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Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.822
Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 29, 2018

For programmatic or technical questions:
Tammy Mayo-Blake, M.Ed.

For grants management or budget questions:
Denis Nikiema


The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) provides grants to projects designed to increase and support opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter health professions.

Projects are expected to:

  1. Promote the recruitment of qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds into the health professions, including allied health programs
  2. Improve retention, matriculation, and graduation rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of disadvantaged students
  3. Provide opportunities for community-based health profession training in primary care, emphasizing experiences in rural and underserved communities

Applicants are required to propose activities for each of the 9 program requirements:

  • Recruitment
  • Facilitating entry
  • Counseling, mentoring, and other Services
  • Preliminary education and health research training
  • Financial aid information dissemination
  • Primary care exposure activities
  • Development of a more competitive applicant pool
  • Stipends
  • Scholarships

Criteria for structured and unstructured program activities are provided in the application instructions.


Eligible applicants include accredited schools of:

  • Allopathic medicine
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Public health
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Allied health
  • Chiropractic
  • Podiatric medicine
  • Public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health
  • Programs for the training of physician assistants
  • Other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities including community colleges, technical colleges, and tribal colleges
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $640,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 20
Estimated total program funding: $12,794,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

Tagged as
Allied health · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Dental workforce · Health workforce · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Oral health · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Pharmacy workforce · Physician assistants · Physicians · Primary care · Public health · Scholarships for health careers

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