Health Careers Opportunity Program

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) program strives to develop a more competitive applicant pool to build diversity in the health professions.

The program's goal is to provide students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a health
profession to develop the needed skills to compete for, enter, and graduate from a health or allied health professions program, graduate program in behavioral and mental health, and/or programs for the training of physician assistants.

IHCOP strives to improve retention, matriculation and graduation rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of trainees from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It also provides opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities.

HCOP focuses on three key milestones of education: (1) graduation from high school; (2) retention and graduation from college; and (3) acceptance, retention, and completion of a health careers? degree program.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Montana $ 562,618   2018-09-012023-08-31
Columbus State Community College $ 639,963   2018-09-012023-08-31
Icahn School Of Medicine At Mount Sinai $ 638,212   2018-09-012023-08-31
Charles R. Drew University Of Medicine And Science $ 637,255   2018-09-012023-08-31
University Of California, San Diego $ 634,391   2018-09-012023-08-31
Csu Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation $ 635,872   2018-09-012023-08-31
University Of Arizona $ 639,968   2018-09-012023-08-31
Morehouse School Of Medicine, Inc., The $ 639,999   2018-09-012023-08-31
Mount Wachusett Community College $ 640,000   2018-09-012023-08-31
Metropolitan State University Of Denver $ 617,496   2018-09-012023-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Section 739 provides for assisting individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake education to enter a health or allied health profession.

Grant funds may be used for: (1) recruitment; (2) facilitating entry; (3) counseling, mentoring and other services; (4) preliminary education and health research training; (5) financial aid information dissemination; (6) primary care exposure activities; (7) development of a more competitive applicant pool; and (8) stipends.

Restricted Uses: 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities including community, technical and tribal colleges.

HCOP grant programs may only operate in the fifty (50) states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S.

Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible participants of the HCOP grant program must a) meet the definition of economically disadvantaged; b) be from an ?educationally disadvantaged? background; and c) express an interest in pursuing a health degree program. Individuals must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. An individual will be determined to be disadvantaged if he or she comes from a background that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school or program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the Bureau of the Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary for use in health professions programs.


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 prior to or simultaneous with submission of 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. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Award Procedures

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 739 and Section 740(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 293c and 293 d), (Educational Assistance in the Health Professions Regarding Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds) as amended by Section 5402 of the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 - 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. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provides support for a 3-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), 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.

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 notice of funding opportunity 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.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


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 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 $10,776,373; FY 17 est $10,989,782; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016 range: $617,513 to $637,213; average award: $633,743 FY 2017 est. range: $629,989 to $650,000; average award est.: $646,457.

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

Tammy Mayo-Blake, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support, Bureau of Health Workforce Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 15N38D, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301)443-0827

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 nonfederal reviewers 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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