Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) Public Health Traineeships

 

To provide traineeship support to cover the costs associated with tuition, fees, stipends and allowances ( including travel, subsistence expenses and dependency allowances) for students pursuing graduate training or specialized education in six core public health shortage disciplines such as support students pursuing a graduate degree in fields with a severe shortage of health professionals, such as epidemiology, environmental health, toxicology, nutrition, biostatistics, and maternal and child health. Students receiving traineeship support must also participate in public health practice-based field placements particularly in state and local health departments and/or in underserved communities. through the provision of tuition, fees, stipends and allowances.

The purpose of this grant program is to provide grants to accredited schools of public health and to other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in severe workforce shortage disciplines of public health. The PHT Program will provide traineeship support to cover the costs associated with tuition, fees, stipends and allowances (including travel and subsistence expenses and dependency allowances) for students pursuing graduate training or specialized education in six core public health disciplines (epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, toxicology, nutrition and maternal and child health) identified in the legislative language as severe workforce shortage areas. The traineeship support is to encourage students to pursue and continue their training in the public health shortage disciplines identified. Students receiving traineeship support must also participate in public health practice-based field placements particularly in state and local health departments and/or in underserved communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.964
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Title VII, Section 767 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended by section 5206 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are schools of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and/or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited by a body recognized for the purpose of providing graduate or specialized training in public health, Faith-based and community-based organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply for these funds if otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
(1) Trainees must be United States Citizens, non-citizen nationals, foreign national having in his/her possession a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. ;(2) trainees must be enrolled in a post-bachelor’s certificate, master’s or doctoral public health program; (3) trainees must be pursuing one of the six shortage public health disciplines ; and (4) trainees must be committed to participating in a practice-based internship or field placement, preferably in state and local health departments and /or organizations in underserved communities.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 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. 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.
Award Procedure
Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Other - Not Specified.
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 Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed selection criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used only to support students enrolled in grant-eligible post-bachelor’s degree certificate program, a master’s program, or a doctoral program in public health to pursue training or specialized education in the six core public health disciplines ( of epidemiology, environmental health, biostatistics, toxicology, nutrition and maternal and child health). Traineeship expenditures may be used for payment of stipends, tuition and fees in accordance with the institution's established rates, and a transportation allowance on an individual trainee basis when prior approval has been obtained from the Grants Management Officer. Grantees may not spend grant funds for sectarian instruction or for any religious purpose. Funding may not be used for courses or other expenses related to the grantee’s non-public health degree curriculum. Funding may not be used to support residency requirements. Use of traineeship funds for indirect cost (overhead) of the trainee institution is not authorized. Up to twenty percent of funding may be dedicated to grantee activities other than traineeship support, including recruitment of students and development and implementation of practice-based field placements; this amount includes indirect costs. No less than eighty percent of a grantee’s overall requested budget must be dedicated and distributed as traineeships to enrolled students in the identified public health disciplines. Student stipends should not exceed $5,000 per student per year. A stipend can also be provided as a subsistence allowance to help trainees defray living expenses during the training experience.

Restricted Uses: Indirect costs allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project,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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
The recipient will be required to submit semi-annual performance and annual progress reports. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA’s Application Guide. A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html). Competing continuation recipients, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
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.
Records
Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records three 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 three 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 three year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project period for this program was originally for three years. Due to the program close out on September 1, 2015, the project period has been reduced to one year; September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2015. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees 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
See Regional Agency Offices. Julia Sheen-Aaron, Chief, Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce Room 9C-05 , 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: JSheen-aaron@hrsa.gov, Phone: (301) 443-3875.

Miryam Gerdine, Project Officer, Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-05, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-6760, Email: mgerdine@hrsa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Kellie Gilchrist, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9C-05, , Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: kgilchrist@hrsa.gov Phone: 301-443-1077
Website Address
http://www.hrsa.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0353-0-1-552.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $6,391,527; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2014: (actual funding figures) $77,411 to $150,000 per year based on the number of students.
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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