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Disadvantaged Health Professions Faculty Loan Repayment (FLRP) and Minority Faculty Fellowship Program (MFFP)

FLRP/MFF
Number: 93.923
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.923 Disadvantaged Health Professions Faculty Loan Repayment (FLRP) and Minority Faculty Fellowship Program (MFFP)
Federal Agency (030):
Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Title VII, Section 738(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 738 [293b]), as amended by P.L. 105-392.
Objectives (050):
The purpose of the Minority Faculty Fellowship Program is to assist eligible entities in increasing the number of under-represented minority faculty at health professions schools. The applicant school shall demonstrate its ability to: (1) identify, recruit, and select under-represented minority individuals who have potential for teaching, administration, or conducting research at health professions schools; (2) provide such individuals with the skills necessary to enable them to: (a) secure a tenured faculty position, or its equivalent, according to the policies of the school; (b) learn pedagogical skills and program administration; (c) design and conduct research; (d) write grants; and (e) prepare articles prepare articles suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals; (3) provide services designed to assist such individuals in their preparation for an academic career, including provision of counselors; and 4) enable the fellow to provide health services to rural and/or medically underserved populations.
Types of Assistance (060):
DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR A SPECIFIED USE; PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) - Funds will be used to repay qualifying health professions educational loans consisting of principal and interest on loans incurred by the applicant while enrolled in a school in return for serving a minimum of least 2 years as a full-time or part-time faculty member at one of the following accredited health profession schools: allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine; dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing (RN or Advanced Practice RN), physician assistants, allied health or graduate programs in public health or behavioral and mental health.


Minority Faculty Fellowship Program (MFFP) - To be able to receive an MFFP grant under section 738 (b) of the Public Health Service Act, an entity should provide an assurance in the application that each fellowship awarded will include: (1) a stipend in an amount not exceeding 50 percent of the regular salary of a faculty member not to exceed 3 years of training; and (2) an allowance for other expenses such as travel to professional meetings and costs related to specialized training.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
FLRP - Individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds who: (1) are U.S. citizens (either U.S. born or naturalized), U.S. nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents; (2) have a degree or certificate in one of the following health profession disciplines: allopathic, osteopathic, podiatric or veterinary medicine; dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing (RN or Advanced Practice RN), physician assistants, allied health, or graduate programs in public health or behavioral and mental health; or are enrolled in an approved graduate training program in one of the health professions listed above, or are enrolled as full-time students (in the disciplines listed above) at an accredited health professions institution and are in the final course of study or program leading to a degree from that institution; (3) have a minimum 2-year employment commitment from an eligible health professions school for a full-time or part-time faculty position; (4) have a written agreement with the eligible health professions school for equivalent loan repayment; and (5) be currently repaying qualifying educational loans. MFFP -– Eligible applicants are accredited health professions schools of allopathic and osteopathic medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, allied health, public health, podiatric medicine, pharmacy, and schools offering graduate programs in behavioral and mental health. To be eligible to receive the grant the applicant shall: (1) provide assurance that such applicant will make available (directly through cash donations) $1 for every $1 of Federal funds received under section 738 of the Public Health Service Act; (2) provide an assurance that institutional support will be provided for the individual for the second and third year at a level that is equal to the total amount of institutional funds provided in the year in which the grant or contract was awarded; (3) provide an assurance that the individual that will receive the fellowship will be a member of the faculty of the applicant school; and (4) provide an assurance that the individual that will receive the fellowship will have, at a minimum, appropriate advanced preparation (such as a master's or doctoral degree) and special skills necessary to enable such individuals to teach and practice.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
FLRP - See above MFFP - Fellowship recipients must meet the following conditions: (1) must fall under the definition of underrepresented minority individuals' (URM). URM is defined as racial and ethnic populations who are under-represented in the designated health profession discipline relative to the number of individuals who are members of the population involved. This definition would include Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, and any Asian other than Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Asian Indian or Thai; and (2) must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, except in the case of programs specifically designed for support of foreign nationals. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive PHS fellowship or training grant support.
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 for FLRP. Preapplication coordination is required. 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. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
FLRP - FLRP awards are based on a percentage of the eligible applicant's outstanding balance of qualifying educational loans (the maximum amount is $40,000 for 2 years). Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit. MFFP - Based upon the availability of funds, Notice of Grant awards are issued to the eligible schools which in turn distribute the awards to the fellow(s).
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.Notification is made in writing by a Notice
of Award.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Three to six months following receipt of applications.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. Percent: 50% FLRP - The employing institution is required for each year of service to make payments in an amount equal to the amount of principal and interest payments made by the Secretary. These payments must be in addition to the recipient’s salary the individuals otherwise would receive. However, the Secretary may waive this requirement if it is determined that it would impose an undue financial hardship on the institution involved. A consideration for waiver will be based on required documentation submitted by the institution which must include financial statements to support hardship.

