HRSA Issues Funding Announcement

HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy www.hrsa.gov/ruralhealth is soliciting applications for the “Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies” (HRSA-15-063) program. The purpose of the program is to help rural communities conduct rapid data analyses and short-term issue-specific rural research studies.

The goal is to understand the impact of current and proposed policies and regulations as well as provide information that will improve access to healthcare and population health in rural America.

Due to the nature of rural policy analysis, rural organizations and healthcare providers often require timely information that is available only through specialized databases compiled by CMS, and by other Federal and State agencies and/or private organizations.

Most rural groups and individuals do not have the capacity to store the data sets, the expertise to refine and analyze the data nor the technology necessary to run statistical analyses. Findings will be used to help set policies impacting rural communities and inform rural healthcare providers and stakeholders such as HHS, Congress, States, plus for-profit and nonprofit entities.

Eligible applicants can be from domestic public and private entities both non-profit and for- profits. The estimated funding for this competition is $450,000 with applications due March 30, 2015.

Go to www.grants.gov for January 29, 2015 grants to view the funding solicitation. For more information, email Sarah Bryce sbryce@hrsa.gov or call 301-443-5982

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