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Nurse Faculty Loan Program Guidance

V. Application Review Information

1. Review Criteria

Staff in the Division of Nursing will review NFLP applications for eligibility, completeness, accuracy, and responsiveness to the application guidance.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence Language

HRSA is committed to ensuring access to quality health care for all. Quality care means access to services, information, materials delivered by competent providers in a manner that factors in the language needs, cultural richness, and diversity of populations served. Quality also means that, where appropriate, data collection instruments used should adhere to culturally competent and linguistically appropriate norms. For additional information and guidance, refer to the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This document is available online at The Office of Minority Health Web site.

Wherever appropriate, describe the school’s strategic plan, policies, and initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to developing culturally and linguistically competent health care providers, faculty, and students.

Additional resource information can be found on the HRSA cultural competence web page .

2. Review and Selection Process

All eligible and complete applications will be funded pending availability of funds. Incomplete applications may be deemed non-responsive to the program guidance and the application will not be considered for funding.

  • Funding Priorities – Not applicable to the NFLP
  • Funding Preferences – Not applicable to the NFLP
  • Funding Special Considerations – Not applicable to the NFLP

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

All eligible NFLP applications that are received by the application deadline will be reviewed for funding. The anticipated announcement and award date is mid-July 2008.

VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

The HRSA, acting on behalf of HHS, will send a Notice of Award (NOA) to the school indicating the amount of the Federal Capital Contribution (FCC) and a copy of the NFLP agreement. This NFLP agreement will have the signatures of the HRSA representative and the Authorized Official of the applicant institution.

The Notice of Award sets forth the FCC awarded, the expected Institutional Capital Contribution (ICC), the effective date of the award, the project period for which support is contemplated, the terms and conditions of the award, and other relevant award information.

Receipt of NFLP Award

The school will receive the FCC award via electronic funds transfer. The HHS Payment Management System (PMS) will establish an account for new schools receiving an award. For general information on how to access funds through the drawdown process, please contact the PMS Application Support Group at (877) 614-5533 or (301) 443-1660; or visit the Payment Management System Web Site.

Schools are encouraged to draw down the full amount of the award (in whole dollars) by March 31, 2009. The award must be deposited into a distinct NFLP loan fund. Schools are expected to expend the full amount of the fiscal year 2008 award during the 2008/2009 academic year.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Successful applicants must comply with the administrative requirements outlined in 45 CFR Part 74 (non-governmental) or 45 CFR Part 92 (governmental) as appropriate.

Awards issued under this guidance are subject to the requirements of Section 106(g) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as amended (22 U.S.C. 7104). View the full text of the award term at HRSA Grants. If you are unable to access this link, please contact the Grants Management Specialist identified in this guidance to obtain a copy of the Term.

PUBLIC POLICY ISSUANCE

HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010

Healthy People 2010 is a national initiative led by HHS that sets priorities for all HRSA programs. The initiative has two major goals: (1) to increase the quality and years of a healthy life; and (2) to eliminate our country’s health disparities. The program consists of 28 focus areas and 467 objectives. HRSA has actively participated in the work groups of all the focus areas, and is committed to the achievement of the Healthy People 2010 goals.

Applicants are not required to address Healthy People 2010 in this application.

3. Reporting

The successful applicant under this guidance must comply with the following audit and reporting requirements:

a. Comply with audit requirements of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133. Information on the scope, frequency, and other aspects of the audits can be found at the Office of Management and Budget Web site.

b. Submit a quarterly electronic PSC-272 via the Payment Management System. The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the award. Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access funds. The PSC-272 Certification page should be faxed to the PMS contact at the fax number listed on the PSC-272 form, or it may be submitted to the:

Division of Payment Management
HHS/ASAM/PSC/FMS/DPM
PO Box 6021
Rockville, MD 20852
Telephone: (877) 614-5533

c. The NFLP Annual Operating Report (AOR) , OMB Form #0915-0314, EXHIBIT B-1, is used to monitor and evaluate institutional performance. Schools must complete and submit the AOR annually. The AOR is used to report expenditures for the NFLP fund annually and covers the period from July 1 through June 30 each year. The AOR must be completed and submitted to the Division of Nursing by July 31st each year

Instructions for completing the AOR are provided in EXHIBIT B-2. The AOR should be mailed to the address under Section VII of this guidance.

d. Performance Review

HRSA’s Office of Performance Review (OPR) serves as the agency’s focal point for reviewing and enhancing the performance of HRSA funded programs within communities and States. As part of this agency-wide effort, HRSA awardees will be required to participate, where appropriate, in an on-site performance review of their HRSA funded program(s) by a review team from one of the ten OPR regional divisions. Awardees should expect to participate in a performance review at some point during their project period. When an awardee receives more than one HRSA award, each of the HRSA funded programs will be reviewed during the same performance review.

The purpose of performance review is to improve the performance of HRSA funded programs. Through systematic pre-site and on-site analysis, OPR works collaboratively with awardees and HRSA Bureaus/Offices to measure program performance, analyze the factors impacting performance, and identify effective strategies and partnerships to improve program performance, with a particular focus on outcomes. Upon completion of the performance review, awardees will be required to prepare an Action Plan that identifies key actions to improve program performance as well as addresses any identified program requirement issues. In addition, performance reviews also provide an opportunity for grantees to offer direct feedback to the agency about the impact of HRSA policies on program implementation and performance within communities and States.

VII. Agency Contacts

Program technical assistance regarding this funding announcement may be obtained by contacting the following Division of Nursing Staff at 301-443-6333. Address, E-mail addresses and fax number are listed below:

  • Ms. Denise Thompson, Email: dthompson@hrsa.gov
  • Ms. Nancy Douglas-Kersellius, Email: ndouglas@hrsa.gov

  • HHS/HRSA/Bureau of Health Professions
    Division of Nursing
    Advanced Nurse Education Branch
    5600 Fishers Lane Room 9-36
    Rockville, MD 20857
    Fax: 301-443-0791

More Information for Applicants
 

Applications due May 13, 2008

Program guidance (PDF - 662KB)

Application form SF 424 R&R-NFLP (Fillable PDF - 203KB)

Exhibit Forms (Word - 398KB)

Program Specific Attachments (Word - 176KB)

Applications submitted on paper (no on-line submissions) to:

Division of Nursing (NFLP)
Bureau of Health Professions
Health Resources and Services Administration
Parklawn Building, Room 9-36
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville , MD 20857