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Understanding the Federal Program Descriptions

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93.247 Advanced Nursing Education Grant Program

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Health Service Act, Title VIII, Section 811, 42 U.S.C. 296j, as amended Affordable Care Act, Public Health Law 111-148.
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Grants are awarded to eligible institutions for projects that support the enhancement of advanced nursing education and practice including master's and doctoral programs, combined RN/ master's degree programs, post-nursing master's certificate programs, or in the case of nurse mid-wives, in certificate programs in existence on November 12, 1998, to serve as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, public health nurses, or in other nurse specialties determined by the Secretary to require advanced education.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

To meet the costs of projects that support the enhancement of advanced nursing education and practice. 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 are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project, limited to eight percent of direct costs. Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees is not eligible for support.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, academic health centers, and other private or public nonprofit entities accredited by a recognized body or bodies or State agency, approved for the purpose of nursing education by the Secretary of Education.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Accredited schools of nursing, academic health centers and other public or private entities.

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 prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   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 Grants.gov. Please visit the Grants.gov Web site at www.grants.gov to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities.

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.

Award Procedure:  
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines:   Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Approximately 6 months after receipt of applications.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Competitive continuations may be submitted during the final budget period of the approved project period.

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ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   

Project periods for both new and competing continuation applications are for 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   A progress report must be submitted for the second and subsequent budget periods within an approved project period. Financial Status Reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. A progress report must be submitted for the second and subsequent budget periods within an approved project period. Financial Reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. A progress report must be submitted for the second and subsequent budget periods within an approved project period. Financial Status Reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. A progress report must be submitted for the second and subsequent budget periods within an approved project period. Financial Status Reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. A progress report must be submitted for the second and subsequent budget periods within an approved project period. Financial Status Reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period. A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period.

Audits:   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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.

Records:   Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 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 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.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

75-0350-0-1-550.

Obligations:   (Salaries) FY 09 $43,187,035; FY 10 est $42,355,722; FY 11 est $42,355,722 - FY 09 $43,187,035 (53 new and 107 non-competing continuations); FY 10 est $42,355,722 (40 new and 111 non-competing continuations); FY 11 est $42,355,722.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY 2015 � Award range: $194,365-$700,000; average award of $532,029.

FY 2016 � Award range: $380,354 - $699,996; average award of $597,895.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: In FY 2008, there were 152 grantees awarded with an estimated 5,649 part-time and full-time advanced practice nursing students enrolled and 1,785 graduates. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Daniel Vieira, MSN, RN, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, 5600 Fishers Lane, 11N100D,, Rockville , Maryland 20886 Email: DVieira@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 945-3991

Web Site Address:   http://www.hrsa.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwifery education programs; Clinical Nurse Specialist projects; programs in nurse anesthetist education, nurse educator, nurse administrator, public health nursing, and other nurse specialists determined by the Secretary to require advanced nurse education. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Project purposes must be consistent with and promote the purpose identified in the Law. Need must be documented, and the capability of achieving project goals must be described. In making awards of grants under this Section, preference will be given to any qualified applicant with a project that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in State or local health departments. This preference will only be applied to applications that rank above the 20th percentile of applications recommended for approval.

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