Nurse Education, Practice Quality and Retention Grants
Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP): Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Program: The IPCP: BHI Program was initiated in July 2016 to address the significant unmet need for behavioral health services in community-based primary care settings. The IPCP: BHI program expands evidence-based practices into nurse-led primary care teams to increase access to care, enhance care coordination and improve patient, family, and community outcomes in rural and underserved communities. Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program: The purpose of this four-year training program is to recruit and train nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams to increase access to care, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions. The program aims to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing national public health issues, even the distribution of the nursing workforce, improve access to care and improve population health outcomes. Veteran Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program: The purpose of this three four-year training program is to recruit and train veteran nursing students and current registered nurses (RNs) to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care teams to increase access to care, with an emphasis on veteran care, chronic disease prevention and control, including mental health and substance use conditions. The program aims to achieve a sustainable primary care nursing workforce equipped with the competencies necessary to address pressing veteran public health issues, as well as the distribution of the nursing workforce, improve access to care and improve population health outcomes Veteran?s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Program: this program was designed to increase enrollment, progression, and graduation of veterans from Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) programs. The program aimed to facilitate the transition of veterans into the field of professional nursing, while building upon skills, knowledge, and training acquired during their military service to increase employment opportunities.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2018
Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP): Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Program: In Academic Year 2017-2018, IPCP grantees trained nearly 5,300 individuals. Grantees partnered with 150 clinical sites to provide interprofessional team-based training to 5,012 individuals. Approximately 61 percent of the clinical training sites were located in medically underserved communities, and 55 percent were in primary care settings. More than 58 percent of interprofessional trainees were nurses and nursing students, while 2,120 were trainees from other health care disciplines, including medical, dental, and behavioral health. Although targets were not met, this was primarily because the number of funded grantees was reduced. Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RNPC) Training Program: The 42 awardees are located in underserved and rural areas in 26 U.S. States and all ten regions are represented. Eighty-six percent of the awardees are schools of nursing and six are healthcare facilities. Veteran Nurses in Primary Care (VNPC) Training Program: NEPQR-VNPC award recipients are located in seven states across five HRSA regions. All are partnered with multiple primary care clinics located in HRSA designated rural or geographic primary care health professions shortage areas; 100% of the award recipients are Schools of Nursing.
Section 831 and 831A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 296p and 42 U.S.C. 296p-1)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Schools of nursing affiliated with the proposed project must be an accredited public or private school. Applicants must provide documentation of current accreditation by a national nurse education accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the purposes of nursing education. Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facilities. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
NEPQR Project participants (NEPQR-VBSN, NEPQR-IPCP BHI, NEPQR-RNPC, NEPQR-VNPC), or students in the eligible accredited nursing program, must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign nationals who possess visas permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible. The program requires RNs and APRNs to hold a valid license and be an employee of the accredited school of nursing as defined by section 801(2), health care facility, or partner of such a school and/or facility. In addition, NEPQR-VBSN required and VPNC now requires student participants to be honorably or generally discharged service members or reservists, with prior medical training, who have not yet earned Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. Active duty service members will also be considered eligible contingent upon their ability to meet university admission requirements, military obligations (as applicable), and commanding officer permissions.
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?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 Grants.gov. 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. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
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
Approximately 120 - 180 days after receipt of applications.
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?
Funds may be used for salaries of personnel specifically employed for the project; consultant fees; supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the project; essential travel expenses and other expenses related to the project.
Restricted Uses: Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment.
Financial support for student participants is permissible under the RNPC and VNPC grant programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after 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.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information: The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for grant activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving the award.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
RNPC provides support for a four-year project period. VNPC provides support for a three-year project period. VBSN grant recipients each received one additional year of supplemental funding. IPCP BHI provided support for a three-year project period, with two, one year extensions in funding Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), 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
NEPQR-IPCP:BHI: Sara Azimi-BolourianLeslie Poudrier, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: 301-443-35114926 NEPQR-RNPC: Carolyn Nganga-Good and Kirk Koyama, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: 301-443-2251/301-443-4926 Fax: 301-443-0791 NEPQR-VBSN: Marian Smithey, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N-128A, Rockville, Maryland 20857; Phone: 301-443-3831. NEPQR-VNPC: Marian Smithey, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N-128A, Rockville, Maryland 20857; Phone: 301-443-3831.
NEPQR-IPCP/NEPQR-IPCP:BHI: Kirk Koyama, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N-104A,
Rockville, MD 20857 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$3,346,028.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$9,611,566.00; FY 16$9,639,618.00; - NEPQR-VBSN (Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$9,642,645.00; FY 19 est $9,622,941.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$9,642,645.00; FY 16$4,321,275.00; - NEPQR-IPCP:BHI(Project Grants) FY 18$25,747,431.00; FY 19 est $27,043,539.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$3,115,607.00; - NEPQR-RNPC(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $3,204,015.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
NEPQR-VBSN: FY18 Range: $131,830-$350,000, Average: $304,184 FY 19 Range: $0 FY 20 Range: $0, Average $0 NEPQR-IPCP:BHI: FY18 Range: $350,000-$500,000, Average: $487,935; FY 19 Range: $431,718-$500,000, Average $492,441; FY 20 Range: $0, Average: $0 NEPQR-RNPC: FY18 Range: $279,104-$700,000, Average: $613,034; FY19 Range: $291,004 -$700,000, Average: 637,090 FY 20 Range: $0 Average $0 NEPQR-VNPC FY18 Range: $0 Average $0 FY19 Range: $392,846-$500,000, Average: $457,716 FY20 Range: $0 Average $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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/hhsgrantspolicy.pdf.
Examples of Funded Projects