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Disadvantaged Health Professions Faculty Loan Repayment (FLRP) and Minority Faculty Fellowship Program (MFFP) - (FLRP/MFF) - #93.923

FLRP - Funds will be used to repay qualifying health professions educational loans consisting of principal and interest on loans incurred by the applicant while enrolled in a school in return for serving a minimum of least 2 years as a full-time or part-time faculty member at one of the following accredited health profession schools: medicine, nursing, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, public health, or a school that offers a graduate program in clinical psychology, and certain allied health programs. MFFP - To be able to receive an MFFP grant under section 738 (b) of the Public Health Service Act, an entity should provide an assurance in the application that each fellowship awarded will include: (1) a stipend in an amount not exceeding 50 percent of the regular salary of a faculty member not to exceed 3 years of training; and (2) an allowance for other expenses such as travel to professional meetings and costs related to specialized training.

Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

FLRP - The applicant will be rated on the extent to which the individual meets the intent of the program to expand disadvantaged representation in health professions faculty positions. MFFP: Overview: The health professions school should provide information that adequately documents the need and data relative to the school's experience and ability to identify, recruit, select and train underrepresented minority faculty. In addition to teaching, acquiring administrative skills and conducting research, the fellow must also provide health care services, especially as a means of meeting community needs for reducing barriers to health care services to rural or under-served populations. The application should also include a discussion of how the development of underrepresented minority faculty, through use of the fellowship program, will enhance the participant's academic career potential and community service abilities. Review Criteria are used to review and rank applications. The Minority Faculty Fellowship Program has 6 review criteria: (1) Need: This includes the extent to which the application describes the problem (e.g. lack of Minority Faculty), and associated factors contributing to this problem. (2) Response: (a) Faculty Recruitment: This includes the extent to which the school demonstrates that it has the commitment and ability to identify, recruit, and select underrepresented minority individuals who have the potential for teaching, administration, and/or conducting research at a health professions institution; and (b) Faculty Development: This includes the extent to which the schoolÂ’s faculty training program will provide the fellow with the preparation, training, and skills needed to secure a tenured faculty position. The Faculty Development Plan should include the provision of counselors and protected time for research and faculty development. Training may include: pedagogical skills, including teaching experience; program administration; grant writing; research methods and design; and preparation of articles suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals. (3) Impact: Faculty Training in Providing Health Service - This includes the extent to which the Fellow is available to provide health services to rural or medically underserved populations. (4) Resources/Capabilities: This includes the extent to which project personnel are qualified by training and/or experience to implement and carry out projects. This includes the capabilities of the applicant organization; and the quality and availability of facilities and personnel to fulfill the needs and requirements of the proposed project. (5) Support Requested: This includes the extent to which the overall budget, including non-trainee expenses, is cost effective, reasonable, and consistent with the stated objectives and proposed activities. Expenditures are well justified and in-kind contributions are documented. (6) Evaluative Measures: This includes the methodology that will be used to monitor and evaluate the project results. Evaluative measures must be able to assess to what extent the program objectives have been met.

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