Closing the Gap Between Standards Development and Implementation


To establish a mechanism for ongoing long-term collaborative engagement with Health Level 7 International (HL7) in order to support advancements in the technical standards necessary to achieve interoperability among health IT systems, and to reach the milestones identified in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Pub. L. No. 113-235, Division G, Title II, and Title XXX, §§ 3001 (c) (2) and 3011 of the Public Health Service Act.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Sole source award to Health Level 7 International.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The beneficiaries will include all health care organizations and patients using electronic health records.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application must be entered into
Award Procedure
The Notice of Grant Award (NGA) is signed by the ONC Grants Management Officer. The successful applicants’ Authorized Representatives will receive the NGA electronically from ONC. The NGA is considered the official authorizing award document.

The NGA will include amount of funds awarded, the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement, the effective date of the award, the budget period for which support will be given, the total project period time frame, and the total approved budget.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Renewals will be available if the applicant is able to successfully show progress towards achieving specified goals.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds for this cooperative agreement can be used to provide a sub-recipient funds through a contract or subgrant. Funds under this announcement cannot be used for the following purposes: to supplant or replace current public or private funding; to supplant on-going or usual activities of any organization involved in the project; to purchase or improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building; to reimburse pre-award costs; and indirect costs should not exceed 8% of direct costs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reports will be developed by ONC staff prior to award of the funds. Federal Cash Transaction Report. Reports will be developed by ONC Project Officer prior to award of funds. Federal Cash Financial Report. Reports will be developed by the ONC Project Officer prior to award of funds.
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.
No Data Available.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The assistance is available during the period of performance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released through the Payment Management System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Matthew Rahn Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Suite 729-D, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Phone: 202-291-2132
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 Not Available(Exp: New award); FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: New award); and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: New award)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 Subparts B through D and F
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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