Bio-Preparedness Collaboratory


This program supports the development of a comprehensive, statewide system to strengthen the Nation?s ability to identify and respond to biological threats and other health and safety hazards and to foster an environment of collaboration among organizations with a role in health protection. This program works toward a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the National Preparedness Goal. The system will allow the Nation to track the progress of our ability to build and improve the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Health Affairs, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 - Expanded geography (to at least 10 new jurisdictions) toward national health picture - Increased data sources (to include EMS and others related to human health but also within the food, animal, and environment domains) - Increased user base (to include user groups in each jurisdiction) with user recruitment, acceptance, and retention strategy - Improved analytics (to include algorithms run in near real-time, analytics that consider multiple data sets, inclusion of successful COTS products, and custom analytics that run on user queries) - Implementation of business plan (to include establish steering committee and transition outside the university or merger with commercial entity) - Enhance analytics to include machine learning classification development and natural language processing to improve accuracy of syndrome query results. - Transition system to HTML5 to become more mobile and user friendly. - Development of a draft business plan based on market research.
Fiscal Year 2017 - Expanded geography to include data acquisition from at least two (2) additional locations with Data Use Agreements (DUAs) in place for at least five (5) additional jurisdictions. - Decreased system data acquisition delays from 5% within 1 hour and 15% within 24 hours of an EMS call to 20% and 52 %, respectively. Increased the proportion of US population covered from 14% to 21%. Developed advanced analytic algorithms or approaches to alerting on a specific use-case meaningful to the existing NCBP user community including Opioid Overdoses and Motor Vehicle Crashes. Transitions to Amazon Web Services hosting platform to improve and maintain operations of a stable, secure, and HIPPA-compliant system and met standards to protect other sensitive type of information.
Fiscal Year 2018 Key program accomplishments for the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCBP) for the most recent period of performance are oriented around expanding the user base and data coverage. Users who find value in the system continue to supply data, thus expanding the data coverage. Direct measurement of this is through data coverage. As of the end of the period, EMS data coverage approached 40 percent of the country's population, including 23 full states and parts of additional states as well. Although EMS continues to be the foundational layer, additional data streams from motor vehicle crash and trauma are now active for some data owners. The user base continues to grow. Over 150 organizations are represented, including approximately 500 registered users and 150 active users. Users are drawn to NCBP through system features, and this leads to data owner agreements. New dashboards for opioids, resuscitation, and "time-sensitive syndromes" (ability to see time/day of week patterns) have all been released. A facility status dashboard, with real-time estimation of facility status, has been developed. Email custom alerts are in response to user requests for that capability. Numerous syndromes have been added to the portfolio, ranging from events of local interest (e.g. falls) to those of national significance. The system continues to demonstrate exceptional reliability and performance, with 99.96% availability, over 500 simultaneous user capacity, and geospatial latency of roughly three seconds.
Section 102(b)(2) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended; Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010, Title III, Public Law 111-83, Statute 2157,
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.
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 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Not applicable.
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 non-financial 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
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 grantee's 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.
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
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Refer to program guidance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
LCDR Reajul Mojumder, Project Officer
Bio-Preparedness Collaboratory, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction
Washington, DC 20528 US
Phone: 2022542433
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$850,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
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.


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