HRSA's Division of Transplantation (DoT) uses various grants and cooperative agreements to fund worthwhile projects to support HRSA’s statutory mandate to increase awareness about the need for organ donation and to increase the number of registered donors.
The Division of Transplantation funds separate and distinct grant programs to help meet its goals. One of the current grant programs focuses on interventions to increase the number of registered donors in an overall effort to reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organs. Another program supports a center, which provides travel and related expenses for living donors who otherwise could not afford to travel to recipients’ transplant programs. While the focus of each grant program is different, all share the same ultimate goal of increasing the number of organs available for transplants.
HRSA makes funded research reports publicly available in order to assist individuals aspiring to implement promising public outreach campaigns. The reports can also be used as a tool to implement, evaluate, and/or conduct rigorous research studies on public outreach campaigns designed to promote organ and tissue donation.
HRSA also makes research e-bulletins available. These e-bulletins share results of organ donation and transplantation research projects funded by DoT. Each bulletin focuses on two or three projects with similar topics or audiences, and describes strategies that were most effective for increasing donor registrations.