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Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Grants to USA Dental Training Programs for Loan
Repayment Programs for Dental Hygiene Workers

GrantWatch ID#: 181823
Agency Type:

Federal

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW), Division of Medicine and Dentistry

06/21/17

07/17/17 11:59 PM ET

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Grants to USA dental and dental hygiene training programs to incentivize entry into the dental hygiene workforce through a loan repayment program. Applicants are advised that the required online registrations may take up to one month to complete. The goal of this program is to increase the number of dental and dental hygiene faculty in the workforce by assisting training programs to attract and retain faculty through loan repayment.

HRSA will award a preference to applicants providing loan repayment to pediatric dentistry faculty supervising residents at dental training institutions providing clinical services in dental clinics located in dental schools, hospitals, or community-based affiliated sites.

Program Requirements:

Award recipients must create and manage a loan repayment program for dental and dental hygiene faculty individuals who agree to serve as full-time faculty members within the disciplines of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, dental public health, or dental hygiene.

Awardees must create a Selection Committee to identify and determine the individual loan repayment recipient(s). To the extent that the applicant is interested in obtaining priority scoring, the Selection Committee should be made aware of the priority afforded to institutions that have a history of assisting students from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds. Awardees must select loan repayment recipient(s) prior to the end of the first budget period of the award (August 31, 2018). No member on the Selection Committee, or the Project Director (PD), is eligible for loan repayment through this program.

The institution’s loan repayment program will pay an amount equal to 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 percent for each successive year of service up to 5 years, respectively, of the individual’s student loan balance, as calculated based on principal and interest owed at the initiation of the agreement. Loan repayments are to be made upon completion of each year of service and may not be prorated.

Direct and indirect costs associated with the creation and management of the loan repayment program at the institution must be paid for out of these above-listed amounts or absorbed by the institution. Please note: subsequent funding increases are based on the appropriation of funds.

Funding Preference:

This program provides a funding preference for some applicants. Applicants receiving the preference will be placed in a more competitive position among applications that can be funded. Applications that do not receive a funding preference will receive full and equitable consideration during the review process. HRSA staff will determine the funding factor qualification. Funding preference will be given to all applicants proposing loan repayment to pediatric dentistry faculty supervising residents at dental training institutions providing clinical services in dental clinics located in dental schools, hospitals, or community-based affiliated sites.

Background:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dentists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.1 While the number of oral health providers may be growing, significant unmet need exists for vulnerable and underserved populations. On May 17, 2017, there were 705 geographic areas, 1,630 population groups, and 3,248 facilities designated for 5,583 Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

The recruitment and retention of faculty to train future dental health professionals is critical to address the dental health professional shortages. In academic year (AY) 2013-14, 31 percent of full-time faculty who separated from U.S. dental schools retired, up from 22 percent in AY 2011-12.2 During that same period, the number of vacant faculty positions with active searches rose from 175 to 183.3 New faculty hires are primarily in junior faculty positions, with 53 percent of new faculty members hired at the Assistant Professors rank.

An Institute of Medicine Report on Advancing Oral Health in America points out, “While the number of programs is increasing, faculty recruitment, especially for dental schools and dental hygiene programs, is a persistent problem; this is often due to low salary.” Rising student debt is also a concern. According to the American Dental Education Association, after adjusting for inflation, educational debt for students at public schools since 1990 has nearly tripled; for students at private and private state-related schools, debt has more than doubled.

$800,000

Estimated Number of Award(s): Up to eight grant(s)

Estimated Award Amount:
-Up to $100,000 - Year 1
-Up to $150,000 - Year 2
-Up to $200,000 - Year 3
-Up to $250,000 - Year 4
-Up to $300,000 - Year 5

The project period is September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2022 (5 years).

Eligible entities include entities that have programs in dental or dental hygiene schools, or approved residency or advanced education programs in the practice of general, pediatric, or public health dentistry.

Eligible applicants must have accredited training programs in dental or dental hygiene schools, or approved residency or advanced education programs in the practice of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, or dental public health.

Preference in making grant awards will be given to applicants providing loan repayment to pediatric dentistry faculty supervising residents at dental training institutions providing clinical services in dental clinics located in dental schools, hospitals, or community-based affiliated sites.

Current recipients of awards under the Dental Faculty Development and Loan Repayment Program are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.

Foreign entities are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.

The Oral Health Branch (OHB) in BHW’s Division of Medicine and Dentistry will conduct two technical assistance (TA) sessions for this NOFO.

The first session will be a webinar and will include information important for preparing an application and an opportunity to ask questions. A taped replay of the audio portion and a recording of the webinar will be available after the webinar ends and will remain available through the closing date of the funding opportunity.

The following TA sessions have been scheduled:
-Webinar: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
-Conference Call: Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

Anticipated Total Annual Available Funding:
-Year 1: $ 800,000
-Year 2: $1,200,000
-Year 3: $1,600,000
-Year 4: $2,000,000
-Year 5: $2,400,000

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current immediately. Deadline extensions are not granted for lack of registration. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.

The due date for applications under this NOFO is July 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=294248

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

To attend the June 21 Webinar:
Call-In Number: 1-888-456-0283
Participant Code: 6002636
Web link: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/dflr_17_115/
Playback number: 800-583-8095

To attend the July 11 Conference Call:
Conference Number: 888-456-0283
Participant passcode: 6002636
Playback Number: 866-480-3542

Nicolette Bennett, RDH, MHA Project Officer
Oral Health Branch
P: (301) 443-3562
F: (301) 443-0162
NBennett@hrsa.gov

93.059

HRSA-17-115

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