Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will award funds to establish and enhance nutrition centers of excellence to improve access to comprehensive, community-based, nutrition-centered, and culturally competent coordinated care by increasing the availability of practitioners trained in MCH nutrition that are able to meet the needs of MCH populations. The program improves access to quality health care by (1) providing MCH nutrition professionals with interdisciplinary graduate education and training with a public health focus and emphasis on MCH populations and services – education and training designed to improve workforce capacity and foster leadership in program development and administration, systems integration, education, and nutrition services; (2) developing and disseminating curricula, teaching models, and other educational resources to enhance MCH nutrition programs; and (3) providing continuing education, consultation and technical assistance to local, state, and national organizations serving MCH populations while working in collaboration with State Title V and other MCH programs in order to address the needs of the MCH community.

Unlike other master’s level nutrition training programs, MCH Nutrition trainees receive specialized training in core MCH public health principles, epidemiology, environmental approaches to population intervention, leadership skills, and the development and evaluation of nutrition-related, cost-effective interventions for specific populations. Training is also provided in identifying and designing outcome evaluations and in evaluating the potential physiological and biochemical mechanisms linking diet and nutritional status with risk or disease status. Training is designed to provide both clinical and public health approaches to working with the MCH population. Nutrition as a discipline focuses on life course for the population, and nutrition practices have a powerful impact on chronic diseases. MCH and public health nutritionists are critical in integrating primary healthcare and public health interventions and serve as an important link in clinical-community collaborations. The program closely supports HRSA Strategic Goals: Goal 1 - improve access to quality care and services, Goal 2 - strengthen the health workforce, and Goal 4 - improve health equity

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: April 12, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: May 7, 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

Domestic public and nonprofit private institutions of higher learning may apply for training grants. 



Amount Description

HRSA expects approximately $1,825,000 (includes $25,000 for grantee meeting to be determined after award) to be available annually to fund eight MCH Nutrition Training Program recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $225,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year for the MCH Nutrition Training Program. In addition, approximately $112,500 is expected to be available in the first budget period to fund two childhood obesity enhancement projects. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $56,250 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) in the first budget period, for the childhood obesity enhancement. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2018 federal appropriation. You may apply for an annual ceiling amount, as indicated below for the type of award selected. This program notice is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, HRSA can process applications, and award funds in a timely manner. The period of performance for the MCH Nutrition Training Program is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023 (5 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the MCH Nutrition Training 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





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.

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

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

April 12, 2018

External Deadline

May 7, 2018