Quentin N. Burdick Program for Rural Interdisciplinary Training

The goal of this program is to provide or improve access to health care in rural areas.

Specifically, projects funded under this authority shall be designed to: (a) Use new and innovative methods to train health care practitioners to provide services in rural areas; (b) demonstrate and evaluate
innovative interdisciplinary methods and models designed to provide access to cost-effective comprehensive health care; (c) deliver health care services to individuals residing in rural areas; (d) enhance the amount of relevant research conducted concerning health care issues in rural areas; and (e) increase the recruitment and retention of health care practitioners from rural areas and make rural practice a more attractive career choice for health care practitioners.
Examples of Funded Projects

Funded programs were jointly sponsored, usually by academic and rural health care entities; several programs had health dines.

Emphasis was on opportunities for providing clinical services in rural areas and efforts to promote rural practice options.

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 - Ms. Marcia Starbecker, Program Officer, Division of State, Community, and Public Health, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service, Room 8A-09, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-6867.
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Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds are awarded to eligible applicants to carry out their interdisciplinary training projects using various methods, including student stipends, post-doctoral fellowships, faculty training, and the purchase or rental of transportation and telecommunication equipment where appropriate to the rural area.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applications will be accepted from health professions schools, academic health centers, State or local governments, Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations, or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities, including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations.

Applications must be jointly submitted by at least two eligible entities with the express purpose of assisting individuals in academic institutions in establishing long-term collaborative relationships with health care providers in rural areas.

Applicants must designate a rural health care agency or agencies for clinical treatment or training including hospitals, community health centers, migrant health centers, rural health clinics, community behavioral and mental health centers, long-term care facilities, Native Hawaiian health centers or facilities operated by the Indian Health Service or an Indian Tribe organization or Indian organization under a contract with the Indian Health Service under the Indian Self Determination Act.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiaries of this program are health professions students and faculty, health care practitioners already working in rural areas, and underserved rural communities seeking to recruit and retain health care providers. Not more than 10 percent of the individuals receiving training shall be trained as doctors of medicine or osteopathic medicine.


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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Grants.gov. Please visit the Grants.gov Web site at www.grants.gov to both find and apply for all Federal grant opportunities. All qualified 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

Notification in writing. A Notice of Grant Award will be issued from Headquarters Office.




Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 754, 42 U.S.C. 294p, as amended; Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998, Public Law 105-392.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 5 to 6 months from receipt of application.




Competitive continuations may be submitted during the final budget period of the approved project period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Institutional training grants may be awarded for project periods up to 3 years. Awards are made on an annual basis and it is expected that funds will be expended within each budget period awarded. After awards are issued, funds are released in accordance with the payment procedure established by the grantee with DHHS, which may be an Electronic Transfer System or a Monthly Cash Request System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Uniform Summary progress reports must be submitted annually.

Financial status reports are required within 90 days after the end of each budget period.

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


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.


All records must be maintained until expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions remain following the 3-uear period, such as those raised as a result of an audit or an on-going enforcement action, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est $0; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$133,709 to $344,077; $250,107.

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, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Ms. Marcia Starbecker, Program Officer, Division of State, Community, and Public Health, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Public Health Service, Room 8A-09, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-6867.

Headquarters Office

Grants Management Office: Rick Goodman, Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11A-16. Health Services Branch: (301) 443-2385; Research and Training Branch: (301) 443-3099; Government and Special Focus Branch: (301) 443-3288.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All applications will be evaluated by peer reviewers to determine the extent to which the applicant documents the following criteria: (1) the need for the proposed project; (2) the potential effectiveness of the proposed project in carrying out the education; (3) the potential effectiveness of the proposed project and expected outcomes; (4) the methodology includes a clearly articulated project plan; (5) the curriculum adequately addresses interdisciplinary training of health care practitioners from two or more disciplines; (6) the plan to recruit and select qualified trainees with a significant interest or background in rural health care; (7) the plan for project management describes as well qualified faculty, institutional and community support; (8) the fiscal plan for assuring effective use of grant funds.

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