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FAQs: ANE-NPRIP Webinar

General Questions

Application Submission Process

Applicant Eligibility

Clinical Facilities Accreditation

Use of Funds

Funding Preference

Attachments

Review and Selection Process

Preceptors

General Questions

  1. Will ANE-NPRIP be offered again? Is it an annual offering?

    ANE-NPRIP has a three-year project period, pending appropriation of funds (2020-2023). Funding is based on the annual appropriations received from the President’s budget. Please refer to page 6 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

  2. Is this considered a training grant?

    The FY20 ANE-NPRIP funding opportunity is not a training grant. It is also not subject to the 8% indirect cost for training grants.

  3. Is it anticipated that this grant opportunity be offered in future years?

    Awards to support projects beyond the first budget year will be contingent based upon:

    • Congressional appropriation
    • Satisfactory progress
    • Continued funding would be in the best interest of the Federal Government
  4. What Standard Operating Procedures does the applicant organization have to have in place?

    The ANE-NPRIP awardee should have standard operating procedures in place for the recruitment, training, retention, rescheduling, and termination of participants for the ANE-NPRIP Program. Please refer to page 8 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

Application Submission Process

  1. Is the HRSA-20-118 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) open to new applicants only, or will the funding be available to previous or current HRSA program recipients?

    New and current awardees are eligible to apply if they meet all the eligibility requirements.

  2. Do MOUs have to be signed individually by partners and supporters?

    Each academic clinical partnership must have a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Please refer to pp. 12-13 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

  3. Do the MOUs have to be in place prior to application submission?

    Ideally, MOUs are in place as outlined in the response to question #13.

    Note: In the absence of delineated and signed MOUs, applicants must submit documentation of activities toward this goal, and estimated time of completion. Please provide this documentation in Attachment 6. (pp. 29-30)

    Letters of Support (LoS)

    An applicant may submit a list of partners/organizations and signatures with which they have Letters of Support (LoS), and assure the LoS documents as outlined above are available for review. Please provide this documentation in Attachment 11. pp. 31-32 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

  4. May a current Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Resident Program (ANE-NPR) award recipient apply for this ANE-NPRIP Notice of Funding Opportunity?

    Due to the similar activities between this program and the FY 2019 ANE NPR program, HRSA may not make awards to current FY 2019 ANE-NPR awardees if they have Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) as part of their current program and two or more of the attributes outlined on page 43 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Will HRSA extend the deadlines for our grant competition since many organizations have been impacted by COVID-19 and have not been able to focus on grant applications?

    If your organization is unable to submit an application by the published NOFO deadline due to justified circumstances (such as impacts from COVID-19), you may request an extension.

    The Office of Federal Assistance Management is the only office authorized to grant extensions. You must contact the DGP via email at DGPWaivers@hrsa.gov and provide a brief explanation and your earliest estimated date of submission.

    Refer to HRSA COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

  2. Can individual entities apply for this Program?

    This award is not for individuals. The ANE-NPRIP HRSA-20-118 is an academic clinical partnership program.

  3. Can an FQHC be eligible to apply for this Program?

    FQHCs are eligible applicants. FQHCs are considered health clinics/centers, and therefore eligible entities.

  4. Does the FQHC need to be the applicant to receive the Funding Preference?

    The applicant organization needs to be the FQHC to receive the Funding Preference.

  5. Can a single health system partner with more than one academic center (with the school of nursing) applying as the applicant?

    Academic setting applicants must partner with at least one clinical partner. Clinical setting applicants must partner with at least one academic partner.
    Note: Applicants may have more than one partner or be part of a Consortium.

    Could an Area Health Education Center (AHEC) be paid to coordinate these activities?

    An AHEC could be a partner in the program and have staff who coordinate activities.

    Must the applicant be in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)?

    The applicant does not have to be in a HPSA or a Medically Underserved Community (MUC). The announcement offers a funding preference related to rural and underserved populations. Refer to page 41 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

  6. Does the applicant school of nursing partner have to have an accredited Master’s or Doctoral degree program or is the postmaster’s certificate allowed?

    Eligible school of nursing partners include entities that provide registered nurses (RN) with training that leads to master’s and/or doctoral degrees that prepare nurses to serve as primary care nurse practitioners, and nurse-midwives.

Clinical Facilities Accreditation

  1. What accrediting bodies are acceptable for clinical facilities accreditation?

    Non-profit Clinical organizations in a community-based setting applying under this NOFO must provide documentation of accreditation by a national, regional, or state accrediting agency or body, such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., or provide documentation of certification/licensure by federal/state/local government supported agency.

