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.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions
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.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010, Office of Health Affairs, Title III, Public Law 111-83, 2157 Stat.
Eligibility Requirements
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.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
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
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Not Applicable.
Subject to future appropriations.
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.
Post Assistance Requirements
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.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
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.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: A.Developed a Laboratory Model of the prototype system

B.Field Test Support. This included support for the planning and execution of Field Testing with the activities below:
1)Assisted in the development of Field Test requirements with end users/data owners
2)Supported the development of the schedule and resources for User Coach/Recorder onsite engagements
3)Assisted in the preparation of the Integrated Test Plan Script
4)Assisted in the familiarization and dry run activities
5)Supported Field Test System familiarization sessions
6)Participated in feedback and final Field Test preparation
7)Supported Field Test War Game sessions
8)Assisted in the preparation of final Field Test report and Lessons Learned. Fiscal Year 2014: 1.Establish and Agile Development Process
2.Expand the Geographic Foot Print
3.Improve Signal Detection Capability and Confidence
4.Scale up user engagement participation and training for existing and new customers
5.Launch Successor Business Entity. Fiscal Year 2015: FY 15 (The following activities will be prioritized and executed to the extent possible within available funding)

1)NCBP will continue to improve its geographic footprint by expanding strategically to new states and urban areas of interest to DHS and by adding data sources and types that will increase the confidence in signals and provide a platform for interaction between local, state and Federal government users.
2)Through a disciplined product management process, NCBP will continue to improve the user interface and meet other requirements to better support the business practices of users.
3) NCBP will seek to address the problem of the lack of clinical context around BioWatch Actionable Results (BAR) by expanding to certain BioWatch jurisdictions where this operational support can be tested.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 13 $4,100,000; FY 14 est $2,000,000; and FY 15 est $0
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.
Information Contacts
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
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Not Applicable.
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