FAQs: Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE)

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-19-002

Application Submission

  1. Where can I access the Graduate Professional Education Grant (GPE) funding announcement?
  2. Is the technical assistance webinar recorded?
  3. Do all attachments count towards the page limit?
  4. If an attachment is not applicable, should we skip that number in the attachment section or renumber the attachments?
  5. Can an application have more than one Program Director/Program Investigator?
  6. When does the GPE funding opportunity close?
  7. Can an applicant apply for the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) and the GPE Program?
  8. If placements do not serve a high need and high demand population or area, would the program be considered an eligible applicant?
  9. Are Letters of Support required for this grant application?
  10. What should the logic model include?
  11. Are multiple applications allowed?

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Are federally recognized tribes eligible applicants?
  2. Does a training site need to have both a county Mental Health HPSA and a Facility HPSA score of 16 or above??
  3. We are BHWET grantees, does this make us ineligible for this grant? If our students already receive stipends under BHWET, then are they eligible to receive stipends under GPE?
  4. May individual students apply for this grant?
  5. Can a community center that is a training site apply for the grant?

Accreditation

  1. Do individual programs have to have specialized accreditation to apply?
  2. We are in the process of applying for accreditation, but we will not have our official accreditation letter until after the NOFO deadline. Can we still apply? Are programs that are APA-accredited on contingency eligible to apply?
  3. Can any APA-accredited counseling psychology or clinical psychology doctoral program be eligible for the HRSA-19-002 funding opportunity? Or, does the program need to be identified by APA exclusively as a health psychology doctoral program?
  4. Do faith-based programs licensed for substance-abuse treatment need to be accredited in order to be eligible to apply for the grant?

Use of Funds – Infrastructure

  1. Is the purchase of hardware and software for students, faculty, and participants an allowable cost?
  2. Can we pay field instructors/supervisors out of the administrative costs?

Use of Funds – Stipends/Tuition Support

  1. Can funds be used to enhance internship programs and field placements? 
  2. Can we provide stipends to doctoral students that are more than $25,000?
  3. Does the grant allow us to include tuition in the budget (in addition to trainee stipends)?
  4. Is health insurance for trainees an allowable expense? 
  5. What is the applicant’s match for student, intern and resident stipends?
  6. Is the 50 percent funding allocation for trainee support restricted exclusively to stipends or does it include salaries and fringe benefits as well?
  7. We are a state university. Would we use our negotiated cost agreement rate or the 8%?

Internships and Field Placements

  1. In regards to Table 1 Attachment 4, we anticipate partnering with multiple training sites. Should we list all of these training sites within Attachment 4, or only select a few sites to highlight?
  2. Given the page count, do we need to include Letters of Agreement (LOA) for all training sites we will be using or should we pick several to highlight?  We anticipate potentially 15 training sites. Is there any specific language the LOA's need to include?
  3. Do we need multiple disciplines at the education site or just at the placement sites?

Funding Preference and Priority

  1. Is there a funding preference for this NOFO?
  2. How do I meet the funding priority?

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Application Submission

  1. Where can I access the Graduate Professional Education Grant (GPE) funding announcement?

    Access the full funding announcement at Grants.gov. Please make sure you click on the “package” tab. You will see two hyperlinks next to the opportunity, "Preview" and "Apply." Click "Apply," then click "Download Instructions."

  2. Is the technical assistance webinar recorded?

    Yes. Watch the GPE Technical Assistance webinar recording.

  3. Do all attachments count towards the page limit?

    Yes. All non-OMB required attachments count toward the page limit. We strongly urge you to take appropriate measures to ensure your application does not exceed the specified 75 page limit. If an application goes over the page limit, it may be considered non-responsive and it will not go forward for panel review.

  4. If an attachment is not applicable, should we skip that number in the attachment section or renumber the attachments?

    Please do not renumber the attachments. Attachments should be submitted with the same numbers as specified in the NOFO.

  5. Can an application have more than one Program Director/Program Investigator?

    HRSA only recognizes one Program Director/Program Investigator, who will be accountable to HRSA.

  6. When does the GPE funding opportunity close?

    This funding opportunity closes on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET.

  7. Can an applicant apply for the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) and the GPE Program?

    Applicants are able to apply for both programs as long as eligibility requirements are met and applicants are able to provide appropriate resources to both programs.

  8. If placements do not serve a high need and high demand population or area, would the program be considered an eligible applicant?

