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Rural Healthcare Quality – Funding & Opportunities

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AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18)
Supports the dissemination and implementation of research projects related to AHRQ's mission to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. AHRQ's priorities include an interest in rural and frontier healthcare delivery.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jan 27, 2021
Sponsors: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03)
Supports different types of health services research projects, including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. Rural and frontier areas are considered a priority population.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jul 5, 2021
Sponsors: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AHRQ Health Services Research Projects (R01)
Support for specified health services research projects related to AHRQ's mission to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable. AHRQ's priorities include an interest in rural and frontier healthcare delivery.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jul 6, 2021
Sponsors: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Quality Payment Program Support for Small, Underserved, and Rural Practices
Customized technical assistance for clinicians in small practices, including those in rural locations, Health Professional Shortage Areas, and Medically Underserved Areas to help them participate and succeed in the Quality Payment Program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement Inactive
Award for Association of American Medical Colleges members and teaching hospitals for projects that go beyond the traditional service role of academic medicine and address community health needs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2020
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges
Improving Healthcare Systems Research Grants Inactive
Support for research that studies the comparative clinical effectiveness of alternative features of healthcare systems that are intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and efficiency of patient care and that have the greatest potential for sustained impact and replication within and across healthcare systems. Studies that examine effects on certain populations, including low-income and rural populations, will receive priority.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 4, 2020
Application Deadline: May 5, 2020
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Collaborative Minority Health and Health Disparities Research with Tribal Epidemiology Centers (R01) Inactive
Funding to support collaborative research between Tribal Epidemiology Centers and extramural investigators on topics related to minority health and health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 4, 2019
Sponsors: National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Tribal Health Research Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Health Network Development Program Inactive
Grants for healthcare networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and improve the quality of healthcare services. The purpose of this program is to support rural integrated healthcare networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 25, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals Inactive
Grants for innovative projects that are working to build a culture of health, ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need and all families have the opportunity to make healthier choices.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2019
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program Inactive
Grants to support rural primary care providers with the planning and implementation of quality improvement activities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2019
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Center Controlled Networks Inactive
Provides grants to support Health Center Controlled Networks to advance the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology strategies and to leverage technology to participate in value-based care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jan 3, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Inactive
Awards funding to one organization to provide technical assistance to beneficiaries of FORHP quality initiatives, such as grantees, Critical Access Hospitals, and other rural providers, including: data collection and analysis; understanding measure specifications; benchmarking and target-setting; developing and implementing efficient and effective improvement strategies; and tracking the outcomes of quality improvement efforts.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Health Clinic Policy and Clinical Assessment Program Inactive
Funding to a single organization that will work to identify key policy, regulatory, and clinical challenges facing Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and identify possible solutions. The awardee will work to inform RHCs and other rural stakeholders about key RHC issues, including regulatory and programmatic changes that affect care delivery.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2018
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 2/24/2020