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SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $2.5 million for the HBCU Center for Excellence

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health totaling up to $2.5 million over the course of five years.

The purpose of this program is to recruit students to careers in the behavioral health field to address mental and substance use disorders, provide training that can lead to careers in the behavioral health field, and/or prepare students for obtaining advanced degrees in the behavioral health field.

SAMHSA expects to fund one grantee with up to $500,000 per year for up to five years.  The actual award amount may vary, depending on the availability of funds.

WHO CAN APPLY:  Eligible applicants are the nationally recognized HBCUs or a consortium of HBCUs with a lead college/university as the applicant.  The recipient of the award will be the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements.  For a complete list of HBCUs please visit the following website:

HOW TO APPLY:  All applicants must register with the National Institutes of Health’s electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons in order to submit an application.  This process takes up to six weeks.  If you believe you are interested in applying for this opportunity, you MUST start the registration process immediately.  Do not wait to start this process.  If your organization is not registered and you do not have an active eRA Commons PI account by the deadlines, the application will not be accepted.  Applicants must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and

APPLICATION DUE DATE:  February 12, 2018 by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time).  Applications must be received by the due date and time to be considered for review. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Applicants with questions about program issues should contact Shannon Tait at (240) 276- 1691 or or Alexia Blyther at (240) 276-2254 or

For questions on grants management issues contact Eileen Bermudez at (240) 276-1412 or

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes.

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