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Advanced Nursing Education – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program (ANE-SANE)


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Application Deadline: Apr 2, 2024


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Awards funding to local, regional, or state-level organizations to establish advanced nursing education programs to train eligible nurses to become certified sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). Seeks to increase the number of new sexual assault nurse examiners, and retain existing sexual assault nurse examiners in the workforce, especially in rural and underserved communities. SANEs can provide communities with better physical and mental healthcare for survivors, including trauma-informed care, and better evidence collection practices.

Projects developed through this program support the following goals:

  1. Increase the number of trained and certified SANEs
  2. Increase the number of available SANE trainings
  3. Expand access to sexual assault forensic examinations, especially in rural and underserved areas
  4. Foster an environment that supports SANE training, practice, and retention.

Required activities include:

  • Provide financial support for trainees to complete SANE training and certification
  • Implement curriculum that addresses social determinants of health, health disparities, behavioral health and promotes health equity
  • Develop or enhance clinical training sites
  • Ensure trainees complete appropriate clinical training with competent preceptors
  • Ensure trainees complete all state/national requirements and practice hours needed for training and certification
  • Ensure SANE retention through peer support, mentorship, counseling, and continuing education
  • Collaborate with other ANE-SANE grantees to help achieve project outcomes through sharing resources and best practices that address barriers to SANE training and practice
  • Establish or enhance academic-practice partnerships with HRSA supported health centers, Rural Health Clinics, or similar entities to recruit diverse trainees and provide clinical and experiential training
  • Complete all program evaluation requirements

Eligible ANE-SANE program participants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents, or any other "qualified alien" under Section 431(b) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193), as amended, who are:

  • Currently practicing registered nurses
  • Currently practicing advanced practice registered nurses and forensic nurses
  • Students in advanced nursing education programs, including forensic nursing

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $500,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 28
Estimated total program funding: $14,243,688

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by:

  • Accredited schools of nursing
  • Nursing centers and nurse-managed health clinics
  • Academic health centers
  • State or local health departments
  • HRSA-supported health centers
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Public or nonprofit hospitals
  • Emergency care service providers
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Clinics receiving funding under Title X and other relevant public or private nonprofit entities
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations
  • Nonprofit community-based and faith-based organizations, if they are otherwise eligible

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.

Applicants interested in a rural funding preference must demonstrate that their project will substantially benefit a rural community by providing evidence to show a high rate for placing graduates in rural practice settings. Applicants can use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer or Am I Rural? Tool to determine eligibility.

Applicants interested in an underserved funding preference must demonstrate that their project will substantially benefit underserved populations by providing evidence to show a high rate for placing graduates in medically underserved areas. Applicants can use the Find Shortage Areas - MUA Find tool to determine eligibility.

Applicants interested in a public health nursing needs in state or local health departments funding preference must provide evidence to show a high rate for placing graduates in state or local health department practice settings serving communities in need.

To qualify for 1 of the above statutory funding preferences, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the criteria by submitting the required data in Program Specific Tables and providing supporting documentation in Attachment 7.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.

Applicant technical assistance webinar recording
Applicant question and answer webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Michael Clark, MBA, RN

For grants management or budget questions:
Jacqueline Dickerson

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse