The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has issued a funding opportunity announcement for the Health Careers Opportunity Program Skills Training and Health Workforce Development of Paraprofessionals (HCOP). The purpose of this program is to train and expand the health paraprofessional workforce, particularly in rural and underserved areas. HCOP provides grants to eligible accredited health professional schools and public and private nonprofit health or education entities in order to support economically and educationally disadvantaged students who are seeking to obtain formal training through such certificate programs as: care coordinator, community health worker, dental assistant, home health aide, medical assistant, patient navigator, outreach worker, promotora, or other associated field. Eligible applicants include accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, public health, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, pharmacy, allied health, chiropractic, podiatric medicine, public and nonprofit private schools that offer graduate programs in behavioral and mental health, programs for the training of physician assistants, and other public or private nonprofit health or educational entities. HRSA anticipates supporting 10 to 15 grants with an award ceiling of $200,000 per year and a program period of 3 years. Applications are due July 16, 2014.