    Applicants who are also Federally Qualified Health Centers must provide documentation of their FQHC designation.

    This information must be clearly documented, to include the period of time covered by the accreditation or recognition document. Refer to page 28 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

    Can state accreditation be acceptable since we do not have national accreditation for our clinical facility?

    HRSA accepts documentation of state accreditation for clinical facilities applying as the primary applicant; however, documentation of national professional accreditation is required for educational institution partners.

  2. Can the partnership site be an affiliate of the institution (e.g. community or school based health centers affiliated with the larger institution)?

    Your partnership can be an affiliate of the institution as long as they have their own DUNS and EIN number, have a separate leadership structure, and meet the requirements of the NOFO.

Use of Funds

  1. What is the indirect cost rate?

    There are no stated restrictions regarding indirect costs in this funding opportunity announcement, therefore applicants may request indirect costs in accordance with 45 CFR part 75:

    • Their approved negotiated indirect cost rate, or
    • The 10 percent de minimis indirect cost rate - non-federal entities that have never received a negotiated indirect cost rate may elect to charge a de minimis rate of 10 percent of modified total direct costs, which may be used indefinitely.

    For more information, please review pages 34 and 35 of the HRSA SF424 R&R Application Guide (PDF - 837 KB).

  2. Can equipment be purchased with grant funding?

    Equipment must include a narrative description and itemized detail cost breakdown in the budget justification to support why the cost is necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of the proposed project. The costs must be reasonable and necessary, allowable and allocable. Refer to 45 CFR part 75 and the SF-424 R & R Application Guide (PDF - 837 KB) for further information regarding equipment and funding restrictions.

  3. Can funds be shared with the clinical or academic partner site?

    Funds can be shared with the both academic and clinical partner sites.

  4. If we have a lead coordinator at the site, can we use funds to pay for their time?

    Personnel may be paid a percentage of their time for activities that support the mission, goals, and objectives of the proposed project. Refer to pp.42-43 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

  5. Is there any percent minimum effort for the Project Director?

    HRSA doesn't have a minimum effort requirement for a grant’s Project Director. This effort is determined by the applicant. Project Director’s time may not exceed 100% FTE.

  6. Can new faculty lines be developed as part of the award, i.e. adjunct practice positions?

    A faculty member can be an employee at the school of nursing with duties/responsibilities at the clinical site or a faculty member employed by the clinical practice with duties/responsibilities at the school of nursing for NP residency training.

  7. Would a faculty member at the applicant institution, who is not part of the project, be considered a consultant?

    No. The faculty member would not automatically be considered a consultant.

  8. Is this program subject to the General Provisions of P.L. 115-141?

    Yes, this program is subject to the general provisions. Salary Limitation: The General Provisions in Division A of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-94) apply to this program. See Section 4.1 of HRSA’s SF-424 Application Guide on page 19 for additional information. Note that these or other restrictions will apply in the following fiscal years, as required by law.

  9. Salary for NPs

    The program must provide NP resident support in the form of salaries to full-time residents who are licensed and certified NPs receiving at least 12 continual months of immersive clinical and didactic training at a primary care community-based entity. Note: Grant fund support for NP resident must not exceed 70% of geographical market rate for a comparable NP Primary Care specialty salary.

Funding Preference

  1. What is the funding preference for the ANE-NPRIP Program?

    Section 805 requires a funding preference be applied for applicants with projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments. In addition, this program includes a funding preference for an applicant that is a Federally Qualified Health Center. Refer to page 41 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

Attachments

  1. What happens if my application does not include all of the accreditation documents or requested documents?

    Failure to include all required documents as part of the application may result in an application being considered incomplete or non-responsive. Please refer to page 10 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

Review and Selection Process

  1. How are applications evaluated?

    Applications are evaluated by an Objective Review Process. It consists of peers, who discuss the applications as a group and score applications based on merit. The entire proposal will be considered during objective review. (p. 35)

Preceptors

  1. Who can be a preceptor?

    Preceptors should be primary care providers with two or more years of practitioner experience in a primary care setting who are program collaborators to enhance professional development of:

    • NP resident,
    • Preceptor, and
    • Clinical staff

    Refer to page 15 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information.

  2. Can preceptors be funded for academic contributions (e.g. lectures, facilitating workshops, planning meetings)?

    Funds can be used to pay key personnel within the academic clinical partnership for time and activities devoted to meeting the goals of the proposed project. Preceptors and faculty/staff may be hired and funded for academic and clinical contributions that meet the program’s purpose and goals. See Budget and Budget Narrative guidelines. (pp. 25-26)

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2020