    Yes. An applicant does not need to be located in a Mental Health HSPA area or in a county with less than 10 licensed psychologists per 100,000 population in order to apply. However, the goal of this funding opportunity is to prepare and build capacity of the doctoral health psychology workforce, to provide mental/behavioral health care, including OUD and other SUD prevention and treatment services, in high need and high demand areas.

  9. Are Letters of Support required for this grant application?

    Yes. Letters of support are required for this grant application and should be submitted as Attachment 11. Applicants must provide a description of support and commitment for each organization or department involved in your proposed project. See page 20 of the NOFO for more details. 

  10. What should the logic model include?

    Per the NOFO (page 11), a logic model is a one-page diagram that presents the conceptual framework for a proposed project and explains the links among program elements. A logic model must contain the activities and processes and must summarize the connections between the goals of the project, assumptions, inputs, target population, activities, outputs, and outcomes. View additional information on developing logic models or learn how to distinguish between a logic model and work plan.

  11. Are multiple applications allowed?

    Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable. An institution must select and submit an application for only one of the following:

    • Doctoral school or program of health service psychology
    • Doctoral internship in professional psychology
    • Post-doctoral residency program in practice psychology

    Independent organizations are those entities that have unique DUNS numbers.

Applicant Eligibility

  1. Are federally recognized tribes eligible applicants?

    Yes.  Eligible applicants include the following:

    • APA-accredited doctoral schools and programs of health service psychology, APA-accredited doctoral internships in professional psychology, and APA-accredited post-doctoral residency programs in practice psychology.
    • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply, if otherwise eligible.

    In addition to the 50 states, eligible entities include the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

  2. Does a training site need to have both a county Mental Health HPSA and a Facility HPSA score of 16 or above?

    Per the Review Criterion 1(a), applicants that list at least one training site, located in one of the following high need and high demand areas, (as listed in Table 1 in Attachment 4) will receive up to 5 points on their application score. 

  3. We are BHWET grantees, does this make us ineligible for this grant? If our students already receive stipends under BHWET, then are they eligible to receive stipends under GPE?

    All current program recipients who meet the eligibility requirements of the current NOFO are eligible for the GPE Program.  Participants may not concurrently receive scholarships or stipends from HRSA and another similar federal award. The only exceptions are federal educational loans and education remuneration from the VA (GI Bill). Additionally, participants (completers) who have already received a stipend from BWHET are not eligible to receive a stipend under GPE.  Stipends may be supplemented by an organization from non-federal funds provided the supplementation does not require any additional obligation from the participant. However, this must in accordance with institutional policy and be consistently applied. Under no circumstances may HRSA funds be used for stipend supplementation to another HRSA award.

  4. May individual students apply for this grant?

    This program is not intended for individual applicants. Eligible applicants are American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral level schools and programs of health service psychology, APA-accredited doctoral internships in professional psychology, and APA-accredited post-doctoral residency programs in practice psychology.

  5. Can a community center that is a training site apply for the grant?

    Eligible applicants are American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral level schools and programs of health service psychology, APA-accredited doctoral internships in professional psychology, and APA-accredited post-doctoral residency programs in practice psychology.

Accreditation

  1. Do individual programs have to have specialized accreditation to apply?

    Applicants applying for doctoral-level schools and program of health service psychology, professional psychology internships, and post-doctoral psychology residencies must provide documentation of their institution’s APA accreditation, specifying the dates covered by the active accreditation, including expiration date, letter as Attachment 10. 

  2. We are in the process of applying for accreditation, but we will not have our official accreditation letter until after the NOFO deadline. Can we still apply? Are programs that are APA-accredited on contingency eligible to apply?

    Applicants applying for doctoral-level schools and program of health service psychology, professional psychology internships, and post-doctoral psychology residencies must provide documentation of their institution’s APA accreditation, specifying the dates covered by the active accreditation, including expiration date, letter as Attachment 10. Programs may apply if they APA-accredited on contingency, and should include a statement identifying that the program is accredited on contingency.

  3. Can any APA-accredited counseling psychology or clinical psychology doctoral program, be eligible for the HRSA-19-002 funding opportunity? Or, does the program need to be identified by APA exclusively as a health psychology doctoral program?

    Yes. Per the NOFO definitions, Health Service Psychology includes clinical psychology, counseling, and school psychology, or a combination thereof.

  4. Do faith-based programs licensed for substance-abuse treatment need to be accredited in order to be eligible to apply for the grant?

    Yes. Eligible entities are APA-accredited doctoral schools and programs of health services psychology, APA-accredited doctoral internships in professional psychology and APA post-doctoral residency programs in the practice of psychology.

