HRSA Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals


The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 for the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP) Professionals program.


The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to build upon existing HRSA investments to enhance community-based experiential training focused on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)1 and other Substance Use Disorders (SUD) for students preparing to become behavioral health professionals. The OWEP Professionals program will train behavioral health professionals in the provision of OUD and other SUD prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high need and high demand areas.2 Special focus is on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific concerns of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in high need and high demand areas who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.


The OWEP Professionals program is designed to foster an integrated and/or interprofessional approach to training through academic and community partnerships for increasing the number of professionals trained to transform integrated behavioral health and primary care teams as well as to effectively prevent and treat OUD and other SUD in community-based practices.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

HRSA expects approximately $39,300,000 to be available to fund approximately 29 recipients. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $1,350,000 total cumulative costs, or a ceiling amount of $450,000 per year (includes both direct and indirect/facilities and administrative costs). The budget period and period of performance are from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2022, three (3) years. Awards are fully funded at the outset for use over the period of performance.


Indirect costs under training grants to organizations other than federally recognized Native American or American Indian tribes, state, or local governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at eight (8) percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated cost agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment. Direct cost amounts for equipment, tuition and fees, and sub-awards and contracts in excess of $25,000 are excluded from the direct cost base for purposes of this calculation.

Cost Sharing is only required for doctoral-level Psychology, Psychiatry, Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychiatric Nursing Internships, where applicable, to cover any student stipend costs beyond $28,352 per geographic reimbursement requirements set by the applicable association.


Eligible applicants include the following:

  • Accredited institutions of higher education or accredited behavioral health professional training programs. These programs can include psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, social work, school social work, SUD prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling. To ensure students are prepared to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, programs must require a pre-degree clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training and a prerequisite for graduation.
  • Accredited masters or doctoral-level programs in social work.
  • American Psychology Association (APA)-accredited doctoral, internship and post-doctoral residency programs of psychology and health service psychology (including clinical psychology, counseling and school psychology) programs in practice psychology.

Submission Process

Step 1

Please email the following in a single PDF attachment to Stephanie Endy at by 5pm on April 12, 2019:

  1. A One Page project abstract, single spaced, including the following elements:
    1. Project Title;
    2. Project PI Name, Department, and School or College
    3. Discipline(s) for which you are applying;
    4. A brief overview of the project as a whole;
    5. Specific, measurable objectives that the project will accomplish;
    6. How the proposed project will be accomplished, i.e. the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of a project; and
    7. Statement indicating eligibility for funding priority and funding preference (if applicable).
  2. A HRSA formatted biosketch for the PI only, following the instructions for biosketches in the Request for Proposals.


    Step 2

    Final nominees will be notified of their selection on or by April 16, 2019.

    Step 3

    Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by April 30, 2019 at 5:00pm EST.

    Step 4

    Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by May 7, 2019 at 5:00pm EST.


    Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
    04/12/2019 04/16/2019 04/30/2019 05/07/2019 CLOSED