Advancing System Improvements for Key Issues in Women's Health


To promote program and systems innovation, policy and performance management and strategic communications that will advance improvement for key issues in women's health. Programs will use evidence-based methodologies to support model programs, inform and advance policies and educate the public and professionals. Evaluation and outcomes reporting will be integral activities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
42 U.S.C. 300u-2(a), 42 U.S.C. 300u-2(a).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit organizations must provide evidence of tax-exempt status. When projects involve the collaborative efforts of more than one organization or require the use of services or facilities not under the direct control of the applicant, written assurances of specific support or agreements must be submitted by the affected parties.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All women and girls, adults and children, including those underserved and minority populations, usually residing in the U.S., including Bone Fide territories, cities and islands.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application kits may be obtained by accessing at Applications are submitted in response to specific announcements published on Grants.Gov. All applications must be submitted using the Department of Health and Human Services forms as specified in the announcement. Each announcement provides specific additional instructions regarding the contents of the narrative description of the project, budget justification, evaluation criteria and other required information.
Award Procedure
Applications will be screened upon receipt. Those that are judged to be incomplete or arrive after the deadline will be returned without comment. Applications that fail to meet the screening criteria will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. Accepted applications will be reviewed for technical merit in accordance with HHS policies. Applications will be evaluated by a technical review panel composed of experts. Funding decisions will be made by the OWH and will take into consideration the recommendations and ratings of the review panel; program objectives and needs; stated preferences in the announcement; geographic location; and recommendations based on a pre-award site visit, if conducted. Official notice of approved application is made through the issuance of a Notice of Grant Award or a Notice of Cooperative Agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Refer to FOA. Approximately 30 - 90 days from the application deadline due date.
Not applicable.
More than 180 days. Project period ranges from 3 to 5 years. Extensions to the project period may be made if deemed appropriate by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and approved by the grants manager.
How are proposals selected?
The rating criteria and the weight attached to each criterion is included in the Federal Register announcement that requests project proposals. The criteria typically include such concerns as the significance and usefulness of the project; the appropriateness of the intervention/measurement methodology and design; the qualifications of personnel and the sponsoring organization; and the likelihood that the work plan and budget will produce the intended results.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to implement evidence-based strategies to achieve the HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) program objectives. Applicants should identify, test, evaluate and promote effective, sustainable programs, policies and strategic communications for women and girls. Funds are to support reasonable program purposes including staffing, supplies, and services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Quarterly Progress reports, yearly progress reports, and site visit reports are requirements of OWH grants and cooperative agreements.
In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, sub-grantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. In accordance with 45 CFR, Part 74.53 and 45 CFR, Part 92, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a project period. 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 shall 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are generally funded on a 12-month basis, with an overall period of performance generally 3-5 years. Support beyond the first year is contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and the availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Program Management Contact: Office on Women's Health, DHHS 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 712E Washington, DC 2020 Telephone 202-690-7650 Grants Management Contact: Office of Grants Management, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone (240) 453-8822.
Headquarters Office
Eric C. West
Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852 US
Phone: (240) 453-8822.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$6,175,415.00; FY 19 est $7,061,178.00; FY 20 est $7,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$500,000 - $2,200,000 for 1 - 3 grants; $200,000 - $300,000 for up to 5 grants
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 74 and 92. Specific program requirements are contained in the Federal Register Notice, the application instructions, and the HHS Grants Policy Statement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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