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Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 10, 2023


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Awards funding, based on a formula, to eligible institutions that then distribute funds to full-time nurse anesthetist trainees to pay for full or partial tuition and fees, required books, and reasonable living expenses. Aims to increase the number of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) trained and willing to offer evidence-based, high-quality, and safe anesthesia and pain management services to rural, urban, and tribal underserved communities.

Objectives include:

  • Provide traineeship awards to eligible student registered nurse anesthetists (SRNAs), enrolled full-time in an accredited nurse anesthesia program
  • Recruit, train, and provide support, such as stipends, mentorship, and peer support, to students including those from diverse populations and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in the nursing profession
  • Enhance didactic and clinical curriculum that provides trainees experiential learning opportunities which focus on delivery of culturally competent care and addressing health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH) in vulnerable and underserved populations

Amount of Funding

Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 80
Estimated total annual program funding: $2,250,000

Awards will be distributed among all eligible institutions based on a formula calculation using data supplied by applicants in the ANE Program Specific Data Forms.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Schools of nursing
  • Nursing centers
  • Academic health centers
  • State or local governments
  • Public or private nonprofit entities
  • Domestic community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

Applicants must be accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs at the time of application and for the duration of the award.

Foreign entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Students/trainees eligible for NAT traineeship support must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, non- citizen national, an individual lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the U.S, or any other "qualified alien" under section 431(b) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104- 193, as amended
  • A licensed registered nurse (RN) and be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Enrolled full-time in an accredited course of study leading to a graduate degree in nurse anesthesia
  • Eligible to sit for the national certification examination to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) upon program completion
  • Maintain the predetermined academic standards of the recipient institution

Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible to receive NAT traineeship support.

Funding preference will be given to projects that will substantially benefit rural or underserved populations, or help meet public health nursing needs in state or local health departments. To qualify for statutory funding preference, applicants must demonstrate that at least 60% of graduates from academic year 2021-2022 are currently employed in rural, underserved, or state/local health department practice sites.

Applicants interested in requesting a funding preference can use HRSA's Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer or the "Am I Rural?" tool to determine whether a practice site is located in a rural area. Use the Find Shortage Areas - MUA Find tool to determine if a project will substantially benefit underserved populations, or provide documentation that shows that at least 1 of your graduates is working in a state or local health department.

Special consideration will be given to an eligible entity that agrees to use awarded funds to train CRNAs who will serve Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). To qualify for special consideration, applicants must demonstrate that at least 60% of graduates from the preceding academic year, 2021-2022, are currently employed in HPSAs.

Applicants interested in requesting special consideration can use the Find Shortage Areas by Address tool to determine whether a specific address is located in a HPSA for this funding opportunity.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For additional information or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
John Gazdik

For programmatic or technical questions:
Santhana Webb, MS, BSN, RN, OCN

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.

  • Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee

Topics This Program Addresses

Education and Training • Healthcare Workforce • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing