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Nursing Students with Financial Assistance

Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program

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United States Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) - Division of Nursing and Public Health

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Grants starting at $1,000 to USA and territories IHEs with nursing programs to provide tuition support and financial assistance to nurse anesthetist students. The institution will issue funds to the student to cover the cost of tuition, fees, course texts, and living stipends. Funding must be used for the following activities:

Recipients must use funds for the following activities:

1) Provide traineeship awards to full-time nurse anesthesia students who are enrolled in an accredited graduate-level Nurse Anesthesia Program.

2) Traineeship awards must not exceed $22,000 per trainee per year and are limited to the payment of full or partial tuition and fees, books (required textbooks and e-books), and reasonable living expenses (stipends).

3) Training periods that are less than a year are to be pro-rated for reasonable living expenses (stipends) of the trainee during the period for which the traineeship is provided.

Recipients must complete the following administrative and management activities:

1) Identify full-time registered nursing students enrolled in an accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia program.

2) Evaluate the program by identifying barriers to success and resolutions to challenges, to include but not limited to: meeting the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia educational programs and the institutional academic standards, retention of students in the program, national certification pass rates, or any other barrier faced within the nurse anesthesia program.

3) Track, collect and report student- and graduate-level data for programmatic reporting requirements.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162439

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number and Type of Award(s): Up to 80

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum award amount is $1,000.

Traineeship awards must not exceed $22,000 per trainee per year.

Term of Contract:

The project period is July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 (1 year).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are education programs that provide registered nurses with full-time nurse anesthesia education and are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Such programs may include schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities authorized by the Secretary to confer degrees to registered nurses for full-time nurse anesthesia education.

Faith-based and community-based organizations, Tribes, and tribal organizations may apply for these funds if otherwise eligible.

Schools of nursing affiliated with the proposed project that provide formal degree programs must be accredited by a national nurse education accrediting agency or State approval agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education for the purposes of nursing education.

Nurse anesthesia programs must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). Applicants must submit an official letter of accreditation as proof of accreditation specifically stating that accreditation has been granted and the period of time covered by the accreditation as Attachment 1.


-For-profit entities are not eligible under this FOA.

-Individuals are not eligible to apply.

-Foreign entities are not eligible for HRSA awards, unless the authorizing legislation specifically authorizes awards to foreign entities or the award is for research. This exception does not extend to research training awards or construction of research facilities. In addition to entities in the 50 States, only entities in the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau may apply. Schools of Nursing Nursing programs, eligible entities and CRNA degree-conferring institutions must be accredited for the purpose of nursing education.

To be eligible for NAT Program support from an academic institution, the student must be:

-A registered nurse enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia program.

-A citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (individuals on temporary or student visas are NOT eligible to receive NAT Program support); and

-Eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist upon program completion.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A technical assistance Adobe Connect Webinar was scheduled for applicants as follows:

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 12:30 Noon –1:30 PM Eastern Time

Dial-in #: 888-994-3814
Participant Passcode: 5565369

Webinar replays are generally available one hour after a call ends.

Phone #: 800-925-0904
Passcode: 7822

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The due date for applications under this FOA is December 5, 2016 PM Eastern Time.

You must obtain a valid DUNS number, also known as the Unique Entity Identifier for your organization/agency and provide that number in the application. You must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and continue to maintain active SAM registration with current information.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Karen Delia Breeden, MPA, Public Health Analyst
Division of Nursing and Public Health Phone

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