FAQs: Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT)

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-19-074

Application Submission Due Dates and Requirements

  1. What is the application process for the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program?

    Applicants for the NAT Notice of Funding Opportunity are required to apply electronically through Grants.gov, which provides instructions on how to apply. Effective December 31, 2017 applicants must use the Grants.gov Workspace to complete the workspace forms and submit the application workspace package. After this date, applicants will no longer be able to use the PDF Application Packages.

  2. When is the application due?

    The due date for the NAT Notice of Funding Opportunity is April 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application ahead of the application due date.

  3. Are applicants required to submit an application annually?

    Yes, NAT applicants must apply annually for consideration for funding each grant application cycle.

Eligibility, Use of Funds

  1. Who is eligible to apply?

    Eligible applicants are accredited schools of nursing, nursing centers, academic health centers, state or local governments and other public or private nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary that are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs for the duration of the award.

    Foreign entities are not eligible for this HRSA award.

    For-profit entities are not eligible under the NAT Program.

    Individuals are not eligible to apply to this grant opportunity.

  2. Who is eligible to receive traineeship funds?

    NAT award recipients will provide traineeship awards to full-time Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists who are enrolled in an accredited graduate-level Nurse Anesthesia Program and meet the eligibility and program requirements. Statement of Appointment Forms must be completed for each beneficiary (student-trainee). See Pages 4 and 5 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional guidance.

  3. How can NAT funds be used; is there a minimum and maximum traineeship award amount per student?

    Institutional award amounts are awarded to each educational institution; schools then disburse traineeship awards that are no less than $1,000 and no greater than $22,000 per year to each of its eligible NAT students. Traineeships will pay all or part of the costs of tuition, books (including e-Books), and fees, and the reasonable living expenses (stipends) of the individual during the period for which the traineeship is provided.

  4. What is the maximum number of months a trainee can receive NAT support?

    The maximum length of NAT traineeship support authorized per student is a cumulative continuous total of 36 months. FY19 awards will be used to support students during Academic Year 2019-2020.

Report Requirements

  1. What are the reporting requirements for the NAT Program?

    All NAT award recipients must track, collect, and report both student- and graduate-level data for the following reporting requirements:

    1. Performance Reports are due on an annual basis, with the next report due in the HRSA EHBs on July 31.
    2. Federal Financial Reports (FFRs, using Standard Form-425) are not required for NAT recipients. In lieu of the FFR, the Federal Cash Transaction Report (Standard Form 272), submitted to the Payment Management System, will be used to fulfill the financial reporting requirement.
    3. Progress and Final Reports are not required for the NAT Program. However, for recipients who submit applications for funding in the subsequent year that application serves as the Final Program Report for the preceding award.
    4. Integrity and Performance Reporting. The Notice of Award will contain a provision for Integrity and Performance Reporting in FAPIIS, as required in 45 CFR part 75 Appendix XII. VII. Ag.
  2. What information is required for the Annual Performance Report?

    Please see the Report on Your Grant page. “Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) award recipients are required to complete Annual Performance Reports every year on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) past and projected performance in carrying out its mission to improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.

    For each major program activity, tables are provided that show key program performance measures, targets and results. Performance Reports will inform HRSA BHW as to how the NAT award recipient performed throughout the year. All required Performance Measures are linked to the following legislative purpose of the NAT grant program: To provide traineeships to eligible individuals enrolled in an accredited graduate-level nurse anesthesia degree program.”

Application (HRSA-19-074)

  1. If we received funding under this grant program last year, when completing this application do we select "Continuation", "Renewal", or "New"?

    Select COMPETING CONTINUATION if you are applying for additional funding for a project/budget period with a projected completion date, through a competing process.

    Select NEW if you are an applicant that is submitting a HRSA NAT application for the first time (or missed subsequent year funding) and have not previously received an NAT award.

  2. Are Doctor of Nursing Practice programs that do not yet have accreditation eligible to apply?

    New graduate programs of nursing that are just beginning the accreditation process and want to establish eligibility must contact a national nursing accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education before requesting a letter of reasonable assurance from the U.S. Department of Education. A letter of reasonable assurance is an assessment by the U.S. Department of Education stating the applicant is expected to receive timely accreditation upon submission of its application to HRSA. In addition, the applicant organization must provide full documentation of all approvals (if applicable) needed to enroll students into a new graduate program (i.e. DNP, DNAP, DrNP, PhD). This includes approval from the school, the college/university and the State Board of Nursing, as appropriate. The documentation should be, for example, in the form of meeting minutes, a letter from the State Board of Nursing, or a letter from the Faculty Senate or State Finance Board as appropriate for the school.

  3. I am entering data in Grants.gov on the NAT Program Specific Data Forms and noticed that the dates on the electronic NAT Program Specific Data Forms are different from those listed in the NAT Funding Opportunity Announcement. Is there an error?

    No. There is not an error; you must select the correct current fiscal year as the dates will be dynamically displayed based on the fiscal year selection.

  4. What are some items that are included in the Maintenance of Effort Documentation

    The Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Documentation is to be attached with the online application. According to HRSA, the MOE is “a requirement contained in the authorizing statute or program regulations stating that, in order to receive federal funds, a recipient must agree to maintain a specified level of financial effort (using a specified baseline period, such as the year prior to the initiation of federal award support) for the grant from its own resources and other non-federal sources.” As indicated in the HRSA-19-074 Notice of Funding Opportunity you must provide a baseline aggregate expenditure for the prior fiscal year and an estimate for the next fiscal year. Report non-federal funds, including in-kind, expended for activities proposed in this application”. If the response is $0.00 please indicate this in the MOE Documentation.

  5. What is the National Provider Identifier (NPI) Number?

    Successful applicants are encouraged to request beneficiaries (trainees-students) to apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number and then collect the NPI numbers of those who receive funds because of this award for the purpose of collecting post-graduation employment demographics for at least one year, as applicable.

    A NPI Number is “A National Provider Identifier is a unique 10-digit identification number issued to health care providers in the United States by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The NPI has replaced the unique physician identification number Exit Disclaimer (UPIN) as the required identifier for Medicare Exit Disclaimer services, and is used by other payers, including commercial healthcare insurers. The transition to the NPI was mandated as part of the Administrative Simplifications portion of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Exit Disclaimer of 1996 (HIPAA).”

    The following links provide additional information on the National Provider Identifier:

  6. What is the Health Workforce Connector?

    The Health Workforce Connector connects skilled health professionals to communities in need. “Successful applicants are encouraged to connect program graduates with the HRSA Health Workforce Connector as a resource to search for healthcare jobs in underserved communities across the nation.” The following link provides information on the Health Workforce Connector.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2019