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Building the HIV Workforce and Strengthening Engagement in Communities of Color (B-SEC)

Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, or Hospital to
Increase the Number of Minority-Serving Providers in the HIV Workforce

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) - Division of Community HIV/AIDS Programs - Office of Program Support

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07/06/21 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit entity, government agency, Tribe, academic institution, health department, hospital, or health center to increase the number of minority-serving providers in the HIV workforce. Required registrations may take up to a month to complete.

Funding under this announcement will support a cooperative agreement for a 4-year award to a single organization to address the national shortage of minority-serving providers in the HIV workforce. The award recipient will integrate topics in HIV into health-related courses and the HRSA National HIV Curriculum (NHC) into the curricula of participating, accredited, health professions programs at undergraduate MSIs. Integrating topics in HIV into the broader curriculum offers an opportunity for more students to become educated about HIV regardless of their area of study. The NHC will be tailored for the discipline and academic year of the participating students. In addition, the organization will partner with MSIs to develop and implement community engagement activities, raise awareness about the advances in HIV care and treatment, and reduce the stigma that is a barrier to care in many communities of color.

The Building the HIV Workforce and Strengthening Engagement in Communities of Color (B-SEC) pilot project will leverage the long-standing presence and trusted voice of MSIs in communities of color disproportionately affected by HIV to educate and train students in HIV, raise awareness about the advances in the care and treatment of HIV, and reduce stigma. The key components of the framework for this pilot project include:

  • Development of eligibility criteria and methodology for identifying and establishing partnerships with participating undergraduate MSIs, including the technology platform needed to host and access the NHC and staffing allocated to participate in the curriculum integration;
  • Support of technology needs and faculty training at participating undergraduate MSIs that meet the eligibility criteria established by the award recipient;
  • Integration of HIV in two areas in the participating MSI curriculum: 1) Incorporate topics in HIV in the curriculum of health-related courses; and 2) Integrate the NHC into the curriculum of accredited health professions programs at MSIs;
  • Establishment of opportunities for experiential learning for health professions students;
  • Training and orientation of partnering MSI faculty on how to integrate the NHC into their existing programs and curricula and provide ongoing technical assistance and training to partnering MSIs;
  • Collaboration with faculty leading health-related courses to integrate topics in HIV into their existing curriculum;
  • Establishment of on-campus HIV awareness activities; and
  • Establishment of an HIV Ambassador Program.

For the purpose of this notice, funding will support a single organization to pilot a 4-year project to address national shortages in the HIV workforce by integrating the NHC into the curricula of at least two participating, accredited, undergraduate MSI programs and training faculty on how to use the newly integrated curriculum. Successful applicants must demonstrate a successful history of establishing partnerships with MSIs to advance health-related educational programs and integrating course curricula into institutions of higher education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196364

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $1,400,000 to $1,900,000 per year subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Summary of Funding:
- Year 1 $1,800,000
- Year 2 $1,400,000
- Year 3 $1,800,000
- Year 4 $1,900,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: September 30, 2021 through September 29, 2025 (4 years)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities; state and local governments; academic institutions; local health departments; nonprofit hospitals and outpatient clinics; community health centers receiving support under Section 330 of the PHS Act; faith-based and community-based organizations; and Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations with or without federal recognition.

You cannot use funds under this notice for the following purposes:
1) Any charges that are billable to third-party payers (e.g., private health insurance, prepaid health plans, Medicaid, Medicare);
2) To directly provide medical or support services (e.g., HIV care, counseling, and testing) that supplant existing services;
3) Cash payments to intended recipients of RWHAP services;
4) Purchase, construction of new facilities, or capital improvements to existing facilities;
5) Purchase or improvement to land;
6) Purchase vehicles;
7) Fundraising expenses;
8) Lobbying activities and expenses;
9) Reimbursement of pre-award costs; and/or
10) International travel and/or international HIV/AIDS activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA strongly encourages all applicants to participate in a webinar for this funding opportunity to ensure the successful submission of the application. The purpose of the webinar is to assist potential applicants in preparing applications that address the requirements of the NOFO.

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:


Day and Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Call-In Number: +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)
+1 646 828 7666 US (New York)
+1 669 216 1590 US (San Jose)
+1 551 285 1373 US
833 568 8864 US Toll-free

Meeting ID: 160 785 4135
Passcode: c6wu1wPJ

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is July 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Currently, the registration process requires information in three separate systems:
- Dun and Bradstreet (
- System for Award Management (SAM) (
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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

Nancy C. Gaines
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-5382

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:

Sherrillyn Crooks, PA-C
Lead Senior Public Health Analyst
Office of Program Support
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-7662

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