HRSA funding opportunity announced

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the source of multiple grants that support care to underserved populations and promote innovative and effective health care service delivery.  One of its recently announced funding opportunities, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program, has $9.2 million in available funding and anticipates awarding up to 50-60 grants specific to dentistry. 

This award aims to improve access to HIV oral health services for low-income, underinsured, and underserved people living with HIV (PLWH) and to support related education and training for the delivery of dental care to PLWH. Eligible applicants include accredited dental schools and other accredited dental education programs such as dental hygiene programs or those sponsored by a school of dentistry, a hospital, or a public or private institution that offers postdoctoral training in the specialties of dentistry, advanced education in general dentistry, or a dental general practice residency.

The deadline to apply for this grant is March 22 and awards will be announced by July 1. For a description of the grant, more details on eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit grants.gov.

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