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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program (RHSE)

Grants to USA IHEs for Rural Family Health
Education to Reduce Opioid Abuse

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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06/10/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA land grant and Tribal colleges and universities for rural health education programming to address the reduction and/or prevention of opioid abuse and misuse. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Grant program proposals in the individual and family health education area are expected to be health education projects that provide individuals and families living in rural areas with:

- Information as to the value of good health at any age;
- Information to increase individual or families’ motivation to take more responsibility for
their own health;
- Information about and access to health promotion activities; and
- Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.

In FY 2019, NIFA will continue the support of the implementation of evidence-based, outcome-based educational approaches and programs delivered through an Extension model which promote protective factors and reduce the impact of risk factors leading to the prevention of initiation of substance use, delayed early use, and the progression from use to problematic use or to a substance use disorder. Since the occurrence and context of risk behavior is complex, applicants are encouraged to address intersecting factors that have the potential to also prevent or reduce opioid initiation, misuse, and abuse. Additionally, where appropriate, NIFA would like to encourage collaborative approaches with allied health sciences located at academic institutions, local health care entities, and community organizations.

According to the 2016 Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, evidenced-based programs can significantly reduce substance misuse and abuse if implemented well. However, many schools and communities are using programs with the least evidence. For the RHSE program, all projects and approaches must be research-informed. Proposed projects implementing programs and approaches with documented evidence of impact on preventing and/or reducing opioid misuse and abuse will be given priority consideration. Programs and approaches currently developing an evidence base will also be considered.

In FY 2019, the RHSE program will support: a) projects implementing new Extension programs or approaches in the area of individual and family health education focused on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse; b) projects seeking to scale-up to State or multistate levels already established programs or approaches with demonstrated evidence of impact in the area of individual and family health education focused on the prevention and/or reduction of opioid misuse and abuse. An applicant may form a multi-state partnership to support scaling-up a program or approach.

In order to achieve RHSE goals for efficiency and reach, meaningful collaborations among 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions within a given State or Region are highly encouraged, as well as collaborations with other relevant organizations. Roles of partner organizations and their necessity on the project must be clearly described in the proposal.

For additional project requirements and recommendations, see pages 8-9 of the RFA:

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GrantWatch ID#: 155310

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Number of Grants:

Number of New Awards Anticipated for FY 2019: 8-10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposed budgets must not exceed $350,000 total for a two-year project period. The Estimated Minimum Award is $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: 2 years

The project start date must be September 1, 2019 and the end date must be August 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities that are eligible to receive funds under the Act of July 2, 1862 (7 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), and the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.), including Central State University, Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University. Applications also may be submitted by any of the Tribal colleges and universities designated as 1994 Land Grant Institutions under the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, as amended.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project.

NIFA will recognize and provide priority in the receipt of funding to applications from “centers of excellence” that carry out research, extension, and education activities that relate to the food and agricultural sciences. For more information, see the RFP:

NIFA will not consider or fund the following types of applications to the FY2019 RHSE

- Proposals without a plan for measuring participant outcomes;
- Proposals planned for less than 24 months;
- Proposals with a focus on topic areas specific to other NIFA grant programs, including AFRI, such as Food Safety, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Youth Farm Safety or AgrAbility;
- Proposals with a focus on research (other than evaluation related to project outputs, outcomes and impacts), formal education (K-12, university), or clinical interventions; or
- Proposals focused on the clinical treatment of individuals with substance use disorders

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on June 10, 2019.

Prior to preparing an application, it is recommended that the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) first contact an Authorized Representative (AR, also referred to as Authorized Organizational Representative, or AOR) to determine if the organization is prepared to submit electronic applications through

If not (e.g., the institution/organization is new to the electronic grant application process through, then the one-time registration process must be completed PRIOR to submitting an application. It can take as long as two weeks to complete the registration process so it is critical to begin as soon as possible.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information, contact:

Ahlishia J'Nae Shipley, National Program Leader
Telephone: (202) 401-6854

Aida Balsano, Ph.D., National Program Leader
Telephone: (202) 720-4436

Administrative/Business Contact
Bruce Mertz, Team Leader, Team I
Telephone: 202-401-5062

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