Chiropractic Demonstration Project Grants

Grants are awarded to carry out demonstration projects in which chiropractors and physicians collaborate to identify and provide effective treatment for spinal and lower-back conditions.

The project requirements include: (1) The project must address the identification and treatment of spinal and/or
lower-back conditions; (2) the project must be founded on collaborative efforts between chiropractors and allopathic or osteopathic physicians; (3) each project must include a strong research protocol which will result in a significant expansion of documented research in the area addressed and which is suitable for publication in referred health professions journals, including research oriented publications; (4) the project must include an explicit strategy for case-finding and a strategy for making direct comparisons to other forms of treatment.

The results must be generalizable to patients cared for in a clinical practice addressing spinal and/or lower-back conditions; and (5) whenever feasible, minorities and women should be included in study populations so that research findings can be of benefit to all persons at risk of the disease, disorder, or condition under study.
Examples of Funded Projects

Funded projects include research projects including interdisciplinary evaluation of elderly back pain treatment outcomes by medical doctors and chiropractors; chiropractic treatment and exercise for geriatric patients with low back pain; and chiropractic treatment and exercise for geriatric patients with neck pain.

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 - Jerald Katzoff, Program Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 9A-21, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-4443.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

In FY 07 and FY08, four continuation awards were be made. In FY 09, 4 new awards are anticipated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant and contract funds may be used for personnel, equipment, supplies, domestic travel, consultants and guest lecturers, rental of space, renovations, and other costs directly related to the project as described in the approved application.

Program funds may not be used for patient care costs, construction of facilities, acquisition of land, foreign travel, or support of students, including fellowships, stipends, tuition, fees, or travel allowances.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chiropractic Demonstration Project, the applicant shall be: a health professions school, an academic health center, or public or private nonprofit accredited schools of chiropractic.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Health professionals will benefit.


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 for coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Please visit the website at 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 is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award issued from the Headquarters Office.



Public Health Service Act, Title VII, Section 755(b)(3), 42 U.S.C. 294e, 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.




At the end of the initial project period, competing continuation applications may be submitted for up to five years of support.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are for 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


The Uniform Progress Report (UPR) 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 Nonprofit 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



FY 07 $1,802,228; FY 08 $1,817,438; and FY 09 est $1,817,438.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$234,633 to $798,345; $446,242.

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

Jerald Katzoff, Program Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Parklawn Building, Room 9A-21, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-4443.

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 an Objective Review Committee to determine the extent to which the applicant documents the following criteria: (1) Need; (2) Response; (3) Evaluative Measures; (4) Impact; (5) Resources/Capabilities; and (6) Support Requested.

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