MFFP: Applicants must: (1) provide assurance that such applicant will make available (directly through cash donations) $1 for every $1 of Federal funds received under section 738 of the Public Health Service Act; (2) provide an assurance that institutional support will be provided for the individual for the second and third year at a level that is equal to the total amount of institutional funds provided in the year in which the grant or contract was awarded; (3) provide an assurance that the individual who will receive the fellowship will be a member of the faculty of the applicant school; and (4) provide an assurance that the individual who will receive the fellowship will have, at a minimum, appropriate advanced preparation (such as a master's or doctoral degree) and special skills necessary to enable such individuals to teach and practice.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
FLRP - Assistance is available for 2 years during the time specified in the contract. Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit. MFFP support is limited to a 3-year project period. 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. FLRP - Awards are based on a percentage of the eligible applicant's total debt. Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
FLRP recipients are required to annually provide documentation demonstrating that funds were used to repay educational loans. No cash reports are required. Progress reports are not applicable. No expenditure reports are required. 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):
MFFP 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 (120)
Obligations (122):
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $1,149,706; FY 13 est $1,264,000; and FY 14 est $1,264,000 - FLRP. (Project Grants) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0 - MFFP.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
FLRP - Range for FY12 $20,151 to $59,853; Average: $57,485. One MFFP award was made in FY 2010 for $56,825. No awards were made in FY 2011 or FY 2012. It is estimated that there will be no awards in FY 2013.
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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Faculty Loan Repayment Program, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS), Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 594-4130.

Violet Woo, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-8032.
Headquarters Office (152):
FLRP: Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS), Health Resources and Services Administration 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 8-37, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 594-4130.
Website Address (153):
http://www.hrsa.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
FLRP - The applicant will be rated on the extent to which the individual meets the intent of the program to expand disadvantaged representation in health professions faculty positions. MFFP:
Overview: The health professions school should provide information that adequately documents the need and data relative to the school's experience and ability to identify, recruit, select and train underrepresented minority faculty. In addition to teaching, acquiring administrative skills and conducting research, the fellow must also provide health care services, especially as a means of meeting community needs for reducing barriers to health care services to rural or underserved populations. The application should also include a discussion of how the development of underrepresented minority faculty, through use of the fellowship program, will enhance the participant's academic career potential and community service abilities. Review Criteria are used to review and rank applications. The Minority Faculty Fellowship Program has 6 review criteria:
(1) Need: This includes the extent to which the application describes the problem (e.g. lack of Minority Faculty), and associated factors contributing to this problem. (2) Response: (a) Faculty Recruitment: This includes the extent to which the school demonstrates that it has the commitment and ability to identify, recruit, and select underrepresented minority individuals who have the potential for teaching, administration, and/or conducting research at a health professions institution; and (b) Faculty Development: This includes the extent to which the school’s faculty training program will provide the fellow with the preparation, training, and skills needed to secure a tenured faculty position. The Faculty Development Plan should include the provision of counselors and protected time for research and faculty development. Training may include: pedagogical skills, including teaching experience; program administration; grant writing; research methods and design; and preparation of articles suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals. (3) Impact: Faculty Training in Providing Health Service - This includes the extent to which the Fellow is available to provide health services to rural or medically underserved populations. (4) Resources/Capabilities: This includes the extent to which project personnel are qualified by training and/or experience to implement and carry out projects. This includes the capabilities of the applicant organization; and the quality and availability of facilities and personnel to fulfill the needs and requirements of the proposed project. (5) Support Requested: This includes the extent to which the overall budget, including non-trainee expenses, is cost effective, reasonable, and consistent with the stated objectives and proposed activities. Expenditures are well justified and in-kind contributions are documented. (6) Evaluative Measures: This includes the methodology that will be used to monitor and evaluate the project results. Evaluative measures must be able to assess to what extent the program objectives have been met.