Epidemiology Cooperative Agreements


The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to fund Tribes, Tribal and urban Indian organizations, and intertribal consortia to provide epidemiological support for the AI/AN population served by IHS. Tribal Epidemiological Center (TEC) activities should include, but are not limited to, enhancement of surveillance for disease conditions; research, prevention and control of disease, injury, or disability; assessment of the effectiveness of AI/AN public health programs; epidemiologic analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of surveillance data; investigation of disease outbreaks; development and implementation of epidemiologic studies; development and implementation of disease control and prevention programs; and coordination of activities with other public health authorities in the region. It is the intent of IHS to fund several TECs that will serve Tribes and urban Indian communities in all 12 IHS Administrative Areas.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Public Law 94-437, 25 U.S.C. 1621m
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
AI/AN Tribes, Tribal organizations, and eligible intertribal consortia or urban Indian organizations as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(e) may be eligible for a TEC cooperative agreement. Such entities must represent or serve a population of at least 60,000 AI/AN to be eligible as demonstrated by Tribal resolutions or the equivalent documentation from urban Indian clinic directors/Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). Applicants must describe the population of AI/ANs and Tribes that will be represented. The number of AI/ANs served must be substantiated by documentation describing IHS user populations, United States Census Bureau data, clinical catchment data, or any method that is scientifically and epidemiologically valid. An intertribal consortium or urban Indian organization is eligible to receive a cooperative agreement if it is incorporated for the primary purpose of improving AI/AN health, and represents the Tribes, AN villages, or urban Indian communities in which it is located. Resolutions from each Tribe, AN village and equivalent documentation from each urban Indian community represented must be included in the application package. Collaborations with IHS Areas, Federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State, academic institutions or other organizations are encouraged (letters of support and collaboration should be included in the application).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribe will benefit from the Tribal Epidemiology Centers. Federally-recognized Indian Tribe means any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or group or regional or village corporation as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 U.S.C. SS 1601, et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. 25 U.S.C. SS1603 (d). Tribal organization means the elected governing body of any Indian Tribe or any legally established organization of Indians which is controlled by one or more such bodies or by a board of directors elected or selected by one or more such bodies or elected by the Indian population to be served by such organization and which includes the maximum participation of Indians in all phases of its activities. 25 U.S.C. SS1603(e). Urban Indian organization means a non-profit corporate body situated in an urban center governed by an urban Indian controlled board of directors, and providing for the maximum participation of all interested Indian groups and individuals, which body is capable of legally cooperating with other public and private entities for the purpose of performing the activities. 25 U.S.C. SS1603(h).
The applicant must provide documentation of: (1) Nonprofit status; (2) tribal resolution(s); and (3) letters of support and collaboration with regional IHS, State, or university organizations. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 (nonprofit organizations), and applicable grant administration regulations 45 CFR 74 and 45 CFR 92.
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. The preferred method for receipt of applications is electronic submission through Grants.gov. However, should any technical problems arise regarding the submission, please contact Grants.gov Customer Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. The Contact Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except for Federal holidays). Waivers from the electronic process must be made at least fifteen days prior to the application deadline. To submit an application electronically, please use the http://www.Grants.gov apply site. Download a copy of the application package from the Grants.gov website, complete it offline and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov site. You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to IHS.
Award Procedure
These awards are issued under a competitive grant process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection criteria are introduction, current capacity and project objectives, approach and results and benefits, project evaluation, organization capabilities and qualifications, and budget. Consideration will be given to applicants: (1) Proposing to provide services to large regions consisting of more than a single IHS administrative area; and (2) demonstrating evidence of past and current epidemiological activities.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used to develop and conduct activities to achieve at least one epidemiology programs in each of the 12 Areas of Indian country. The recipient activities will coordinate and participate in projects, investigations, or studies of national scope; and share surveillance and other data collected. IHS activities will convene workshops/meetings; provide technical assistance and consultation; provide training; conduct site visits; and coordinate all epidemiological activities on a national basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: IHS grants are monitored by the Division of Grants Management for financial compliance and by the IHS Program Staff for programmatic compliance.
DHHS 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, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the grant in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, and transcripts. Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the end of a budget 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
Cooperative agreements will be awarded for project periods of up 5 years. Within the project period, a continuation application must be submitted via GrantSolutions.gov annually on a non- competitive basis for each year of support. Additional support is subject to availability of funds. annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Program Contact: Lisa Neel, MPH; Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E10-D, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-4305. Grants Management Contact: Mr. Robert Tarwater, Director, Division of Grants Management, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop 09E70, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-5204, Fax (301) 594-0899.
Headquarters Office
Division of Grants Management
5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop: 09E70
Rockville, MD 20857 US
Phone: 301-443-5204
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17$7,603,660.00; FY 18 est $4,466,000.00; FY 19 est $4,466,000.00; FY 16$9,546,420.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$565,475 to $1,322,125; average award $795,535.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Public Law 94-437, Section 214(a)(1), as amended by Public Law 102-573; 45 CFR 92 and 45 CFR 74; authorizes the cooperative agreement grant awards. HHS Grants Policy Statement, January 2007.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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