Bio-Preparedness Collaboratory

 

This program works toward a national bio-preparedness system with capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those biological and public health threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation. Specifically, the program works toward developing and improving the following core capabilities, at local, state, and national levels: Public Information and Warning; Screening, Search, and Detection; and Situational Assessment.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.122
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Established the agile development process and re-architected the system using open source software to become a functional system that has the ability to collect extensible data sets and offer deeper insight into an emerging health incident of national concern through data analytics and anomaly algorithms, rather than rearticulate already known and existing information.

Expanded geographic foot-print to include North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Marion County, IN

NCBP utilized an array of biosurveillance information sources and applied three types of algorithms to integrate local and State data to provide early warning and enhanced situational awareness.

Established a power-user group that includes various subject matter experts in the bio-surveillance, public health, medical, and emergency management and response fields at the federal, state, and local levels. Fiscal Year 2015: Operations & Maintenance - Operate, maintain, and improve an already functional NCBP system architecture to detect and analyze private health data for rapid warning and disseminate information to federal, State, and local stakeholders for interventional decision making.

Geographic Expansion - Expand the NCBP geographic footprint toward a national biosphere surveillance capability and enhance collaboration between federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector partners using IT systems, communications, and networks that possess the required information, information policies, and governances.

Data Set Integration - Expand NCBP to include other necessary data sets for biosphere surveillance across the spectrum of human and animal health, food, and the environment.

Analytics - Develop, improve, and validate algorithms that can detect anomalies in data sets with an associated level of confidence that there is an event of interest to various user levels including local, state, federal emerging within the data.

User Interface - Enable user interaction with data in an intuitive, comprehendible, and collaborative way that empowers user participation and is commercially viable.

Information Sharing - Rapidly, in near real-time, share information, queries, searches and observations among federal, state, and local users to support early warning, situational awareness, and interventional decision-making.

Sustainability - Develop a business sustainment model for NCBP that includes a fully operational system, providing access for government (federal, state, local, and tribal territories) and private sector users. Fiscal Year 2016: Operations & Maintenance - Operate, maintain, and improve an already functional NCBP system architecture to detect and analyze private health data for rapid warning and disseminate information to federal, State, and local stakeholders for interventional decision making.

Geographic Expansion – Further expand the NCBP geographic footprint toward a national biosphere surveillance capability and enhance collaboration between federal, State, local, tribal, and private sector partners using IT systems, communications, and networks that possess the required information, information policies, and governances.

Data Set Integration - Expand NCBP to include other necessary data sets for biosphere surveillance across the spectrum of human and animal health, food, and the environment.

Analytics – Further refine, develop, improve, and validate algorithms that can detect anomalies in data sets with an associated level of confidence that there is an event of interest to various user levels including local, state, federal emerging within the data.

Sustainability – Transition the technology out of academia and execute against a sustainable model for NCBP that includes a fully operational system, providing access for government (federal, state, local, and tribal territories) and private sector users.
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Authorization
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010, Office of Health Affairs, Title III, Public Law 111-83, 2157 Stat.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refer to the program guidance for further information.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Subject to future appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Restricted to a demonstration project that would support the development of a comprehensive, statewide system to analyze public health trends and detect incidents that may threaten homeland security. Additional information concerning uses and restrictions is contained in the program guidance document or can be obtained from the administering program office identified in this announcement. Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and award provisions. See program guidance. Please refer to the program guidance for further information. Refer to the program guidance for further information.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports. Quarterly “Progress Reports” must include the progress of each sub-grant award. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: Jan. 30, April 30, July 30, and Oct. 30. Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Records
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to program guidance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Dr. Tom McGinn, Senior Health Advisor/Project Officer 245 Murray Lane, S.W., Mail Stop 0115, Washington, District of Columbia 20528 Phone: (202) 254-5708
Website Address
http://www.dhs.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0117-0-1-453.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $2,723,294; FY 15 est $3,987,000; and FY 16 est $3,800,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
(Refer to section #140 in CFDA reference manual. OMB Circulars No. A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments and A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations, A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedure.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.