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In the United States of America, about 26 Federal agencies and Cabinet-level departments conduct competitions for discretionary grants. Notices of funding availability (NOFAs) and requests for proposals (RFPs) appear in the Federal Register and on the portal. In addition, they often appear on the individual agencies’ websites.


Organizations planning to seek competitive grants from a federal agency need to register with the government through the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) and to acquire a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number through Dun and Bradstreet.


This post will address federal-level entities (in the United States of America) that hold competitions for discretionary grants for health-related purposes. Later posts will address other federal-level grant-making entities.


Health-Related Grants:

The US Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) presents information on agency grant opportunities, agency grant awards, and grant management, as well as links to grants and contracting databases for other federal agencies.


Within the US DHHS, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) collects links to funding opportunities, application forms, grant-related policies, FAQs, and other topics.


At the same agency’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, potential applicants can find access to its specific funding opportunities, grant-related policies, grant awards, FAQs, and other topics.


The US DHHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers grants related to nursing and other health professions, pediatric and adolescent health, rural telemedicine, and other focal areas. Each program site provides detailed guidance and other materials for applicants.


The agency’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) furnishes information about grant awards, new and continuing grants, online grant applications, performance measures, proposal review, grants management, grant awards, application forms, and other resources for applicants and grant recipients.


And the National Institute of Health’s Office of Extramural Research (OER) posts information about its grant making process, grant-related policies, funding opportunities, forms and deadlines, among many other resources.


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