National Research Service Award in Primary Care Medicine

The purpose of the Ruth L.

Kirschstein National Research Service Award program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that will have significant impact on the nation?s primary care research agenda and ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership
roles in the area of primary health care research.

The HRSA NRSA program supports institutional training grants awarded to eligible institutions to develop or enhance postdoctoral research training opportunities for individuals who are planning to pursue careers in primary care research.

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

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 524,782   2021-07-012026-06-30
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 424,170   2021-07-012026-06-30
Weill Medical College Of Cornell University $ 388,118   2021-07-012026-06-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 328,494   2021-07-012026-06-30
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc $ 524,563   2021-07-012026-06-30
University Of Chicago, The $ 496,996   2021-07-012026-06-30
University Of Rochester $ 502,337   2021-07-012026-06-30
Thomas Jefferson University $ 498,000   2021-07-012026-06-30
George Washington University, The $ 260,766   2021-07-012026-06-30
University Of Pittsburgh, The $ 1,268,242   2011-07-012026-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In Academic Year 2015-2016, 107 individuals (104 fellows and 3 faculty) received NRSA-funded training and financial support. NRSA fellows and faculty authored 233 presentations at professional conferences and 173 articles related to primary care, and the NRSA trainees received 3 education grants and 47 research grants, eight of which were greater than $100,000. The majority of fellows intended to seek employment in research (82.2%), teaching (42.2%), and/or primary care (51.1%). Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

NRSA grants are made to approved institutions to enable them to provide up to five years of fellowship support to qualified postdoctoral individuals undertaking primary care research training.

Each NRSA trainee is obligated to comply with federal service and payback provisions.

Trainees in the first 12 months of postdoctoral support incur one month of service payback obligation for each month of support.

Postdoctoral trainees in the 13th and subsequent months of NRSA support do not incur any further service obligation.

In addition, the 13th and subsequent months of postdoctoral training serve to discharge the NRSA payback obligation.

Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment. Stipends may only be used for cost of living expenses during the period of training.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are those entities that have received a grant under Title VII, sections 736, 739, or 747 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act designed to prepare the primary health care workforce.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals and public or private nonprofit organizations or institutions, including state or local governments and U.S. Territories. Participants must be U.S. Citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign nationals who possess visas permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible. Postdoctoral trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the NRSA appointment, a Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications that 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 All eligible, 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.

Award Procedures

Notification of award is made in writing (electronic) by a Notice of Award.


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


Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 USC 288) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR 66.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 to 180 days after receipt of applications.


Not Applicable.


Depending on Agency priorities and availability of funding, during the final budget year of the approved project period competing continuation applications may be solicited from interested applicants.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provides support for a 5-year project period. No individual trainee may receive more than three years of aggregate National Research Service Award support at the post-doctoral level, including any combination of support from institutional and individual awards. 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


Both program and financial reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance and progress reports.

Cash reports are not applicable.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA?s Application Guide.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the recipient 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.


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 (The FFATA details are available online at

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Awardee institution project directors are required to complete quarterly conference calls with their project officer.

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 from the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). 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



(Project Grants) FY 16 $7,969,505; FY 17 Estimate Not Available(Exp: TBD pending amount from NIH); and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards in FY 2016 is $159,362 to $400,000. The average award is $365,889.

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

Svetlana Cicale, MPH. Project Officer. Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15N130D, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-7271 Fax: 301-443-8890

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by non-Federal expert consultant(s) for technical merit recommendations. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated against the following criteria: (1) Purpose and Need; (2) Response to Program Purpose; (3) Impact; (4) Organizational Information, Resources and Capabilities; and (5) Support Requested. See the most recent Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed selection criteria.

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