ARRA Equipment to Enhance Training for Health Professionals

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) supports the purchase of equipment through a grant program that will enhance infrastructure supporting health professions training programs.

The ETHP program provides funding to purchase training equipment for health professions training
programs.

The goals of the program include: (1) investing in the educational infrastructure, through the purchase of equipment, to enhance the quality of health professions education; (2) strengthening the National capacity for health professions education through the purchase of health professions training equipment; and (3) increasing the number of highly skilled health workforce professionals in the United States or its territories through the availability and use of training equipment.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Gail Lipton, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Telephone: (301) 443-6509.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Applications must request the purchase of equipment that will be used to expand and improve the quality of the training program.

The ETHP equipment purchases should enhance a structured clinical learning experience within a health professions training program.

Funding to support the operations of the equipment (such as staffing, software, maintenance and supplies) is prohibited under the ETHP program, unless it is part of an equipment purchase package.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g.

health professionals, students, veterans): Health/Medical

Beneficiary Eligibility

Specialized group (e.g. health professionals, students, veterans)

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA Guidance documents 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. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications are generally solicited by a program announcement in www.hrsa.gov/grant. Application information may be downloaded from www.grants.gov. All eligible applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee which will make funding recommendations to the Associate Administrator for the Bureau of Health Professions. The Associate Administrator has the authority to make final selections for awards.

Award Procedures

Each applicant will receive a written notification of the outcome of the objective review process and whether the application was selected for funding. Applicants who are selected for funding may be required to respond in a satisfactory manner to Conditions placed on their application before funding may proceed. Letters of notification do not provide authorization to begin performance. The Notice of Grant Award, which is signed by the Grants Management Officer and is sent to the applicant agency s Authorized Representative, is the authorizing document.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) , Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

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

Awards will be made in FY 2010 for up to a two-year project period. After Notices of Grant Award are issued, funds are released in accordance with DHHS payment procedures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Notice of Grant Award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

A uniform progress report must be submitted annually within the approved project period.

No cash reports are required.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Cash reports are not applicable.

A uniform progress report must be submitted annually within the approved project period.

A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Financial Status Reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period.

A final progress report and final financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period.

All projects funded with ARRA funds are subject to special quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in Section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a grant period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the record 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

75-0351-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $0; FY 10 est $50,000,000 - ARRA funds for FY 10 total approximately $50 million.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,000 to $500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U. S. C. §4321-4370d also applies. HRSA grant awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS, found at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/, that are applicable to the grant based on recipient type and purpose of award. ARRA-funded awards are also subject to the HHS ARRA Standard Terms and Conditions.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Gail Lipton, Senior Advisor, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration. Telephone: (301) 443-6509.

Headquarters Office

Rick Goodman 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-2728

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria for selecting applications are available in the funding opportunity guidance document, in the following broad categories: (1) the extent to which the application describes its needs and links the purchase of the equipment to the enhancements of health professions programs; (2) the extent to which the application describes the proposed goals and objectives and their relationship to the purchase of equipment; (3) the extent to which the applicant describes the expected impact of the equipment on the training program; and (4) the budget justification logically documents how and why each equipment purchase supports the goals and activities of the training program.



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