Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Program (IPCP): Behavioral Health Integration (BHI)

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR): Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP): Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) program, referred to as NEPQR: BHI. The purpose of this program is to increase the access to and quality of behavioral health services through behavioral health integrated team-based care models; and train the future nursing workforce to provide integrated behavioral health services in primary care settings through academic-practice partnerships.

The goals of this program are 1) to educate and train the current and future nursing workforce to provide interprofessional, evidence-based, integrated behavioral health services, and 2) to reduce barriers to care by addressing social determinants of health through community-based partnerships.

BHI’s objective is to increase the number of interprofessional nurse-led primary care teams trained in the integration of evidence-based BHI strategies, through academic-practice and community-based partnerships.

Eligible applicants may submit only one application in response to this NOFO. Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable. Separate organizations are those entities that have unique DUNS numbers.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity, please contact Wendy Conklin or Dr. Barbara Turner, at the Duke University School of Nursing by Dec. 30, 2019. or

Sponsor Deadline: Feb. 19, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with Sections 831(g) and 831A(f) of PHS Act, eligible applicants include accredited schools of nursing, as defined by section 801(2), health care facilities, or a partnership of such a school and facility.  



Amount Description

HRSA expects approximately $8,500,000 to be available annually to fund approximately 18 recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $500,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2020 federal appropriation. 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 is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 (three years). Funding beyond the first year is subject to the availability of appropriated funds for the NEPQR: BHI 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





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science

Internal Deadline

December 30, 2019

External Deadline

February 19, 2020