Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Ebbin Dotson, Diversity & Inclusion, School of Public Health

Program Summary

Program Summary

HCOP provides grants to eligible accredited health professions schools and public and private non-profit health or educational entities.  The program’s goal is to provide individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from health or allied health professions schools.  HCOP focuses on three key milestones of education: high school completion; acceptance, retention and graduation from college; and acceptance, retention and completion of a health professions program.  The HCOP statutory authority includes a Funding Preference for applicants that utilize a Comprehensive Approach – an organizational model involving partnerships between several public or nonprofit private health or educational entities to establish, enhance and expand educational programs that result in the development of a competitive applicant pool of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who desire to pursue health professions careers.    The purpose of this grant program is to: 1) promote the recruitment of qualified individuals (students and adult/non-traditional students, including veterans) from disadvantaged backgrounds into health and allied health professions programs; 2) improve retention and matriculation rates by implementing tailored enrichment programs designed to address the academic and social needs of disadvantaged trainees; and 3) provide opportunities for community-based health professions training, emphasizing experiences in underserved communities.  Applicants must develop and implement evidence-informed academic and social support activities and data systems that measure student improvements in grade point averages, retention and matriculation rates, standardized test scores, licensure exam scores and on-time graduation rates.  HCOP provides a variety of academic and social supports to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds through formal academic and research training, programming and student enhancement or support services.  The HCOP recipients provide counseling and mentoring services to assist students in successfully completing their education and training.  The program also exposes students to community-based health professions experiences in underserved communities.  In addition, HCOP provides student stipends and financial planning resources to students as well as information about health care careers and training.   Information related to financial planning resources may also be provided to parents/guardians of students interested in pursuing health careers.

Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health or programs for the training of physician assistants. Nursing programs will not be funded through this funding opportunity.

Application Limits

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
March 27, 2015
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
May 15, 2015

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Tony Halford at or 6-7036 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.