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

FLRP
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 Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) provides a financial incentive for degree-trained health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to serve as a faculty member in an accredited, eligible health professions school in the following 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 for a minimum of 2 years.
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.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
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.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
See above.
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 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.
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. Notifications are made by e-mail.
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: (1 – 100 percent) - Institutions may submit a full match (100%), partial match (1-99%) or request a waiver. 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. Applicants receive award preference based on the funding match determined by the institution.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Assistance is available for 2 years during the time specified in the contract. Payments are made to individuals via electronic direct deposit. 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. 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):
The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). 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: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/technicalassistance/federalfinancialreport/ffrschedule.pdf. 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 http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html). Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. 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):
No Data Available.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $1,090,000; and FY 15 est $1,090,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
FLRP - Range for FY12 $20,151 to $59,853; Average: $57,485.
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 Health Workforce (BHW), 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 Health Workforce (BHW), 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.