary care workforce. Grantees are physician assistant education programs that commit to sustaining an increased number of new first year students for five consecutive years. Awards facilitate this expansion by supporting higher enrollment by funding new student stipends, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses, and indirect costs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 747, as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148); and the Public Health Prevention Act Section 4002, Conference Report, H. Rept. 111-366, Division D (referencing S. Rept. 111-66), accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 111-117.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible applicants include public or nonprofit academically affiliated physician assistant education programs whose purpose is to educate individuals that will be qualified to provide primary care medical services under the supervision of a physician. Applicants must be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Newly enrolled, full time physician assistant students in an accredited physician assistant education program who intend to work or teach in a primary care discipline after graduation. Project participants (students) must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign nationals who possess visas permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications that 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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.
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.
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.
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 nonfederal reviewers for technical merit recommendations. See the most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are to be distributed, through a competitive application process, to academically affiliated accredited physician assistant education programs and may only be used to provide stipends, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses, and indirect costs to physician assistant students. Personnel, staffing, fringe benefits, consultant cost, travel, equipment, supplies, subcontracts and other items are strictly prohibited under this grant award. 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. 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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html). Competing continuation recipients, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. 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.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records three years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards were funded for five (5) years of support. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees drawdown 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.
Sherrillyn Crooks, PA-C, Project Officer, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9A-27, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: SCrooks@hrsa.gov
Phone: (301) 443-7662 Fax: (301) 443-8890
(Project Grants) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Awards were funded for five year project/budget period in FY 10.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 act $0
FY 15 act $0
FY 16 est $0.
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 requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.
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