Use of Funds – Infrastructure

  1. Is the purchase of hardware and software for students, faculty, and participants an allowable cost?

    Yes. This can be part of the administrative costs.

  2. Can we pay field instructors/supervisors out of the administrative costs?

    Yes. No more than fifty (50) percent of funding may be dedicated to (1) development or enhancement of training program content and design including training in and implementation of tele-behavioral health services; (2) development or enhancement of financial support for the experiential training site supervisors and consultants; (3) faculty development including attendance at professional conference; (4) program administration and management; and (5) data collection.

Use of Funds – Stipends/Tuition Support

  1. Can funds be used to enhance internship programs and field placements? 

    Yes. Funds may be used to enhance or expand field placements and internships with the focus of the program.

  2. Can we provide stipends to doctoral students that are more than $25,000?

    Doctoral students in APA-accredited doctoral schools and programs in health service psychology in practica for ten (10) or more hours per week, per academic semester, shall receive a stipend of $25,000 per year.

  3. Does the grant allow us to include tuition in the budget (in addition to trainee stipends)?

    This NOFO does not restrict tuition. Per the NOFO tuition is allowed, but applicants must be paying the stipend as well at the fixed amount. The applicants must budget at least 50% of the requested amount for participant support.

  4. Is health insurance for trainees an allowable expense?

    Yes. Per the NOFO, health insurance is allowable as a trainee-related expense. It can be a funding line in the administrative and management cost for the professional track up to fifty (50) percent.  

  5. What is the applicant’s match for student, intern and resident stipends?

    Match is not required. The stipend amounts that can be charged to the award are fixed. Award recipients may not provide stipends lower than the amounts specified above; however, award recipients may choose to provide higher stipend amounts by including funds from other non-federal sources.

  6. Is the 50 percent funding allocation for trainee support restricted exclusively to stipends or does it include salaries and fringe benefits as well?

    Per the NOFO, applicants are required to provide a budget with no less than fifty (50) percent of a recipient’s overall requested budget dedicated and distributed as participant/trainee support costs.  Applicants must list (1) stipend, (2) health insurance, (3) attendance at one professional conference, (4) travel related expenses, and (5) other, as well as the number of trainees. Budget breakdown must separate trainee costs, and include a separate sub-total entitled “total Trainee Support Costs” which includes the summation of all trainee costs.Applicants are required to provide a budget, with narrative, that includes no less than fifty (50) percent of a recipient’s total requested budget each year (direct and indirect costs) per year dedicated and distributed as Participant/Trainee Support Costs to trainees in practica, internships, and residencies. Only participant/trainees who receive stipends under this funding opportunity may also receive the other trainee support listed in the above paragraph.

  7. We are a state university. Would we use our negotiated cost agreement rate or the 8%?

    Indirect costs for all applicants other than state, local, or Indian tribal governments are capped at the fixed rate of 8%.

Internships and Field Placements

  1. In regards to Table 1 Attachment 4, we anticipate partnering with multiple training sites. Should we list all of these training sites within Attachment 4, or only select a few sites to highlight?

    The applicant must list all of the partnering sites in Table 1.

  2. Given the page count, do we need to include Letters of Agreement (LOA) for all training sites we will be using or should we pick several to highlight?

    We anticipate potentially 15 training sites. Is there any specific language the LOA's need to include?LOAs for all training sites need to be included and will go towards the applicant’s page count. In the past, applicants have formatted more than one LOA onto one page of their application. However, all LOAs need to be legible. For specific language of the LOAs please refer to Attachment 2 of the NOFO.

  3. Do we need multiple disciplines at the education site or just at the placement sites?

    Per the notice of funding opportunity, experiential training or internship sites must participate in integrated and/or interprofessional team-based care with two or more health disciplines focusing on OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Funding Preference and Priority

  1. Is there a funding preference for this NOFO?

    As authorized by Section 791 of the Public Health Service Act, the GPE Program provides funding preference for applicants scoring above the 20th percentile of proposals that have been recommended for approval by peer review groups. As stated on page 29-30 of the NOFO, funding preference will be granted to any qualified applicant that demonstrates that they meet the criteria for the preference(s) of 1) High Rate; 2) Significant Increase; or 3) New Program.In order to qualify for the funding preference, you must clearly indicate in the Project Abstract the funding preference you are applying for and provide supporting information and data in Attachment 9.

  2. How do I meet the funding priority?

    In order to qualify under this priority, applicants must submit as Attachment 8 any supporting information and data, as evidence that they have trained psychology, psychiatry, and social work professionals to work in integrated care settings.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019