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
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Indian Health Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; 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 for other institutions will be determined by HHS Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q. 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
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic submission through However, should any technical problems arise regarding the submission, please contact Customer Support at (1-800) 518-4726 or The Contact Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, closed on Federal holidays. If you require additional assistance please contact the Grants Policy Office at (301) 443-5204 at least fifteen days prior to the application deadline. To submit an application electronically, please use the apply site. Download a copy of the application package, on the website, complete it offline and then upload and submit the application via the site. 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 92 for State and local governments.

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 office, 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?
Program reports are not applicable. Grantees will be required to submit quarterly Federal Financial Report (SF-425 or FFR) to Payment Management Services. Progress reports are required annually, semi-annually or quarterly depending on the time lines set by the IHS program. A final progress report is due 90 days after the end of each budget period and at the end of the final project period. For Indians into Nursing, program progress reports are required semi-annually, within 30 days after the budget period ends. These reports must include a brief comparison of actual accomplishments to the goals established for the period, or, if applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of progress, and other pertinent information as required. A final report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period. Federal Financial Report FFR (SF-425), Cash Transaction Reports are due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to Payment Management Services, HHS at: It is recommended that the applicant also send a copy of the FFR (SF-425) report to the Grants Management Specialist. Failure to submit timely reports may cause a disruption in timely payments to the organization. IHS grants are monitored by the Division of Grants Management for financial compliance and by the IHS Program Staff for programmatic compliance.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
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
None. Indians Into Psychology Contact: Mr. Michael Berryhill, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-2443.

Indians Into Medicine Contact: Ms. Jackie Santiago, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-3396.

Indians into Nursing Contact: Ms. Naomi Aspaas, Office of Public Health Support, Division of Health Professions Support, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-2362.

Medical Professionals Recruitment and Continuing Education Program Contact: Nannette Bellini, Health Professions Recruiter, Office of Public Health Support, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-0049.

Grants Management Contact: Ms. Tammy Bagley, Acting Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite TMP 360, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 443-9602. Use the same number for FTS.
Headquarters Office
Grants Policy Office 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite TMP 360, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: 301-443-5204
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $1,669,697; FY 15 est $1,669,697; and FY 16 est $0 - for Indians into Nursing, section 112. (Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $25,000; FY 15 est $25,000; and FY 16 est $0 - for Medical Professionals Recruitment and Continuing Education Programs. (Project Grants) FY 14 $715,078; FY 15 est $715,078; and FY 16 est $715,078 - for American Indians into Psychology (InPsych). (Project Grants) FY 14 $1,097,364; FY 15 est $1,097,364; and FY 16 est $1,097,364 - for American Indians into Medicine (InMed).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR 36.310 - 36.319. 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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