Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice solicits applications for Rural Quality Improvement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement (RQITA).

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to improve quality and health outcomes in rural communities through technical assistance to beneficiaries of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) quality initiatives such as award recipients, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and other rural providers.

Technical assistance should include, but is not limited to, the following:

• Data collection and analysis;

• Improving the understanding of measure specifications, benchmarking, targetsetting and health information technology;

• Developing and implementing effective quality improvement strategies as well as adapting existing resources for a rural audience, as applicable; and,

• Tracking the outcomes of quality improvement efforts

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: March 28, 2018
  • Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.



Amount Description

Approximately $500,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one (1) recipient. 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 2018 federal appropriation. The FY 2018 President’s Budget does not request funding for this program. 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, applications can be processed, and funds awarded in a timely manner. The project period is September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2023 (5 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for RQITA 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

March 28, 2018

External Deadline

May 1, 2018