Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Technical Assistance

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) -Technical Assistance (TA). 

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to provide technical assistance (TA) support for rural communities engaging in activities to combat opioid use disorder (OUD). The TA efforts will enhance the organizational and infrastructural capacity of multi-sector consortiums at the community, county, state, and/or regional levels. The overall goal is the reduction of morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in high-risk rural communities.

The RCORP-TA initiative is part of a multi-year, $130.0 million opioid focused effort by HRSA that will include: improving access to and recruitment of new substance use disorder providers; building sustainable treatment resources; increasing the use of telehealth; establishing cross-sector community partnerships; implementing new models of care, including integrated behavioral health; and providing technical assistance. The RCORP -TA award recipient will provide in-depth TA for planning and implementation to HRSA’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program award recipients. The RCORPPlanning program will seek to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in high-risk rural communities by strengthening the organizational and infrastructure capacity of multi-sector consortiums to address one or more of the focus areas of prevention, treatment, and recovery of OUD. HRSA expects to fund approximately 75 1-year planning grants in FY 2018. In FY 2019 and beyond, there will be additional funds available to provide continued support, including additional grants and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program awards.

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: July 23, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: Aug. 10, 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 domestic public or private, non-profit entities. Domestic faithbased and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are also eligible to apply



Amount Description

HRSA expects approximately $3,000,000 to be available annually to fund one recipient. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $3,000,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year. The period of performance is September 30, 2018 through September 29, 2022 (4 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for RCORP -TA 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)

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

Internal Deadline

July 23, 2018

External Deadline

August 10, 2018