National Research Service Award in Primary Care Medicine


The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that will have significant impact on the nation?s primary care research agenda and ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in the area of primary health care research. The HRSA NRSA program supports institutional training grants awarded to eligible institutions to develop or enhance postdoctoral research training opportunities for individuals who are planning to pursue careers in primary care research.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In Academic Year 2015-2016, 107 individuals (104 fellows and 3 faculty) received NRSA-funded training and financial support. NRSA fellows and faculty authored 233 presentations at professional conferences and 173 articles related to primary care, and the NRSA trainees received 3 education grants and 47 research grants, eight of which were greater than $100,000. The majority of fellows intended to seek employment in research (82.2%), teaching (42.2%), and/or primary care (51.1%).
Fiscal Year 2017 Fiscal Year 2017: In Academic Year 2016-2017, 106 individuals (104 fellows and 2 faculty) received NRSA-funded training and financial support). Approximately 10% (N=11) of NRSA trainees reported coming from financially and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, 14% (N=15) were underrepresented minorities, and 6% (N=6) reported coming from rural residential backgrounds The majority of trainees were internal medicine or pediatrics fellows. NRSA fellows authored 234 presentations at professional conferences and published 194 articles related to primary care. Fellows were awarded 1 education grant and 48 research grants, 13 of which were greater than $100,000. Faculty and fellows delivered 71 courses to more than 700 individuals. The majority of program completers intended to conduct research (95%), practice in primary care (65%), and/or teach (51%) Nearly 73% of prior year graduates were employed in academic institutions.
Fiscal Year 2018 No current data available.
Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 USC 288) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR 66
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are those entities that have received a grant under Title VII, sections 736, 739, or 747 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act designed to prepare the primary health care workforce. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals and public or private nonprofit organizations or institutions, including state or local governments and U.S. Territories. Participants must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign nationals who possess visas permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications that must be submitted with an application package.
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. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through All eligible, qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
NRSA grants are made to approved institutions to enable them to provide up to five years of fellowship support to qualified postdoctoral individuals undertaking primary care research training. Each NRSA trainee is obligated to comply with federal service and payback provisions. Trainees in the first 12 months of postdoctoral support incur one month of service payback obligation for each month of support. Postdoctoral trainees in the 13th and subsequent months of NRSA support do not incur any further service obligation. In addition, the 13th and subsequent months of postdoctoral training serve to discharge the NRSA payback obligation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years from the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award 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
This funding opportunity provides support for a 5-year project period. No individual trainee may receive more than three years of aggregate National Research Service Award support at the post-doctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional and individual awards. Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards. recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Svetlana Cicale, MPH. Project Officer. Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15N130D
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: (301) 443-7271
Fax: 301-443-8890
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$7,485,782.00; FY 19 est $8,073,567.00; FY 20 est $7,900,000.00; FY 17$7,485,782.00; FY 16$7,969,505.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of awards in FY 2018 is $159,362 to $400,000. The average award is $365,889. The range of awards in FY 2019 is $170,319 to $403,678. The average award is $403,678. The estimated range of awards in FY 2020 is $175,000 to $405,000. The estimated average award is $400,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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