CSELS Partnership: Strengthening Public Health Laboratories

 

The activities under this cooperative agreement are aligned with the following Healthy People 2020 overarching objectives: Global Health, Environmental Health, Food Safety, Immunizations and Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Preparedness, Public Health Infrastructure, and Occupational Safety and Health.

The major objective is to enhance and strengthen the work and functionality of public health laboratories both domestically and abroad. The overarching goal is to improve several aspects of public health laboratories. These areas include the following: improving public health laboratory infrastructure, increasing the capacity through workforce development, promoting quality laboratory practices, expanding and improving health security, promoting and supporting informatics, and enhancing communication linkages.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.322
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Public Health Service Act, Section 317(k)(2), 42 U.S.C 247b(k)(2) as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must have experience with enhancing and strengthening the work and functionality of public health laboratories both domestically and abroad. The overarching goal is to improve several aspects of public health laboratories.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Applicants must have experience with enhancing and strengthening the work and functionality of public health laboratories both domestically and abroad. The overarching goal is to improve several aspects of public health laboratories. The nation's public is the ultimate recipient of benefits from this program.
Credentials/Documentation
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For all other nonprofit grantees, cost will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR 74 Subpart Q. For-profit organizations' costs are determined in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations, 48 CFR 31. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. A letter of intent is required for this funding opportunity agreement.

To apply for this funding opportunity use application form PHS 5161. Application forms and instructions are available on www.grants.gov and/or the CDC web site, at the following Internet address: www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/forminfo.htm. If you do not have access to the Internet, or if you have difficulty accessing the forms on-line, you may contact the CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO-TIM) staff at: 770-488-2700. Application forms can be mailed to you.

Award Procedure
Applications will be evaluated for completeness and responsiveness by the agency program and CDC Procurement and Grants Office(PGO). CDC will not review incomplete and non-responsive applications. After review and approval, a notice of grant award (NoA) will be prepared and processed, along with appropriate notification to the public. Initial award provides funds for the first budget period (usually 12 months) and the NoA will indicate support recommended for the remainder of the project period, allocation of Federal funds by budget categories, and special conditions, if any.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Cooperative agreement project periods are 1 to 5 years. Subject to availability of funds, after initial awards, projects may be renewed non-competitively contingent upon satisfactory progress by the recipient (as documented in required reports) and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be evaluated on the review criteria described in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). In general, the review and selection process of complete and responsive applications to the FOA consists of determination of the scientific and technical merit by objective or peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of program priorities and the priorities of DHHS. Refer to the FOA for additional review criteria. The budget is not scored.
How may assistance be used?
Project funds may be used for costs associated with planning, organizing, conducting, and supporting public health laboratory infrastructure programs, and for the implementation of other program elements as described in Section 050 above.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the work of public health laboratories in the U.S. and abroad. The program aims to promote quality public health laboratory practice, improve public health laboratory infrastructure, strengthen the public health laboratory system, and to develop a well-trained public health laboratory workforce in the U.S. and globally. It also aims to ensure laboratory preparedness for emerging infectious diseases or other biologic and chemical public health threats, promote technology transfer to ensure up-to-date technologies for the testing laboratory, and enhance communication linkages between state and local public health laboratories and the clinical laboratory testing community Improvement of public health laboratory infrastructure, state-of-the-art training for the nation's laboratorians to be prepared in dealing with public health threats, improving laboratory leadership capabilities, enhancing inter-laboratory communications and provide programmatic and technical support to other focus areas including policy, emergency preparedness, global health, informatics and professional development. Project funds may be used for costs associated with planning, organizing, conducting, and supporting public health laboratory infrastructure programs, and for the implementation of other program elements as described in Section 050 above. There are restrictions to the use of funds on construction.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the work of public health laboratories in the U.S. and abroad. The program aims to promote quality public health laboratory practice, improve public health laboratory infrastructure, strengthen the public health laboratory system, and to develop a well-trained public health laboratory workforce in the U.S. and globally. It also aims to ensure laboratory preparedness for emerging infectious diseases or other biologic and chemical public health threats, promote technology transfer to ensure up-to-date technologies for the testing laboratory, and enhance communication linkages between state and local public health laboratories and the clinical laboratory testing community Improvement of public health laboratory infrastructure, state-of-the-art training for the nation's laboratorians to be prepared in dealing with public health threats, improving laboratory leadership capabilities, enhancing inter-laboratory communications. This award will be used for direct assistance funding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Annual or semiannual progress reports are required. Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period. Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual or semiannual progress reports are required. Performance monitoring is applicable with substantial involvement from CDC. Quarterly expenditure projections are required, no more than 30 days after the end of each quarter. No cash reports are required. Annual or semiannual progress reports are required. Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period. Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual or semiannual progress reports are required. Performance monitoring is applicable with substantial involvement from CDC. Quarterly expenditure projections are required, no more than 30 days after the end of each quarter. Annual or semiannual progress reports are required. Financial status reports are required no later than 30 days after the end of each budget period. Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual or semiannual progress reports are required. Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period. Performance monitoring is not applicable. Quarterly expenditure reports required, no more than 30 days after the end of each quarter. CDC will provide guidance on performance reporting requirements.
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. Financial records, including documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine HHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for three years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial and personnel records including financial awards, financial status reports, interim reports and final reports must be maintained for a period of 7 years.
Records
Financial records, including documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine HHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for three years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
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
Financial assistance is provided for a 12-month budget period with project periods of up to five years subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress of the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. For program technical assistance, contact:
David Delozier, Public Health Advisor
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
MS E94, 1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
Telephone: 404-498-1148
E-mail: dgd0@cdc.gov

For financial, grants management, or budget assistance, contact:
Terrian Dixon Grants Management Specialist
Department of Health and Human Services
CDC Procurement and Grants Office
2920 Brandywine Road, MS K70
Atlanta, GA 30341
Telephone: 770-488-2774
E-Mail: thd4@cdc.gov.
Headquarters Office
Apreal M Bailey 2400 Century Center Blvd, Atlanta, Georgia 30345 Email: vfj0@cdc.gov Phone: 4044986669
Website Address
http://www.cdc.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0943-0-1-550 - Cooperative Agreement.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $27,000,000; and FY 16 est $27,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Subject to avail funds.

Approximate Average Award: $27 M
Floor Award Amount: $7M
Ceiling Award Amount: $30
Anticipated Award Date: July 1, 2015
Budget Period Length: 12 months
Project Period Length: 5 years.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR 52; basic grant administration policies of DHHS and PHS are also applicable, 45 CFR 74 and 45 CFR 92; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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