Program Description

The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) in Primary Care seeks to develop a diverse and highly trained primary care research workforce by supporting grantees that prepare qualified individuals for careers that will have significant impact on the nation's primary care research agenda. Within the framework of the program's longstanding commitment to excellence and projected need for investigators in particular areas of research, attention must be given to recruiting individuals with proven experience in biomedical and behavioral sciences and health systems.

General Program Requirements

Applicant institutional training programs must provide:

  • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for primary care research;
  • The enhancement of the trainees' ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence;
  • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings;
  • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops; and
  • The enhancement of the trainees' understanding of the health-related sciences and the relationship of their research training to health and disease.
Recipients are expected to use funds for the following activities:
  1. To plan, develop, and operate a postdoctoral primary care research training program. Programs must include coursework, research experiences, and technical and/or professional skills development as appropriate.
  2. To support trainee costs, including stipends, tuition and fees, training related expenses, and professional development activities including participation in national conferences and communities of practice relevant to primary care research.
  3. To plan, develop, and implement a plan to recruit and support diversity in the primary care research workforce.
  4. To plan, develop and execute evaluation of the training program, including tracking of trainee outcomes over time.
And other program requirements as specified in Funding Opportunity Announcement(s).

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information about all this and other potential HRSA funding opportunities, please visit the HRSA Open Opportunities page.

Program Contact Information

Svetlana Cicale
Project Officer

Additional Information

Length of Program5 years
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)124
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.186
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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