Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship


The purpose of this program is to support eligible entities to meet the cost of traineeships for individuals in Nurse Anesthesia degree programs.

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
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 Recipients of the NAT Program provided direct financial support to 2,729 nurse anesthetist students. Students received clinical training in medically underserved communities (77 percent) and/or primary care settings (45 percent) during the academic year. More than 1,300 students graduated from their degree programs and entered the workforce. At the time of graduation, 54 percent of graduates intended to pursue employment or further training in medically underserved communities, and 21 percent planned to pursue employment or further training in a primary care setting.
Section 811 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, (42 U.S.C. 296j)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary. Any school(s) of nursing affiliated with this application must be accredited to provide graduate nurse anesthesia education at the time of application - and for the duration of the award - by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. In addition to the 50 states, eligible applicants from the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. Tribes and Tribal organizations may apply for these funds, if otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
NAT funds are awarded to institutions, not individuals. Traineeship recipients are selected by the participating eligible institutions. A candidate must be a citizen of the United States, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, must be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia program, must be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist upon program completion and provide the institution with the necessary information to complete the required Statement of Appointment Form. Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible to receive NAT support.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which 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 The NAT Program is a formula-based grant program that does not undergo a formal Objective Review Process. All eligible, qualified applications are reviewed and assessed internally. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Award Procedure
The funds appropriated for the NAT Program are distributed among eligible institutions based on a formula. Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately from 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.
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. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; and (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for traineeship support to licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia programs. Traineeships may include full or partial costs of the tuition, books/eBooks, fees, and reasonable living expenses (stipends) for the individual during the traineeship. Restricted Uses: Funds may not be used for travel, daily commuting costs of trainees, non-trainee expenses, or indirect costs of the educational institution.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report. 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.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for award activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving this award.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
This funding opportunity provides support for a one-year project period . See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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
Michael McCalla, MHSA 11N94C,Phone (301) 443-0856. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857
Headquarters Office
Karen Breeden, MPA, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health,
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N74B
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: (301) 443-5787
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$4,850,000.00; FY 19 est $2,250,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$229,066.00; FY 16$2,250,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY18 Range: $11,487-$274,539; Average award: $69,406 FY19 Range $4,229-$86,702; Average award: $28,096 FY20 Range estimate $0
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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