Public Health Training Centers Grant Program


To improve the nation's public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competencies and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce. Emphasis is placed on developing the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving the infrastructure of the public health system and helping achieve the Healthy People 2020 Objectives. With respect to a Public Health Training Center, applicants must agree to: (1) specifically designate a geographic area, including medically underserved populations, e.g., elderly, immigrants/refugees, disadvantaged, to be served by the Center that shall be in a location removed from the main location of the teaching facility of the school participating in the program with a Center; (2) assess the public health personnel needs of the area to be served by the Center and assist in the planning and development of training programs to meet their needs; (3) establish or strengthen field placements for students in public or nonprofit private public health agencies or organizations; and (4) involve faculty members and students in collaborative projects to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Title VII, Sections 765 and 766 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295a), as amended by P.L. 105-392 Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111-148.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Accredited schools of public health or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training in public health may apply. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Accredited schools of public health or other public or nonprofit private institutions accredited for the provision of graduate or specialized training will benefit.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all federal grant opportunities. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through
Award Procedure
All 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 (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days after receipt of applications.
Not Applicable.
At the end of the initial project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted.
How are proposals selected?
Procedures for assessing the technical merit of applications have been instituted to provide for 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. Selection criteria can be found in the program guidance at
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may support salaries, stipends, consultant costs, equipment, and travel as requested to develop and implement a Public Health Training Center. Grant funds may not be used for construction, patient services or student tuition.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are required. The awardee will be required to submit semi-annual performance reports and annual progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see below for general information on each required report). Cash reports are not applicable. The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the awardee 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 (FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Electronic reporting requirements can be viewed at
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records three years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Review (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 periods for FY10 awards were up to four years. For new starts in FY11 awards were up to a three year project period in order to realign grantee cohorts to be the same cycle for the next competition. 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. Current program closes out August 31, 2014.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Angela Landeen, 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 9-C-26, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-1550, Email:
Headquarters Office
Julia Sheen-Aaron, Chief, Behavioral and Public Health Branch, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce Room 9C-26 , 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-3875
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 13 $3,846,131; FY 14 est $23,332,427; and FY 15 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 14 – not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for state, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

HRSA awards are 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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