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Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

  • Program Name:Graduate Psychology Education Programs
  • Activity Code:D40
  • Application Available:12/12/2012
  • Application Deadline:2/11/2013
  • Created By:Weiss, Joan
  • Created On:4/4/2012
  • Last Updated by:User, Administrator
  • Last Updated On:1/30/2015
  • Estimated Project Start Date:7/1/2013

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Modification published on 01/30/2015
Modified on 12/13 to include TA Call Times

Modification published on 01/30/2015
Deadline extended only for those applicants with a previously approved waiver from HRSA's Division of Grants Policy.


 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-13-199
Announcement Code GPE
CFDA Number 93.191
Provisional No
Activity Code D40
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2013


This announcement solicits applications for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program. This program supports doctoral-level psychology education and training programs to prepare psychologists to address the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and underserved populations.  For the purposes of this funding announcement, vulnerable and underserved populations include, but are not limited to, those populations in rural areas, children and adolescents, the elderly, victims of abuse, the chronically ill, disabled, returning war veterans, military personnel and their families, and tribal populations.  The program will foster an integrated and interprofessional approach to addressing access to behavioral health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.  Section 791 of the PHS Act authorizes a Medically Underserved Community (MUC) Funding Preference for this program.  To receive the MUC funding preference, eligible applicants must specifically request the funding preference in Attachment 7, meet the MUC preference requirements, and rank above the 20th percentile of applications recommended for approval, as described in section V.2 of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA). The GPE Program supports American Psychology Association (APA) accredited: 1) graduate training schools and programs targeting doctoral psychology students interested in clinical practice with vulnerable and underserved populations, and 2) state and local governments, public or private nonprofit entities with pre-degree internships for students enrolled in a doctoral psychology program to advance their preparation in a more defined area of clinical and interprofessional practice.  The changing health care landscape necessitates that educational curriculum and practice competencies be much more closely aligned.  The student/trainee should experience a seamless transition in their application of theory and knowledge to their clinical work.  Schools and programs must begin to develop and demonstrate dialogues with practice settings and vice versa.  Academia must consult with and utilize the expertise of the pre-degree internships in their curriculum development and instructional design.  Pre-degree internships must demonstrate how trainees are applying new paradigms and concepts through practice in their internship experiences.  As authorized by Section 750(a) of PHS Act, GPE-funded programs must be implemented in collaboration with two or more medical or behavioral health disciplines. The GPE Program includes specific program purposes developed in order to address identified needs in clinical practice in behavioral health care for the vulnerable and underserved.  These specific purposes are: 1) education and training program content and design, and 2) experiential learning for psychology students in pre-degree internships.  Funding is available for APA-accredited psychology schools and programs that provide didactic training to doctoral students interested in working with vulnerable and underserved populations, and state and local governments, or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities that support pre-degree internship training in clinical psychology practice.  For a more systematic progression of didactic education to clinical training, the GPE program funds the distinction and integration of these two facets in the training continuum.  All proposed projects must address one of the program purposes listed below: 1)      Education and Training Program Content and Design (Psychology Schools and Programs): The GPE program supports the implementation of projects that propose to address the behavioral health needs of the vulnerable and underserved by improving the knowledge, skills, competencies, and outcomes of the behavioral health professions workforce through didactic training.  The focus of the didactic training can be on clinical practice including the integration of behavioral health, primary care, prevention and public health competencies.  Proposed projects should include interprofessional approaches to education and training.  Funds can be used for faculty development, curriculum and instructional design, program content enhancement, and program infrastructure development.  Schools and programs must consult with and utilize the expertise of the pre-degree internships in their curriculum development and instructional design. 2)      Experiential Learning for Psychology Students and Graduates (Pre-degree internships): In addition to applications addressing education and training program content purposes, applications are sought for innovative program development and interprofessional training with psychology interns.  Applications should strive to increase the number of doctoral psychologists receiving training experiences through the development of innovative approaches in either establishing new programs or expanding existing pre-degree internship programs.  In addition to the integration of behavioral health care into primary care and public health and the focus on vulnerable and underserved populations, applications should address innovative approaches to interprofessional practice.  Funding for state and local governments or other appropriate public or private nonprofit entities can be used to support students in the pre-degree internship as well as to support supervision and training of these students.  Pre-degree internship applications must demonstrate how trainees will apply new paradigms and concepts through practice in their internship experiences.  The specific objectives of this program are to: 1)      Increase the number of graduating psychologists per academic year with a doctoral degree who have had educational training and internship experiences in behavioral health with vulnerable and underserved populations; 2)      Develop and implement interprofessional training in behavioral health with vulnerable and underserved communities; 3)      Emphasize the integration of behavioral health, primary care, and public health into clinical practice; 4)      Provide experiential training for doctoral level psychology students during the existing or expanded pre-degree internship.  This includes increasing the number of internship slots; and 5)      Increase the number of psychologists with a doctoral degree who work in organizations that serve the vulnerable and underserved via clinical practice.

 Legislative Information

Title VII, Sections 750 and 755 (b)(1)(J) of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 294 and 42 USC 294e(b)(1)(J))

 Application Information

Application Available 12/12/2012
Application Deadline 02/11/2013
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 04/09/2013
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New; Continuation & Supplement
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date 08/01/2013
Estimated Project Period August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2016.
Estimated Project Start Date 07/01/2013
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2016
Estimated Amount of this Competition $3,946,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 20
Estimated Average Size of Awards $0.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement No

 Contact Information

Name Cynthia Harne
Phone Number 3014438998

 Download Information

Expand FOA (Guidance) Attachment (Minimum 0) (Maximum 1)
Document Name Size Date Attached Description
HRSA-13-199 Final 12-13.pdf 367 kB 12/13/2012
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