Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for the Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB-THNP). The two-fold purpose of this program is to use telehealth networks to increase access to behavioral health care services in rural and frontier communities and to conduct evaluations of those efforts to establish an evidence-base for assessing the effectiveness of tele-behavioral health care for patients, providers, and payers. 

The range and use of telehealth services have expanded over the past decades, along with the role of technology in improving and coordinating care. Traditional models of telehealth involve care delivered to a patient at an originating (or spoke) site from a specialist working at a distant (or hub) site. A telehealth network consists of a series of originating sites receiving services from a collaborating distant site. For the purposes of this NOFO, telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Telehealth modalities to be used to support clinical treatment may include video conferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.

The Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program presents an opportunity to address two clinical priorities: mental health and substance abuse (particularly the opioid abuse epidemic). Approximately 1 in 5 adults, or 18.1 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 18, have a mental illness. When considering serious mental illness, an illness categorized by distinct mental health disorders that result in functional impairment, roughly 9.8 million adults (over the age of 18) are affected. Research funded by HRSA found that a higher percentage of individuals with serious mental illness are located in nonmetropolitan (rural) counties than in metropolitan (urban) counties.

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: June 6, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: June 25, 2018

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at fundopps@duke.edu to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. Network members may be public, private, nonprofit or for-profit entities that provide services to rural areas. 

Organizations applying to this NOFO should be experienced telehealth providers and, should design their proposed projects to maximize the number of individuals receiving tele-behavioral health services in rural areas. Applicants should select rural network partners with whom they have the ability to obtain de-identified patient level clinical and cost data for patients receiving telehealth as well as appropriate control groups. 

Any application received from a current Telehealth-Focused Rural Health Research Center award recipient will not be considered for funding under this notice.



Amount Description

HRSA expects approximately $4,900,000 to be available annually to fund up to 14 recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $350,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year. The period of performance is September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2021 (3 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the EvidenceBased Behavioral Health Telehealth Network Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Funding Type





Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

June 6, 2018

External Deadline

June 25, 2018