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Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations, and Tribal
Organizations for Research to Improve Access to Health Care

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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US Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)

Conf. Date:

02/28/20

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, including faith-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations for research to improve health and access to health care. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. Funding is intended for research that is focused on rural Telehealth Focused Research Centers, one evaluation-focused and one evidence-focused.

The purpose of the evaluation-focused TF RHRC is to conduct and maintain a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of nationwide telehealth investments in rural areas and populations. This comprehensive evaluation will explore the impact of telehealth investments on rural areas and populations, to include an assessment of access, cost, experience, and effectiveness for patients and providers. This research will assist decision-makers at the federal, state and local levels by examining the impact of investments of telehealth services in rural communities on access to health care, population health/health indicators, health care spending (both for payers and for the patients receiving the services), quality of care, value based care, workforce, business strategy, and clinical delivery of care. By evaluating the impact of investments in rural telehealth services, the evaluation-focused TF RHRC will directly inform improvements in health care access and population health for rural America.

The purpose of the evidence-focused TF RHRC is to conduct clinically informed and policy-relevant health services research to expand the evidence base for rural telehealth services. This research will assist rural health providers and decision-makers at the federal, state and local levels by examining the impact of telehealth services in rural communities on access to health care, population health/health indicators, health care spending (both for payers and for the patients receiving the services), quality of care, value based care, and clinical delivery of care. The research may also assess the comparative effectiveness of specific telehealth services relative to in-person services in the same clinical area, examine the impact of health care policies on the provision of telehealth services, and analyze the cost effectiveness of telehealth services. Potential areas of interest include tele-emergency services, tele-behavioral health services (including substance use treatment services), and remote patient monitoring. By contributing to the evidence base for rural telehealth services, this evidence-focused TF RHRC will directly inform improvements in health care access and population health for rural America.

The recipients will conduct policy-oriented health services research, update trend analyses and existing research, and conduct necessary literature reviews on rural issues and synthesize the issues into publically available policy briefs that are easy to understand by a non-technical audience. In addition to primary and secondary research, the applicant must be willing and able to conduct literature syntheses, develop evaluation or performance measures, and update existing research to produce timely and relevant information. The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and the recipients will negotiate the ratio of original research to other needed projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188191

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,900,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $950,000 per year subject to the availability of appropriated funds

Term of Contract:

September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2024 (4 years)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit entities. Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply.

These cooperative agreements do not support biomedical research or the delivery of health care services.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance:
HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:

Webinar:
- Day and Date: Friday, February 28, 2020
- Time: 1 – 2 p.m. ET
- Call-In Number: 1-888-324-8125
- Participant Code: 4438375
- Playback Number: 1-800-685-7910
- Passcode: 22820
- Weblink: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/trcp/

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is July 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to Grants.gov at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Estimated Award Date: 09/01/2020

Applicants may only apply for one type of TF RHRC: evaluation-focused or evidence-focused. Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.

You must obtain a valid DUNS number, also known as the Unique Entity Identifier, for your organization/agency and provide that number in the application. You must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and continue to maintain active SAM registration with current information at all times during which you have an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by an agency (unless the applicant is an individual or federal agency that is exempted from those requirements under 2 CFR § 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the agency under 2 CFR § 25.110(d)).

The Grants.gov registration process requires information in three separate systems:
- Dun and Bradstreet
- System for Award Management (SAM)
- Grants.gov

Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324227

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Jennifer Burges
Research Coordinator
Attn: Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Program
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17N172B
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 945-3985
Email: JBurges@hrsa.gov

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Potie Pettway
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-1014
Email: PPettway@hrsa.gov

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