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
Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
M - Training
Fiscal Year 2016
It is estimated that 6 to 8 individual fellowships and 18 institutional grants will be awarded. 7 individual fellowships and 18 institutional grants were awarded.Fiscal Year 2017
6 individual fellowships and 18 institutional grants were awarded.Fiscal Year 2018
5 individual fellowships and 19 institutional grants were awarded.Fiscal Year 2019
It is estimated that 3 to 4 individual fellowships and 19 institutional grants will be awarded.Fiscal Year 2020
No current data available.
Public Law 115-245
Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. 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.
Individuals and public or private nonprofit organizations or institutions 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
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. Indirect costs are not allowed for Fellowships. For training grants, indirect costs are 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?
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
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
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857 US
(Training) FY 18$8,516,246.00; FY 19 est $8,719,452.00; FY 20 est $8,719,452.00; FY 17$8,060,380.00; FY 16$7,974,677.00; - Grants for recipients to provide training to fellows or trainees.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
(Individual Fellowships) $60,147 to $77,762; $68,179 average. (Institutional) $361,302 to $538,374; $386,528 average. These figures are total costs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Title 42 CFR Part 66; HHS Grants Policy Statement, January 1, 2007.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
No current data available. See https://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/index.html.Fiscal Year 2017
See: https://www.ahrq.gov/funding/training-grants/index.htmlFiscal Year 2018