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Rural Residency Planning and Development Technical Assistance Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.155
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 21, 2021

For programmatic or technical questions:
Sheena Johnson, MPH

For grants management or budget questions:
Benoit Mirindi


The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will enter into a cooperative agreement with a single entity to provide technical assistance (TA) for HRSA Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD) awardees that are working to expand the number of rural residency training programs and subsequently increase the number of physicians choosing to practice in rural areas.

Program objectives include:

  • Promote the rural residency to rural workforce pipeline by supporting the development of new rural residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, OB/GYN, general surgery, preventive medicine, and other specialties as determined by HRSA. TA provided may include assistance in curriculum development, faculty recruitment and development, clinical and community partnerships, and program administration
  • Support RRPD Program award recipient efforts to establish and maintain new rural residency programs and achieve program accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Assist with identifying, qualifying for, and securing (as applicable) Medicare graduate medical education (GME) funding and/or other sustainable pathways of funding rural residencies such as Medicaid, state, or private funding
  • Identify, track, analyze, and translate key policy, regulatory, and programmatic issues to inform RRPD Program award recipients and other rural stakeholders about changes, knowledge gaps, or other challenges impacting rural residency programs and rural GME funding
  • Analyze overall impact of the RRPD-TA and RRPD Program activities and funding on rural communities in consultation with HRSA
  • Promote rural residency training to medical students

Priority for TA will be RRPD Program awardees; however, if resources are available, TA may be provided to other entities interested in developing new rural residency programs.


Eligible applicants are any domestic public or private nonprofit entities including:

  • Faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes
  • Tribal organizations
  • Institutions of higher education
  • State and local governments
  • Hospitals
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $4,300,000 for the entire project period
Project period: 4 years
Number of awards: 1

Application process

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

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Graduate medical education · Maternal health and prenatal care · Networking and collaboration · Physicians · Primary care · Surgery

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