Health Careers Opportunity Program: The National HCOP Academies

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for the FY 2018 Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) hereinafter referred to as the “National HCOP Academies."

The purpose of this grant program is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a health profession through the development of academies that will support and guide them through the educational pipeline. Based on Section 739 of the Public Health Service Act, academies are expected to focus on: 1) promoting the recruitment of qualified individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds into health professions, including allied health programs; 2) improving retention, matriculation and graduation rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of economically or educationally disadvantaged students; and 3) providing opportunities for communitybased health professions training in primary care settings, emphasizing experiences in rural and underserved communities.

The National HCOP Academies will focus on three key milestones of education: 1) high school graduation, and matriculation into a two or four-year college/university (including allied health professions programs); 2) graduation from a two-year or four-year college/university (including allied health professions programs); and 3) matriculation into graduate-level health professions programs, retention and completion of a graduate-level health professions or allied health professions program (e.g., postbaccalaureate programs). 

The National HCOP Academies provide a variety of academic and social supports to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds through formal academic and research training, programming, and student enhancement or support services. The National HCOP Academies recipients will provide counseling and mentoring services to assist students in successfully completing their education and training, student stipends, financial planning resources, and health care careers and training information. Financial planning resources may also be provided to the parents/guardians of the students. 

This program’s goal is to lead to matriculation into the applicant or partner organization’s 2- or 4-year college/university, health or allied health professions school or employment in primary care settings in rural and underserved communities. Recipients must develop an HCOP Academy in coordination with partner high schools, technical and vocational training programs, and/or colleges and universities. Applicants must have articulation agreements in place within their own institution and/or with partner institutions allowing for students’ matriculation to the next level of the education pipeline (e.g., 2- or 4-year college, university, or a graduate level health or allied health professions program) as described in the three key milestones referenced above. 

Multiple applications from an institution are not allowable. Eligible applicants can submit only one application per campus; multiple applications from a single campus are not allowable. A campus is defined as a division of a university that has its own grounds, buildings (e.g. school of medicine, school of pharmacy) and faculty. 


  • Duke Internal: April 16, 2018
  • Application: May 29, 2018

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

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities including community colleges, technical colleges and tribal colleges. Each applicant must specifically state its eligibility information in the project abstract. Nursing programs will not be funded through this funding opportunity.

Eligible entities must be located within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. 



Amount Description

Approximately $12,794,000 is expected to be available annually to fund approximately twenty (20) awardees. Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $640,000 per year. The period of performance is September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2023 (five years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the Health Careers Opportunity Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory awardee performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the federal government. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

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 via the upload feature on the ORS website.

* A letter of support from dean/chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* HRSA or NIH Biosketch

The above materials should be compiled (in the order listed above) into one PDF file. Go to Institutionally Limited Nominations/Current Open Competitions:, select the appropriate competition and click the Applicant button. Follow the instructions to create a profile; return to the funding opportunity; click the Applicant Button on the Opportunities page and then upload your file. Please remember to click Submit after you upload.

Internal Deadline

April 16, 2018

External Deadline

May 29, 2018