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Rural Health Research Center Program

Grants to USA Entities, Tribes, and Nonprofits
to Research Rural Healthcare Needs

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US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

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02/21/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA public entities, tribes, and nonprofit organizations for national research addressing rural healthcare needs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. Funding is intended for research that is policy-relevant and of enduring interest and importance to rural providers, rural stakeholders, policymakers, and rural communities.

The proposals must be national in scope and cannot be single state or regional studies in the first budget period; state/regional studies may be considered on a limited basis in years two through four.

The purpose of this program is to increase the amount of high quality, impartial, policy-relevant research to assist providers and decision/policy-makers at the federal, state, and local levels to better understand problems faced by rural communities and provide information that will be applied in ways that improve health care access and population health. 

RHRC recipients will conduct policy-oriented health services research, update trend analyses and existing research, and conduct necessary literature reviews on rural issues and synthesize the issues into publically available policy briefs designed to be easily understood by a non-technical audience. In addition to primary and secondary research, the applicant must be willing and able to conduct literature syntheses and update existing research to produce timely and relevant information. The ratio of original research to other needed projects will be reviewed by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and the final ratio will be negotiated between the recipients and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

The four-year RHRC Program awards are designed to support research centers with specific rural health research areas of concentration. A goal of the RHRC Program is to produce new information, through the research activities supported by this cooperative agreement, which can be applied in ways that directly inform improvements in access to health care and population health for rural America. This cooperative agreement program will support health services research projects and will exclude clinical/biomedical research and the expenditure of funds for delivery of health care services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187442

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 7 cooperative agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $700,000 per year subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2024 (4 years)

- It is expected that all research products proposed for the first year will be completed within the 12 month budget period.
- Funding beyond the first year is subject to the availability of appropriated funds for Rural Health Research Center Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

The principal investigator is expected to devote at least 25 percent of his or her time to the RHRC. The principal investigator leads the development and realization of the RHRC’s research portfolio and is the lead investigator on at least two of the applicant’s proposed research projects. The principal investigator is responsible for the administrative aspects of the RHRC and reviewing all draft research products. The principal investigator should also have a substantial number of rural health publications (at least ten) related to a proposed concentration of the RHRC, a minimum of ten years of work experience specific to rural health research, and a doctoral degree.

You cannot use funds under this notice for the following purposes:
- Clinical/biomedical research, or
- To deliver health care services

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Webinar:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:

- Day and Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
- Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET
- Call-In Number: 1-800-988-9565
- Participant Code: 1497500
- Playback Number: 1-203-369-2036
- Passcode: 121019
- Weblink:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date:
- The due date for applications under this NOFO is February 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
- HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Recipients must attend and present research at annual RHRC meetings, including in fall 2020.

Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.

- Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately
- HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration.
- Registration in all systems, including and, may take up to 1 month to complete. In addition, ensure your DUNS Number is visible to the public for verification and the registration is current. Failure to comply will delay the processing of your application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact Information:
Jennifer Burges
Public Health Analyst, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Telephone: (301) 945-3985

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