Funding Opportunity: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Application Deadline: July 20, 2020

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS). HRSA will award approximately 30 grants to rural consortia to reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Successful RCORP-NAS award recipients will receive up to $500,000 over a three-year period of performance to conduct a combination of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities designed to improve systems of care, family supports, and social determinants of health. While the focus of RCORP-NAS is primarily opioid use disorder (OUD), applicants may also choose to address additional substances of concern or substance use disorders (SUDs) among the target population.  The target population is pregnant women, mothers, and women of childbearing age who have a history of, or who are at risk for, SUD/OUD and their children, families, and caregivers who reside in rural areas.

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All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, are eligible to apply. Applicant organizations may be located in an urban or rural areas; however, all activities supported by the program must exclusively occur HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). At least four separately owned entities, including the applicant organization, must sign a single letter of commitment that delineates the roles, responsibilities and commitments of each consortium member.  Please reference pages 5 and 6 in the NOFO for important eligibility requirements and exceptions.

Previous recipients or consortium members of RCORP-Planning, Implementation, and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion awards are eligible, but must clearly demonstrate that there is no duplication of effort between the proposed project and any previous RCORP project. Before applying for RCORP-Planning on, applicants must register in, SAM, and DUNS. These registration processes can take up to a month to complete.

FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Tuesday, June 23 at 2:00 pm EDT. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. Please reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar. You can also contact for questions pertaining to the NOFO.

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