ARRA - Health Information Technology Professionals in Health Care


PHSA 3016, as added by the Recovery Act, directs the Secretary to provide assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to establish or expand health informatics education programs, including certification, undergraduate, and masters degree programs, for both health care and information technology students to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies (in the United States health care infrastructure).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Section 3016 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as added by Section 13301 within Title XIII in Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Financial assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to rapidly develop and sustain a health information technology workforce.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Financial assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to rapidly develop and sustain a health information technology workforce.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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. Application procedures will be specified in individual funding opportunity announcements. Applicants may consult with the office or official designated as the contact in the funding opportunity announcement for additional information on the application procedures.

Award Procedure
Following merit review of applications, those applicants whose applications have been selected for funding will receive a Notice of Award signed by an HHS Grants Management Officer. The Notice of Award, which is sent to the applicant’s Authorized Organizational Representative, is the only official notification of award. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by letter.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Specific, detailed criteria for determining the merit of applications are available in the program-specific funding opportunity announcements for this program. In general, all applicants were required to demonstrate capability to achieve the goals, purposes, and objectives of the program consistent with applicable statutory provisions.
How may assistance be used?
Activities for which assistance may be provided include the following: update health information technology (health IT) instructional training material previously developed under the Curriculum Development Centers cooperative agreement program. Updates will address four areas: population health, care coordination, new care delivery and payments models, and value-based and patient centered care. After the updates are complete, grantees will train approximately 6,000 incumbent health care workers in team-based care environments.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements. A Federal Cash Transaction Report is due 30 days after the end of each quarter (January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30). Progress and financial reporting requirements will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements. In addition, recipients of Federal awards from funds authorized under Division A of the ARRA must comply with all requirements specified in Division A of the ARRA (Public Law 111-5), including reporting requirements outlined in Section 1512 of the Act. ARRA reports will be required quarterly. The Federal Financial Report (FFR-425) is due within 90 days after the end of the applicable 12-month period (January 30). Performance monitoring, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.
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 records for a minimum of 3 years from the submission date of the final financial report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the record has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until the completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards were made for a program period of 2 to 4 years. Individual programs' funding opportunity announcements should be consulted for specific information. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Via Payment Management System (PMS).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Phone: 202-690-7151
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $6,765,055; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards made to 7 organizations in the amount of $966,436 each.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR part 74 and the HHS Grants Policy Statement located at: and ARRA terms and conditions:

Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: In Fiscal Year 2015: Workforce Training to Educate Health Care Professionals in Health Information Technology - Oregon Health and Science, Bellevue College, Normandale Community College, Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and University of Alabama at Birmingham. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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