Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship

Grants are awarded to accredited institutions that educate registered nurses to become nurse anesthetists; recipient institutions in turn disburse funds to students in the form of traineeship support.

As many Nurse Anesthesia programs transition from Master?s to clinical Doctoral-level

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programs, increased demands on time and financial resources restrict the ability of students to work for the duration of the program.

Thus, the goal of the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program is to provide traineeship support for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in accredited master?s or doctoral nurse anesthesia programs to work towards increasing the number of nurse anesthetists, especially those serving rural and underserved populations, thereby addressing the distribution of providers to target communities in need.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine & Science $ 128,466   2020-07-012023-06-30
West Virginia University Research Corporation $ 18,489   2020-07-012023-06-30
Cedar Crest College $ 27,915   2019-07-012023-06-30
Quinnipiac University $ 53,930   2020-07-012023-06-30
Johns Hopkins University, The $ 26,211   2020-07-012023-06-30
National University $ 67,850   2020-07-012023-06-30
Georgetown University (the) $ 82,425   2019-07-012023-06-30
Lasalle University $ 124,011   2017-07-012023-06-30
Northern Kentucky University $ 84,439   2018-07-012023-06-30
Missouri State University $ 88,496   2019-07-012023-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for traineeship support to licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time students in accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia programs.

Traineeships may include full or partial costs of the tuition, books/eBooks, fees, and reasonable living expenses (stipends) for the individual during the traineeship. Restricted Uses: Funds may not be used for travel, daily commuting costs of trainees, non-trainee expenses, or indirect costs of the educational institution.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are collegiate schools of nursing, academic health centers, and other private or public nonprofit entities accredited by a recognized body or bodies or State agency, approved for the purpose of nursing education by the Secretary of Education, which provide registered nurses with full-time, graduate-level nurse anesthesia master's or doctoral education and have evidence of accreditation from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

The school must be located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. Faith-based and community-based organizations, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply for these funds if otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

NAT funds are awarded to institutions, not individuals. Traineeship recipients are selected by the participating institutions. A candidate must be a citizen of the United States, non-citizen national, or foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States, and must be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia program. Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through The NAT Program is a formula-based grant program that does not undergo a formal Objective Review Process. All eligible, qualified applications are reviewed and assessed internally.

Award Procedures

The funds appropriated for the NAT Program are distributed among eligible institutions based on a formula. Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 811 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, (42 U.S.C. 296j).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately from 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.


Not Applicable.


Applications must be submitted annually.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Formula-Based Program. This program has no matching requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. The recipient must agree to maintain non-federal funding for award activities at a level which is not less than expenditures for such activities during the fiscal year prior to receiving this award.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provides support for a one-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients draw down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance reports.

No cash reports are required.

NAT grantees are not required to submit the annual Federal Financial Report SF-425 to HRSA.

For the purpose of this grant program, the quarterly Federal Cash Transaction Report submitted to the Payment Management System (PMS) will be used to fulfill the financial reporting requirement.

Timely and accurate information provided to the PMS will be used in lieu of the Financial Status Report /Federal Financial Report.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report. 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

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $2,250,000; FY 17 est $2,250,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY17: Award Range $9,925-$90,512 - average $27,439 FY16: Award Range $8,353-$97,159 - average $55,555 FY15: Award Range $2,451-$67,188 ? average $28,481.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also 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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Karen Breeden, MPA, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11N74B, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-5787

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The NAT Program is a formula-based grant program that does not undergo a formal Objective Review Process. Procedures for assessing the technical merit of applications have been instituted to provide for an internal review of applications. All eligible applicants are considered in a formula for determining awards. Eligible applicants must meet all applicable Federal guidelines, Trainees must be eligible to sit for the certification examination administered by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetist to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist upon program completion, and programs must meet other national organizational guidelines, as appropriate, in the nursing field of study. The applicant?s nurse anesthetist program must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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