National Research Service Awards_Health Services Research Training


To provide predoctoral and postdoctoral training opportunities in health services research. Individual fellowships will be awarded directly to applicants for postdoctoral research training. Domestic institutions will also be awarded grants to enhance predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs and provide support to trainees selected by them. The purpose of these awards is to provide fellows and trainees with both academic training and actual experience in the application of research methods to the systematic analysis and evaluation of the organization, financing, utilization, and delivery of health care services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 7 individual fellowships and 18 institutional training grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: It is estimated that 6 to 8 individual fellowships and 18 institutional training grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Public Health Service Act, Public Law 113-235.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Domestic public or private nonprofit organizations or institutions may apply for training grants. The applicant institutions must have or expand training programs designed to develop competent investigators in the methods and techniques of conducting health services research. State or local governments and U.S. Territories are eligible. Profit-making organizations are not eligible. Individual applicants for postdoctoral fellowships must have received a clinical or research doctoral degree. All persons supported as fellows or trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals and public or private nonprofit organizations or institutions, including State or local governments and U.S. Territories, are the beneficiaries of this program.
An individual applicant for a postdoctoral fellowship must document receipt of a doctoral degree and acceptance by an appropriate institutional sponsor. Institutional applicants for training grants must document their research and training experiences, staff, curriculum, facilities, and other resources available. Costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR Part 75. 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. Information about health services research areas being supported is available from AHRQ. Individual fellowship applicants and institutions should submit Form SF 424 R&R. For State agencies, no State Plan is required. For State and local governments, the standard forms, as furnished by PHS and required by 45 CFR Part 75, may be used.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by a committee including nonfederal consultants who are selected from appropriate scientific fields. AHRQ considers the recommendations of the review committee, program interest, and the availability of funds in the final selection of grantees. When such decisions are made, applicants are notified and a Notice of Award is issued. Before receiving support, all individual fellows and institutional postdoctoral trainees must submit required forms, including a payback agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. Contact AHRQ for deadline dates for Institutional Training Grants. Individual applications for postdoctoral fellowships are due: April 8, August 8, and December 8.
Not Applicable.
If additional support is desired to continue a grant beyond the approved project period, an application for competing continuation must be submitted for review in the same manner as a new application. Generally, no individual may receive more than 3 years of aggregate National Research Service Award support at the postdoctoral level, or 5 years at the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional and individual awards.
How are proposals selected?
For Individual fellowship applications, the following review criteria will be used: (1) The applicant's past academic and research accomplishments; (2) research goals; (3) research training proposed; (4) qualifications of the sponsor; (5) appropriateness of training environment; and (6) reference reports. For Institutional training grant applications, the following review criteria will be used: (1) goals of the proposed training and probability of achievement; (2) substantive content, including courses offered; (3) qualifications and responsibilities of program director and faculty; (4) ability to recruit trainees; (5) extent of institutional participation through provision of necessary space, curriculum time, financial support, and appropriate facilities; (6) documented cooperation of related agencies in providing research experience; (7) proposed number of students; (8) methods for monitoring and evaluating trainees; and (9) reasonableness of budget. In all cases, AHRQ will consider the recommendations of the review committee, the Council program interests, and availability of funds in making the final selection of grantees.
How may assistance be used?
Fellowship support is available for full-time health services research training. An institutional allowance is provided to the sponsoring institution for each fellow. Also, research training grants are awarded to institutions to provide support to trainees selected by the training program director at the grantee institution. This support is available for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees. Offsets for tuition and fees are allowable for trainees, and an amount for training related expenses will be provided. For fellowship and training grants issued under this program, the indirect costs will be capped at 8% MTDC. Postdoctoral fellows and trainees in the first 12 months of postdoctoral NRSA support incur one month of payback obligation for each month of support. The thirteenth and subsequent months of postdoctoral NRSA support are considered payback service for prior postdoctoral support. Predoctoral fellows and trainees do not incur a service payback obligation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Grantees must submit quarterly SF425 reports to PSC. Annual and final progress reports are required. For Institutional Training Grants, a final progress report is due at the close of the project period. Annual reports of activities for tracking payback provisions are required of all fellows and trainees upon termination of support. Annual and final Federal Financial Reports (FFR; SF425) are required for Institutional National Research Service Awards. Annual FFRs must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the budget period ends. The final FFR must be submitted within 90 days after the end date of the project period. 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. In addition, grants records are subject to audit and inspection by Federal auditors.
Records must be retained for at least three years; records shall be retained beyond the three year period if audit findings have not been resolved. Records relating to individual payback obligations are retained for one year after the individual has fulfilled or has been excused from fulfilling the payback obligation.
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
Generally, no individual may receive more than 3 years of aggregate National Research Service Award support at the postdoctoral level, or 5 years at the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional and individual awards. Institutional training grants may be awarded for project periods up to 5 years. Awards are made on an annual basis and it is expected that obligations will be made within the budget period awarded. After awards are issued, funds are released in accordance with the payment procedure established by the grantee with DHHS, which may be an Electronic Transfer System or a Monthly Cash Request system. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Shelley Benjamin 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850 Phone: 301-427-1528
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Training) FY 14 $7,492,907; FY 15 est $7,462,437; and FY 16 est $7,462,437 - Grants for recipients to provide training to fellows or trainees.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
(Individual Fellowships) $17,558 to $67,622; $56,080 average. (Institutions) $160,312 to $594,673; $394,464 average. These figures are total costs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 42 CFR Part 66; HHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: See Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.


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