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Advanced Nursing Education Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship (ANE-NPRF) Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Apr 11, 2023


Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Supports the establishment, expansion and/or enhancement of existing community-based nurse practitioners (NP) residency and fellowship training programs to increase access to primary care for rural, urban, and tribal underserved populations. Focuses on the integration of behavioral health and maternal health into primary care by supporting the transition from education completion to practice in community-based settings for the following provider types:

  • Primary care providers (adult, family, adult gerontology, pediatric and women's health NPs)
  • Behavioral health providers (psychiatric/mental health NPs)
  • Certified nurse midwives (CNMs)

Program goals and objectives include:

  • Support expansion or enhancement of primary care NP residency programs
  • Increase the number of new primary care, behavioral health, and maternal health NPs serving in rural, urban, and tribal underserved community-based settings
  • Integrate behavioral health and maternal healthcare into community-based primary care NP residency programs
  • Support new primary care providers through the establishment, expansion, or enhancement of NP residency programs in community-based settings
  • Strengthen the clinical competency and readiness for the practice of new primary care NPs through didactic and clinical training that equips participants with the skills and knowledge to provide care for the complex co-morbidities and multi-level chronic health and social needs of communities
  • Increase access to quality primary care providers through the placement of residency completers in rural, urban, and tribal underserved community-based settings
  • Expand academic practice partnerships to provide learning opportunities that integrate primary care, behavioral health, and maternal health practices that also promote health equity, and improve workforce diversity, wellness, and resiliency

Additional information on program requirements and expectations can be found in the funding announcement.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $700,000
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 43
Estimated total program funding: $30,012,998

Funding preference will be applied to the first $6,000,000 of the total available funding for applications that establish or expand/enhance community-based nurse practitioner residency and fellowship programs in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), that are accredited or in the accreditation process for practicing postgraduate NPs in primary care or behavioral health.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • Accredited schools of nursing
  • Nursing centers such as nurse managed health clinics or centers
  • Academic health centers
  • State or local governments
  • Other private or public nonprofit entities determined appropriate by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services such as:
    • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
    • HRSA-supported health centers
  • Consortiums
  • Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations
  • Tribes and tribal organizations

Individuals and for-profit entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Eligible ANE-NPR program residents must:

  • Have completed an advanced nursing education (nurse practitioner or nurse midwifery) degree or post-masters certificate program with a focus on primary care, behavioral health, or maternal health
  • Obtain a certification and license to practice no longer than 18 months before the start of the residency program
  • Be accepted into and participating in a NP residency program
  • Agree to be a full-time participant, provide information needed for the project, and commit to completing the NP residency program, with an intent to serve rural, urban, and tribal underserved populations

Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive ANE-NPRF Program 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. As part of this opportunity, there is a Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) funding preference as a special consideration.

Applicants should indicate in Attachment 7 their request for funding preference and include supporting documentation.

Applicants interested in a rural funding preference can use the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer or Am I Rural? tool to determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity.

Applicants interested in an underserved funding preference can use the Find Shortage Areas - MUA Find tool to determine whether a specific address is located in a Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/MUP) practice setting.

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 NP residency program completers/graduates employed in a state or local health department practice setting serving communities in need.

Applicants interested in a FQHC funding preference must provide evidence that their the project site is certified/designated as an FQHC.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

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

Applicant technical assistance webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For additional information or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
William Weisenberg

For programmatic or technical questions:
Debra Parchen

Rural Awards

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

Rural communities who have received funding include:

  • Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. in Burkesville, Kentucky
  • Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York

Topics This Program Addresses

Education and Training • Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Substance Use Disorder