|ARRA Accepting Applications For Primary Care Training, Over $255 Million
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of
2009 is accepting applications for various aspects of training in
primary care medicine, worth a total of $255,515,000; deadline is May
There are six programs offering funding in an effort to
boost the healthcare profession, an amount of $51,103,000 is allocated
over five years for each program under the training grants.
Residency Training in Primary Care
An estimated 78 grants at an average of $230,000 will be
awarded to support a residency training program in an accredited
"Funds may be used to provide need-based financial
assistance in the form of traineeships and fellowships to medical
students, medical personnel, who are participants in any such program,
and who plan to specialize or work in the practice of the fields of
family medicine, general internal medicine or general pediatrics. Funds
may be used to plan, develop and operate a program for the training of
physicians teaching in community-based settings," according to the
The training activities must be conducted by an
accredited entity and eligible applicants are public or nonprofit
private hospitals, schools of medicine, academically affiliated
physician assistant training program or a public or private nonprofit
entity, deemed by the Secretary of HHS, capable of facilitating the
Physician Faculty Development in Primary Care
There is an expected 78 awards, with no floor or
ceiling. The application requirements and eligibility is the same as
residency training grants, but will be focused on fostering financial
assistance forphysicians who are participating in teaching or research
programs in family medicine, general internal medicine or general
pediatrics training program.
Physician Assistant Training in Primary Care
The grant program will award 78 grants for planning,
developing and operating a physician assistants education program as
well as training for individuals who will be teaching the education
programs. The training must be provided through an accredited entity.
Predoctoral Training in Primary Care
Rounding out the training grants, the predoctoral
program will offer 78 grants to fund accredited professional training
programs and financial assistance for medical students to complete
their training, community-based settings are welcomed, according to the
grant announcement. Training must be received by an accredited entity.
Administrative Academic Units in Primary Care
Seventy-eight grants will support the establishment,
maintenance or the improvement of primary care academic units. The
funds may be used by academic divisions, departments or programs to
improve clinical teaching and research.
Grants could also be used for the integration of
academic administrative units to enhance recruitment, training and
"Qualified applicants may request a preference if they
agree to expend the funds for the purpose of establishing academic
units or programs in the fields of family medicine, general internal
and/or general pediatrics; or substantially expand such units or
programs," according to the grant announcement.
Applicants who are eligible are: state governments;
county governments; state controlled institutions of higher education;
private institutions of higher education; and accredited schools of
medicine or osteopathic medicine.
Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Joint Graduate Degree
One hundred grants averaging $230,000 will be awarded to
joint graduate degree programs to provide interdisciplinary and
interprofessional graduate training in public health, environmental
health, infectious disease control, disease prevention and health
promotion, epidemiological studies and injury control.
Eligibility for joint graduate degrees is open to state
and county governments, state and private institutions of higher
learning, accredited public or nonprofit private hospitals and schools
There are possible preference boosters an applicant can
implement in their application. For displaying need, an application can
receive an additional 15 pts.; depicting the recipients response
– 30 pts.; including evaluative measures – 15 pts.;
determining grant impact – 10 pts.; indicating resources
–20 pts.; and support requested – 10 pts. Click here for the unique funding priorities to the proposal.
All applications can be submitted online through
grants.gov. The program officer is Daniel Mareck, available at
Address: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Grants.gov, 200 Independence Ave. SW, HHH Building, Washington DC
20201; (800) 518-4726, www.grants.gov.