Skip to Main Content

HRSA Electronic Handbooks

Funding Cycle View


Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies

  • Program Name:Rapid Response to Requests for Data Analysis
  • Activity Code:U1G
  • Application Available:11/20/2020
  • Application Deadline:1/29/2021
  • Created By:Beach, Dawn
  • Created On:11/6/2019
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:11/20/2020
  • Estimated Project Start Date:7/1/2021

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Not Available

 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-21-029
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.155
Provisional No
Activity Code U1G
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2021


This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to assist rural communities with conducting rapid data analyses and short term issue-specific rural research studies to understand the impact of current and proposed policies and regulations as well as provide information that will improve health care in rural America. Due to the nature of rural policy analysis and formulation, rural organizations and health care providers often require timely information that is available only through specialized analysis of databases of information compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), other federal and state agencies, or private organizations. The recipient is responsible for collaborating with agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to compile and analyze data that is requested in a timely manner. The recipient will also collaborate with rural stakeholders to determine what data sets are needed. These collaborative efforts are vital because most rural groups and individuals do not have the capacity to store the data sets, the staff expertise to refine and analyze the data, nor the technology necessary to run statistical analyses. The recipient is required to staff a rapid response data analysis team capable of responding within one to two business days to an estimated one to two data analysis requests per month from rural health stakeholders. In addition to data analysis requests, the recipient must also respond to an estimated five to seven technical assistance requests per month to help rural stakeholders find and use existing research and analysis products produced under this cooperative agreement. The recipient is also expected to design and complete two short term (three to six month) issue-specific rural health services research studies per year. Findings from these analyses will be used to help inform rural health care providers and stakeholders including states, relevant professional associations, organizations focused on improving access to quality health care services in rural communities such as State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) and State Rural Health Associations (SRHAs), and the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Rapid Response Data Analysis In order to acquire the information from the data sets needed to identify trends, problems, and progress in rural health care financing and access to care in rural areas, rural stakeholders must rely on organizations that have the data storage capacity, personnel, and technology resources to provide the information to meet immediate policy needs, often in one to two days. Examples of past data analyses that increased understanding of the impact of health policies on rural communities and stakeholders are: • Calculating annual costs and revenues reported by Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and other rural hospitals; • Analyzing the number of CAH patient days that are swing bed admissions vs. acute care admissions; • Mapping travel routes and distances between rural hospitals nationwide; and • Compiling detailed data on rural hospital closures, openings, and mergers from 2005 to 2020. Each of these analyses required access to and familiarity with data sets that would have been prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of rural health care providers and organizations to analyze in a timely manner. Issue Specific Research Studies At the same time, the ever-changing nature of the rural policy environment sometimes necessitates short-term research and analysis of emerging policy issues. This work is more elaborate than rapid response needs, requiring data construction and analyses that involve more resources than the one to two day rapid response work described above. This work is expected to be completed in three to six months. Examples of past short term issue-specific rural research studies include: • 2019 Wage Index Differences and Selected Characteristics of Rural and Urban Hospitals; and • Characteristics of Communities Served by Rural Hospitals Predicted to be at High Risk of Financial Distress in 2019 These and other examples of issue-specific rural research studies funded under the Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies Program are available on the Rural Health Research Gateway (

 Application Information

Application Available 11/20/2020
Application Deadline 01/29/2021
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 03/30/2021
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
Allow Applications to be Reopened in EHBs No
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 N/A
Estimated Project Period N/A
Estimated Project Start Date 07/01/2021
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2026
Estimated Amount of this Competition $500,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 1
Estimated Average Size of Awards $0.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement Yes

 Contact Information

Name Sarah Young
Phone Number (301) 443-5905

 Download Information

Expand FOA (Guidance) Attachment (Maximum 1)
Document Name Size Date Attached Description
FINAL_FORHP HRSA-21-029 (U1G) Rapid Response.pdf 385 kB 11/20/2020
Expand Application Package (Maximum 1)
No documents attached
Expand User Guide (Maximum 1)
No documents attached

Scroll to top