Health Professions Recruitment Program for Indians


(1) To identify American Indians and Alaska Natives with a potential for education or training in the health professions, and to encourage and assist them to enroll in health or allied health professional schools; (2) to increase the number of nurses, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists who deliver health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives; (3) to place health professional residents for short-term assignments at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities as a recruitment aid; and (4) to remove the multiple barriers to their entrance into IHS and private practice among Indians.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Title I, Sections 202, 112, 114, and 122, Public Law 94-437, as amended by Public Law 102-573 and Public Law 111-148, Public Laws 96-537, 100-713, and 102-573, 25 U.S.C. 1621p(a-d).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public or private nonprofit health or educational entities or Indian tribes or tribal organizations as specifically provided in legislative authority. For Indians into Psychology, public or private nonprofit colleges and universities that offer a Ph.D. in clinical programs accredited by the American Psychological Association will be eligible to apply for a grant under this program. However, only one grant will be awarded and funded to a college or university per funding cycle. For Indians into Nursing, schools of nursing providing nursing education and conferring degrees are eligible for this award: A. Accredited Public or Private schools of nursing, B. Accredited Tribally controlled community colleges and Tribally controlled postsecondary vocational institutions (as defined in section 390(2) of the Tribally Controlled Vocational Institutions Support Act of 1990 (20 U.S.C. 2397h(2)), or C. Nurse midwife programs and nurse practitioner programs that are provided by any public or private institution.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Preference is given to applicants in the following order of priority: (1) Indian tribes; (2) tribal organizations; (3) urban Indian organizations and other Indian health organizations; or (4) other public or nonprofit health or educational entities.
Costs will be determined by HHS Regulations 45 CFR part 75.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The application package may be found in You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR part 75. For Indians into Psychology, the grant applicant must submit official documentation indicating a Tribe's cooperation with and support of the program within the schools on its reservation and its willingness to have a Tribal representative serving on the program advisory board. Documentation must be in the form prescribed by the Tribe's governing body, i.e., letter of support or Tribal resolution. Documentation must be submitted from every Tribe involved in the grant program. If application budgets exceed the stated dollar amount that is outlined within this announcement it will not be considered for funding.
Award Procedure
Grants are made directly by the Indian Health Service to applicant agency, based on results of competitive review process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Within 90 days of IHS deadline.
From 60 to 90 days.
From 30 to 60 days. Continuation applications must be submitted annually. Continued funding is subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
How are proposals selected?
(1) Potential effectiveness of the proposed project in carrying out such purposes, (2) the demonstrated capability of the applicants to successfully conduct this type of project, (3) accessibility of the applicant to the target population, (4) relationship of project objectives and known or anticipated Indian health manpower objectives, (5) soundness of the fiscal plan, (6) cost reasonableness, and (7) completeness of the application.
How may assistance be used?
Establishing and operating programs designed to recruit American Indians and Alaska Natives into health and allied health professional schools.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: IHS grants are monitored by the Division of Grants Management for financial compliance and by the IHS Program Staff for programmatic compliance.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-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 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payments of grant funds are made through the DHHS Payment Management System (PMS) or DHHS Electronic Transfer System. Information will be forwarded to new grantees regarding the process of obtaining funds. Awards are for a twelve month period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
American Indians Into Psychology Contact: CAPT Francine Barnett, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 11E26F, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-0426. American Indians Into Medicine Contact: CAPT Francine Barnett or Correy Ahhaitty, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 11E65B, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: CAPT Barnett - (301) 443-0426, Mr. Ahhaitty - (301) 443-2544 American Indians into Nursing Contact: CAPT Francine Barnett, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 11E26F, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-0426. Grants Management Contact: Marsha Brookins, Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-5204.
Headquarters Office
Division of Grants Management,
5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 301-443-5204
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$722,373.00; FY 23 est $481,582.00; FY 24 est $805,932.00; FY 21$722,373.00; FY 20$722,373.00; FY 19$722,374.00; FY 18$722,373.00; FY 17$722,340.00; FY 16$715,078.00; - for American Indians into Psychology (InPsych). (Project Grants) FY 22$1,090,000.00; FY 23 est $1,480,000.00; FY 24 est $1,390,000.00; FY 21$1,285,000.00; FY 20$1,285,000.00; FY 19$1,285,000.00; FY 18$1,097,364.00; FY 17$1,097,364.00; FY 16$1,097,364.00; - for American Indians into Medicine (InMed). (Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$1,686,705.00; FY 23 est $1,686,705.00; FY 24 est $1,889,986.00; FY 21$1,686,704.00; FY 20$1,686,705.00; FY 19$1,686,706.00; FY 18$1,686,705.00; FY 17$1,686,125.00; FY 16$1,669,697.00; - for American Indians into Nursing, section 112.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR 136.310-319. Final rules and regulations, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, amended by Public Law 100-713, enacted November 23, 1988; and Public Law 102-573, enacted October 29, 1992; HHS Grants Policy Statement revised January, 2007.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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