Centers of Excellence

The goal of the Centers of Excellence (COE) is to assist eligible schools in supporting programs of excellence in health professions education for underrepresented minority individuals.

The grantee is required to use the funds awarded:
(1) to establish, strengthen, or expand programs to enhance


the academic performance of the underrepresented minority students attending the school; (2) to improve the capacity of such schools to train, recruit, and retain underrepresented minority faculty including the payment of stipends and fellowships; (3) to carry out activities to improve the information resources, clinical education, curricula, and cultural competence of the graduates of the schools as it relates to minority health issues; (4) to facilitate faculty and student research on health issues, particularly affecting underrepresented minority groups; including research on issues relating to the delivery of health care; (5) to carry out a program to train students of the school in providing health services to a significant number of underrepresented minority individuals through training provided to such students at community based health facilities that provide such health services and are located at a site remote from the main site of the teaching facilities of the school; (6) to provide stipends as appropriate; and (7) to develop a large competitive applicant pool through linkages with institutions of higher education, local school districts, and other community based entities and establish an educational pipeline for health professions careers.

*This program is not included in the President's budget for 200 6. Potential applicants for funds should consider this announcement provisional until final Congressional action is taken.

Updated information will be available on the HRSA website.

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Centers of Excellence

Department of Health and Human Services

Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration


Estimated Funding: $20,000,000

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Eligible applicants are accredited allopathic scholls of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or graduate programs in behavioraal or mental health, or other public and nonprofit health or educational entities including faith-based organizations and community based organizations that meet the requirements of section 736(c) of the PHS Act, as amended.

See minimum student enrollment requirements under "Designations of Centers of Excellence." Schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, graduate programs in behavioral or mental health, or other public and non profit health or educational entities, including faith based organizations, and community based organizations, that meet the requirements of section 736(c) of the Public Health Service Act.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as described in section 736(c)(2)(A) of the Public Health Service Act and which received contracts under former section 788B of the Public Health Service Act (Advanced Financial Distress Assistance) for fiscal year 1987 may apply for Centers of Excellence (COE) grants under section 736(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act.

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