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AHCPR Accepting Health Services Research Training Applications

Media Advisory Date: June 15, 1997

The Federal government's Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) announced today that it is accepting applications for training grants under the National Research Service Award (NRSA) and Institutional Training Innovation Incentive Award programs. AHCPR expects to award up to $4.5 million for first-year funding of training projects in fiscal year 1998, depending on the availability of funds. Letters of intent for both types of awards must be received by July 10, 1997, and applications by September 23, 1997.

AHCPR awards NRSA institutional training grants to eligible institutions to support predoctoral and postdoctoral health services research training for qualified individuals selected by the institutions.

Predoctoral research training must lead to the Ph.D. degree or a comparable research doctoral degree. Postdoctoral research training is for individuals who have a Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.

The agency expects to award up to $3.5 million in fiscal year 1998 to support first-year funding of approximately 15 to 24 NRSA projects. The maximum funding period is five years. The earliest anticipated award date is May 1, 1998.

For the Institutional Training Innovation Incentive Award program, AHCPR anticipates awarding up to $1 million in fiscal year 1998 to support approximately 20 projects to design and implement new models for training health services researchers. The goals are to create innovative approaches to prepare investigators for addressing emerging issues in health care policy and delivery, and to respond to the changing analytical needs of health care providers, payers and policymakers.

Applications for this program may be submitted by domestic non-profit private and public institutions with established programs in predoctoral and postdoctoral health services research training. The earliest anticipated award date is July 1, 1998.

Both RFAs were published in the June 13, 1997 issue of the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. For details, see the NIH Guide.

For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs: Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855 (KMigdail@ahrq.gov).

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