Rural Health Opioid Program

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This announcement solicits applications for the Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP).

The purpose of RHOP is to promote rural health care services outreach by expanding the delivery of opioid related health care services to rural communities. The program will reduce the morbidity and mortality related to opioid overdoses in rural communities through the development of broad community consortiums to prepare individuals with opioid-use disorder (OUD) to start treatment, implement care coordination practices to organize patient care activities, and support individuals in recovery through the enhancement of behavioral counselling and peer support activities. 

This program will bring together health care providers (i.e. local health departments, hospitals, primary care practices, and substance abuse treatment providers) and entities such as social service and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and other community-based groups to respond multifaceted to the opioid epidemic in a rural community. The consortium must include at least three (3) health care providers. 

Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: June 26, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: July 21, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to receive a grant under Section 330A of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254c), an entity must:

  • be a rural public or rural non-profit private entity
  • represent a consortium composed of members o members must include 3 or more health care providers o members may be nonprofit or for-profit entities
  • not have previously received a grant under this subsection for the same or a similar project, unless the entity is proposing to expand the scope of the project or the area that will be served through the project. 

Any state, public, or private entity may apply for this funding opportunity, assuming they meet the RHOP requirements. This includes faith-based and community-based organizations as well as federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations. 



Amount Description

Approximately $3,000,000 is expected to be available annually over a 3-year project period to fund twelve (12) recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $250,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect/facilities and administrative costs) per year. This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds awarded in a timely manner. The project period is September 30, 2017 through September 29, 2020 (3 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the Rural Health Opioid 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
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

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

June 27, 2017

External Deadline

July 21, 2017