(CLOSED) HRSA-20-106 Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Sponsor Name: 
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Description of the Award: 

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) multi-year initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high-risk, rural communities. This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under RCORP-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS). The purpose of the RCORP- NAS project is to advance RCORP’s overall goal and reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in rural communities by improving systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health.

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a five-point Strategy to Combat Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Overdose, to outline concrete steps that local communities can take to address the opioid epidemic. In alignment with the HHS Five-Point Strategy, and as part of the RCORP initiative, RCORP- NAS award recipients will implement a set of SUD/OUD Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Strategies as outlined in Section IV.2. These strategies are grounded in evidence-based or promising practice models. Applicants are encouraged to select the strategies that best address the needs identified in their respective service areas and target populations.

The Target Population for this grant is pregnant women, mothers, and women of childbearing age who have a history of, or who are at risk for, SUD/OUD and their children, families, and caregivers who reside in HRSA-designated rural areas, as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer.

Given the complex and multifaceted nature of SUD/OUD and NAS, as well as the need to secure community buy-in and social services support, HRSA requires that RCORP-NAS applicants operate within a broad, multi-sectoral consortium, as outlined in Section III.1. Consortia should be able to operationalize their proposed work plans immediately upon receipt of award.

The primary focus of this grant is to reduce incidence of NAS and OUD by improving local conditions and creating systems change. However, recognizing that many individuals with OUD have co-occurring substance use disorders,
consortia may also choose to address additional substances of concern in the target population. . Please note that no competitive advantage, funding priority, or preference is associated with proposing activities that address other SUD-related needs, including those related to methamphetamine or alcohol.

HRSA expects that consortia funded by RCORP- NAS will be able to operate effectively and sustain services during and beyond the period of performance. Award recipients will therefore implement Planning and Sustainability Strategies as outlined in Section IV.2. To assist with all programmatic requirements and to help recipients overcome challenges in project implementation, RCORP-NAS recipients will work closely with the HRSA-funded technical assistance (TA) provider throughout the three-year period of performance, beginning with a six-month Planning Phase at onset of award. HRSA will ensure award recipients have access to targeted TA, including the opportunity to participate in learning collaboratives with other RCORP-NAS, RCORP-Implementation and RCORP-Medication Assisted Treatment grantees, at no additional cost. HRSA will provide more information about TA support upon receipt of award.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Jul 20, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: [Last name]_HRSA-20-106.pdf) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Target HRSA-designated rural counties or rural census tracts
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2. Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) and identify the project scope that addresses the key aspects and elements of the FOA, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3. 2-page CV's of Investigators

Formatting Guidelines:
Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 4:00pm
No Applicants