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Advanced Nursing Education Grant Program

Number: 93.247
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.247 Advanced Nursing Education Grant Program
Federal Agency (030):
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Title VIII, Section 811 (a)(1) of the Public Health Service Act, (42 U.S.C. 296j(a)(1)), as amended by Section 5308 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148.
Objectives (050):
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, and post-nursing master's certificate programs, Grants are also awarded to certificate programs in existence on November 12, 1998 that prepare nurse mid-wives to become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, public health nurses or other nurse specialties determined by the Secretary to require advanced education.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may be used to cover 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 that are allowed for administrative costs incurred as a result of the project, are limited to 8 percent of direct costs. Student support through stipends, tuition, and fees is not eligible for support.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-74) enacted December 23, 2011, limits the salary amount that may be awarded and charged to HRSA grants and cooperative agreements. HRSA funds may not be used to pay the salary of an individual at a rate in excess of the Executive Level II salary of the Federal Executive Pay scale. This salary limitation also applies to subawards/subcontracts for substantive work under a HRSA grant or cooperative agreement.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, State or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities accredited by a national nurse education accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The school must be located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments, and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
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.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 Procedures (092):
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 Please visit the Web site at to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All eligible 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 selections and funding decisions.
Award Procedure (093):
Notification is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 6 months after receipt of applications.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
At the end of the project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. See funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Project periods for new applications are three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
The awardee will be required to submit semi-annual performance and annual progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see below for general information on each required report). Cash reports are required. Performance data for the recently completed academic year must be reported for each budget period semi-annually before January 31 and before July 31. The Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) requirements and performance measures will be available at The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
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 (113):
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records three 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 three 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 three year period, whichever is later.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $31,245,411; FY 14 est $25,087,491; and FY 15 est $36,581,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
FY 2013 - an average award of $300,437, a minimum award of $101,445 and a maximum award of $495,355

FY 2014 - an average award of $329,966, a minimum award of $139,257 and a maximum award of $375,000

FY 2015 – est projected average award of $12,342,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
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
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
Serina Hunter-Thomas and Nancy Douglas-Kersellius, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce Room 9-89, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-5688
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Approval of an application will be based on an analysis of the factors set forth in the HRSA funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Project purposes must be consistent with and promote the purpose identified in Statute. The need must be documented and the capability for achieving project goals must be described. In making grant awards 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.