Tribal Recruitment and Retention of Health Professionals into Indian Health Programs


To make financial assistance awards to Indian tribes and tribal and Indian health organizations to enable them to recruit, place, and retain health professionals to fill critical vacancies and to meet the staffing needs of Indian health programs and facilities including those administered by the Indian Health Service (IHS).

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Indian Health Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Section 110, Public Law 94-437.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any federally-recognized Indian tribe or tribal or Indian health organization is eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Preference is given to those applicants who propose to recruit for health programs and facilities that IHS has designated as high priority for the IHS Loan Repayment Program for physicians, nurses, and other health professions.
Costs for other institutions will be determined by HHS Regulations 45 CFR 74, Subpart Q. OMB Circular No. A-87 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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic submission through However, should any technical problems arise regarding the submission, please contact Customer Support at (1-800) 518-4726 or The Contact Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except for Federal holidays). If you require additional assistance please contact the Grants Policy Office at (301) 443-5204 at least 15 days prior to the application deadline. To submit an application electronically, please use the apply site. Download a copy of the application package, on the website, complete it offline and then upload and submit the application via the site. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us.
Award Procedure
Grants are made directly by the Indian Health Service to applicant agency, based on results of competitive review process.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Within 90 days of IHS deadline.
Not Applicable.
Continuation applications must be submitted via annually. Continuation funding is subject to availability of funds, satisfactory performance, and continuing need of the IHS for the program.
How are proposals selected?
Need - Is the need for the project justified? If a project targets urban Indian health programs, is there justification and documentation for conducting activities at that site? Do proposed efforts complement and expand past recruitment efforts? Approach - Are the objectives well stated? Is the applicant's work plan for conducting the project sound and effective? Is the approach innovative? Are the activities proposed cost effective and will they lead to effective recruitment, placement, and retention? Adequacy of Management Controls - Is the applicant capable of successfully conducting the project both from a technical and business standpoint? Is the proposed interaction with IHS staff adequate for an application for recruitment of Federal staff? Is the budget sound in relation to the work plan and does it assure effective utilization of grant funds? Are the facilities and equipment adequate? Key Personnel - Regarding the position descriptions, are the qualifications of key personnel appropriate and adequate to carry out the project? If a resume is provided, are the individual's qualifications and experiences consistent with the position description and conduct of the project?.
How may assistance be used?
Establishing and operating programs designed to recruit and retain health professionals into Indian health programs and facilities. All IHS funds are discretionary funds.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Grantees will be required to submit quarterly Federal Financial Report (SF-425 or FFR) to the Division of Payment Management Branch. Progress reports are required annually, semi-annually or quarterly depending on the time lines set by the IHS program. A final progress report is due 90 days after the end of each budget period and at the end of the final project period. Grantees will be required to submit quarterly Federal Financial Report (SF-425 or FFR) to the Division of Payment Management Branch. IHS grants are monitored by the Division of Grants Management for financial compliance and by the IHS Program Staff for programmatic compliance.
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.
DHHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving 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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payments of grant funds are made through the DHHS Payment Management System or DHHS Electronic Transfer System. Information will be forwarded to new grantees regarding the process of obtaining funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. For program information, contact Mr. Raymond Lala, Chief Recruitment, Office of Public Health Support, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 450A, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-5710.

Grants Management Contact: Ms. Tammy Bagley, Acting Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite TMP 360, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 443-9602. Use the same number for FTS.
Headquarters Office
Grants Policy Office 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite TMP 360, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: 301-443-5204
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Training) FY 11 $0; FY 12 est $0; and FY 13 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, amended by Public Law 100-713, enacted November 23, 1988; HHS Grants Policy Statement dated 1/07.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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