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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
93.358 Advanced Nursing Education Traineeships

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Health Service Act, Title VIII, Section 811, 42 U.S.C. 296j, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392, Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.
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Grants are awarded to eligible institutions to provide financial support through traineeships for registered nurses enrolled in advanced education nursing programs to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse administrators, nurse educators, public health nurses and nurses in other specialties determined by the Secretary to require advanced education.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds can only be used to pay all or part of the costs of tuition, books, and fees of the program of advanced nurse education, and reasonable living expenses of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 removed the ´┐ŻNo more than ten percent of the traineeship funds under this section may be obligated for individuals in doctoral degree programs´┐Ż restriction.

Indirect costs and trainee travel are not allowed. Maximum period of support is limited to 36 months of full or part-time study for each graduate student. Nurse anesthetist students are only eligible for traineeship support during their first year of study. They are eligible for Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship Program traineeships during their second and third years of study.

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:   The participating institutions select traineeship recipients. A candidate must be enrolled in an advanced education nursing program for preparation as a nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist, public health nurse, nurse administrator, nurse educator, or other nurse specialty determined by the Secretary to require advanced education. The candidate must be pursuing a master's or doctoral degree, a combined RN to master's degree, nurse-midwifery certificate in existence on November 12, 1998, or a post-nursing master's certificate. The candidate must be a citizen of the United States, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.

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 required. 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. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

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 through a Notice of Award.

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   

Approximately 6-8 months after receipt of application.

Appeals:   

Not Applicable.

Renewals:   

Applications must be submitted annually.

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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 are for (1) year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees 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:   No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Reporting Requirements have changed. The annual FSR is not required. No expenditure reports are required. Program performance will be reported as part of the next competing application.

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.

Records:   Grantees 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.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:  

75-0350-0-1-551.

Obligations:   (Project Grants) FY 09 $16,000,000; FY 10 est $16,000,000; FY 11 est $16,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  

FY 15 Range $100,155 - $350,000; Average $325,138

FY 16 Range $151, 200 - $350,000 Average $331,304.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Fiscal Year 2009: Fiscal Year 2009: awarded 270 grants. Fiscal Year 2010: Fiscal year 2010: awarded 351 grants. Fiscal Year 2011: No 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:   See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office:   Michael McCalla, MSHA, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N94C, Rockville , Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-0856

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

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

All eligible applicants are considered in a formula for calculatingawards. Eligible applicants be accredited and must meet all applicable Federal guidelines and/or graduates must be eligible for national nursing organization certification, and/or programs must meet other national organizational guidelines, as appropriate, in the nursing field of study.

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