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Grants to USA Medical, Nursing, and Physician Assistant
Schools for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Training

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

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04/20/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA medical schools, nursing schools and programs, and physician assistant schools to improve medication-assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorders. Applicants are advised that registrations required to apply may take up to six weeks to complete. Schools will ensure that students meet the training requirements needed to provide medication-assisted treatment services.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Provider’s Clinical Support System – Universities (Short Title: PCSS-Universities) grants. The purpose of this program is to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT through ensuring the education and training of students in the medical, physician assistant (PA), and nurse practitioner (NP) fields. This program’s focus is to ensure students fulfill the training requirements needed to obtain a DATA waiver to prescribe MAT in office-based settings. The desired outcomes include: 1) an increase in the number of individuals completing the training requirements for the DATA waiver; 2) an increase in the number of individuals with a DATA waiver; and 3) an ultimate increase in those prescribing.

Key Personnel:

Key personnel are staff members who must be part of the project regardless of whether or not they receive a salary or compensation from the project. These staff members must make a substantial contribution to the execution of the project. The key personnel for the PCSS-Universities grants is the Project Director.

Required Activities:

  • Develop a DATA waiver training plan that is approved by one of the DATA waiver organizations named in law as eligible to certify that the training plan meets DATA waiver requirements or obtain approval of the planned curriculum from your state medical board. Develop efforts to work with other states for waiver reciprocity for students trained in your school but who may leave the state to practice in another state.
  • Ensure faculty with the knowledge, training, expertise, and experience necessary to train students on DATA waiver content are secured to provide this training. Faculty and trainers providing this education must have the DATA waiver (if eligible by profession) and must be able to demonstrate significant experience with the treatment of patients with OUD and other substance use disorders (SUD) as well as current experience with MAT in clinical settings that can also be used as training sites for students as part of their practical education. Content of the training will include topics outlined in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA):
    • Opioid maintenance and detoxification;
    • Appropriate clinical use of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of opioid use disorder;
    • Initial and periodic patient assessments (including substance use monitoring);
    • Individualized treatment planning, overdose reversal, and relapse prevention;
    • Counseling and recovery support services;
    • Staffing roles and considerations;
    • Diversion control; and
    • Other best practices.
  • Ensure DATA waiver training is a standard part of curriculum which is offered to all relevant students. The standard core curriculum must comprise this training as a component.
  • Ensure appropriate students meet full training requirements for the waiver by the completion of their education. This includes at least 8 hours of training for physicians and at least 24 hours for PAs/NPs.
  • Provide appropriate marketing for this training, explanation of needs for such training, and outreach to students for the training project.
  • Train in both didactic and practice settings. Once students begin clinical rotations, ensure that students receiving the training are exposed to actual implementation which includes working with patients receiving MAT for OUD. Students must be given the opportunity to shadow physicians, PAs, and NPs who are providing treatment, including MAT for OUD.
  • Develop a plan to sustain inclusion of the curriculum into the established school curricula and training of health professionals after the grant has ended. 

For information about allowable activities, see:

For information about other expectations, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 183885

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000 per year

Term of Contract:

The length of the project period is up to 3 years.

The anticipated project start date is September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are medical schools, physician assistant schools, and schools of nursing (programs for nurse practitioners).

PCSS-Universities recipients that received an award in FY 2019 under announcement TI-19-011 are not eligible to apply for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on April 20, 2021.

All applicants must register with NIH’s eRA Commons in order to submit an application. This process takes up to six weeks. If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately. Do not wait to start this process.

Applicants must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and

SAMHSA applicants are required to obtain a valid DUNS Number, also known as the Unique Entity Identifier, and provide that number in the application. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, access the Dun and Bradstreet website at: or call 1-866-705-5711.

Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372): Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their state(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.

Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS)/Single State Agency Coordination: Applicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate state and local health agencies by the application deadline. Comments from the Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after the application deadline.

For Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372) requirements, including PHSIS requirements, see here:

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Contact Information:

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

For program-related and eligibility questions contact:

Fola Kayode
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1910

For fiscal/budget-related questions contact:

Corey Sullivan
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grants Management
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1213 or (240) 276-1412

For grant review process and application status questions contact:

Irvin Moore
Office of Financial Resources, Division of Grant Review
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(240) 276-1003

If you encounter problems when submitting your application in, you must attempt to resolve them by contacting the Service Desk at the following:
- By e-mail:
- By phone: (toll-free) 1-800-518-4726 (1-800-518-GRANTS)

Additional support is also available from the NIH eRA Service desk at:
- By e-mail:
- By phone: 301-402-7469 or (toll-free) 1-866-504-9552. (press menu option 6 for SAMHSA)

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