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


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Feb 17, 2021


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. 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. Sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) can provide communities with better physical and mental healthcare for survivors, better evidence collection, and higher prosecution rates in cases of sexual assault.

Projects developed through this program support the following goals:

  • Increase the supply and distribution of SANEs by training a larger number of registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), forensic nurses (FNs) to practice as SANEs
  • Expand access to sexual assault forensic examinations by making training more widely available and supporting certification for qualified SANEs, especially in rural and underserved areas
  • Enhance stakeholder support for the training and retention of SANEs, leading to better physical and mental care for survivors and improved evidence collection
  • Foster a supportive environment for SANE training and practice through strategic partnerships and technical assistance consultation

Required program activities, especially with HRSA-supported health centers, other HRSA-funded sites, critical shortage facilities, and other organizations that address social determinants of health (SDOH) as part of a coordinated systems of care, in order to:

  • Develop academic-practice partnerships to:
    • Recruit participants/trainees into the program
    • Provide clinical and experiential training
    • Integrate trauma-informed, evidence-based sexual assault services into community health practice and rural/underserved settings
    • Ensure trainees complete state/national requirements for SANE training and certification
  • Provide financial assistance to help participants complete SANE didactic and clinical training, experiential learning, and certification exams
  • Develop or enhance clinical training sites
  • Integrate innovative models and flexible training and practice options, including virtual, tele-education models, telehealth, sexual assault response teams (SARTs), and other technological or innovative approaches
  • Provide resources and support to promote participation in communities of practice, counseling support, continuing education, and burnout prevention in order to increase retention
  • Collaborate with other ANE-SANE grantees to help achieve project outcomes through sharing resources and solutions, developing and disseminating best practices for SANE training, practice, and retention
  • Obtain technical assistance to provide expert SANE program consultation to improve processes and address system-level and structural barriers to SANE training and practice, including strengthening stakeholder support, developing standardized protocols, and promoting interagency collaboration

Eligible ANE-SANE program participants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents who are:

  • Currently practicing RNs
  • Currently practicing APRNs 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: 16
Estimated total program funding: $8,000,000

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 should indicate in the project abstract and Attachment 8 their request for statutory funding preference based on rural, underserved, or public health nursing needs in state or local health departments.

Applicants interested in a rural funding preference must demonstrate that their project impacts a rural community, and that they or their established primary partner are located in a rural location. Applicants can use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer to obtain evidence of a rural location. Applicants can also use the Am I Rural? tool to determine whether a specific location is considered rural based on various federal definitions of rural.

Applicants interested in an underserved funding preference must demonstrate that their project impacts an underserved community, and that they or their established primary partner have a HPSA score of 18 or above. Applicants can use the Find Shortage Areas by Address tool to determine whether a specific address is located in a shortage area for this funding opportunity.

Applicants interested in a public health nursing needs in state or local health departments funding preference must demonstrate that their project will address public health nursing needs in state or local health departments. Applicants must submit evidence that they or their established primary partner are a state or local health department and include a memorandum of understanding delineating partnership with state or local health departments, if applicable.

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 frequently asked questions


For programmatic or technical questions:
Deitra Scott, RN, MSN

For grants management or budget questions:
Latisha Nibblett

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse