National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCAs)

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This announcement solicits applications for National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements (NCA) 1 to provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to existing and potential Health Center Program award recipients and look-alikes (hereafter referred to as health centers). The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking to fund approximately 19 organizations to provide T/TA directly and through collaborative partnerships to support health centers in providing comprehensive, high quality primary health care and improving the health of individuals and communities, consistent with the goals of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Quality Strategy. 

Health centers provide access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to the Nation’s neediest populations. The Health Center Program currently funds nearly 1,400 health centers that operate more than 9,800 service delivery sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. In 2015, health centers provided care to more than 24 million patients.

NCAs coordinate with State and Regional Primary Care Associations (PCA) and Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) to provide T/TA to existing and potential health centers, regardless of award or designation status, to improve health center operational and clinical outcomes.

NCA funding in fiscal years (FY) 2017 through 2020 will support the provision of T/TA to health centers nationwide through the development and dissemination of promising practices, facilitation of trainings, coordination of activities, and other T/TA activities. NCAs work with HRSA to identify emerging issues and trends that are affecting, or have the potential to affect, health centers. They also provide support to health centers, both directly and through coordinated activities with other HRSA-supported T/TA providers, to develop and implement promising practices to effectively address these issues and trends and advance HRSA priorities.

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: November 14, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: December 12, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include public, nonprofit, and for-profit entities, including tribal and faith-based organizations, that can provide T/TA on a national basis to existing and potential health centers. New organizations and organizations currently receiving funding as NCAs under Section 330(l) may submit applications.

Amount Description

Approximately $18.5 million is expected to be available annually to fund approximately 19 awards. The project period is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020 (three years). You may apply for a funding amount that is equal to or less than the maximum amount permitted for the NCA type selected per the guidance below. This applies to each of the three years of the proposed project period.

• Special or Vulnerable Populations NCAs: New applicants in this category may request up to $450,000; currently funded NCAs may request up to $450,000, or the equivalent of the FY 2016 award amount.

• Health Center Development Areas NCAs: New applicants and currently funded NCAs in this category may request up to the following maximum annual funding amount:

  • Clinical Workforce Development – Pipeline NCA: $500,000
  • Clinical Workforce Development – Recruitment and Retention NCA: $450,000
  • Capital Development and Growth NCA: $850,000 o Health Information Technology and Data NCA: $500,000
  • Oral Health Care NCA: $500,000
  • Medical-Legal Partnerships NCA: $450,000

• National Resource Center for Health Center T/TA NCA: New applicants and currently funded NCAs in this category may request up to $6,375,000.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
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

Applicants will need to 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

November 14, 2016

External Deadline

December 12, 2016