Grants to Increase Organ Donations

 

To support grants for the purpose of increasing public commitment to organ donation and ultimately the number of organs recovered and transplanted. To that end, the Division of Transplantation has cooperative agreements and grant programs with the following objectives:

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: The purpose of this program is to operate a national system to provide reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses, and other non-medical expenses that may be authorized by the Secretary to individuals making living donations of their organs.

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation: This program provides support for the implementation and rigorous evaluation of highly promising strategies and approaches for increasing public attitudes, practices and ultimately commitment to organ donation as well as family consent at a relative’s time of death.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation: The purpose of this program is to support the implementation of public education and outreach programs that show promise of increasing organ donation. The program also supports the implementation of public education and outreach efforts that are based on an established framework for successful public health outreach programs. This grant program is supportive of the Division’s mission to educate the public about living and deceased donation and to encourage individuals to document their decision to be a deceased donor in their statewide donor registry.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.134
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The Regents of the University of Michigan in collaboration with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons continue to operate the Program through the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC). Through the end of February 2015, the NLDAC has received 5,311 applications for reimbursement and has facilitated 2,730 living donor transplants. The median household income for recipients whose transplant was facilitated by NLDAC is $26,168. The average reimbursement to donors and companions is $2,209. The NLDAC, since its inception, has paid out $9.18 million to applicants including actual donors.

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant Program: Since launching this program in FY 1999, HRSA/DoT has supported 108 research projects totaling $87 million to test strategies for increasing organ and tissue donation or to replicate successful donation interventions. A broad spectrum of interventions to increase donation has been implemented at the national, State, and local levels by a variety of public and private organizations, ranging from large-scale national media and public education programs and statewide donor registries to community-based activities to raise awareness among various population groups. These projects have contributed to the knowledge base about important factors associated with the donation decision-making process and methods for motivating people to make the commitment to become deceased organ donors and educating the public about living donation.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Organ Donation: Since FY 2007, 24 projects totaling $13.8 million have been supported under this grant program. Grantees have implemented projects to increase organ donation registration and knowledge about living donation. These projects also have contributed to the knowledge base about important factors associated with the donation decision-making process and methods for motivating people to make the commitment to become deceased organ donors and educating the public about living donation. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Section 377 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 274f. Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation: Section 377A(b) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 274f-1(b). Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation Program: Section 377A(b) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 274f-1(b).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: As specified in Section 377 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, eligible applicants include States, transplant centers, qualified organ procurement organizations under section 371, or other public or private entities. Faith-based, community organizations and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations are eligible to apply.


Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation Grant Program: As specified in Section 377A(b) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Secretary may make peer-reviewed grants to public and nonprofit private entities for the purpose of carrying out studies and demonstration projects to increase organ donation and recovery rates, including living donation. If the applicant is an OPTN member, and if the applicant is working with a consortium that includes OPTN members, the applicant and all other OPTN members are expected to comply with the final rule governing the operation of the OPTN Section 121.11(b2). Faith-based, community organizations and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations are eligible to apply.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation: As specified in Section 377A(b) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Secretary may make peer-reviewed grants to public and nonprofit private entities for the purpose of carrying out studies and demonstration projects to increase organ donation and recovery rates, including living donation. If the applicant is an OPTN member, and if the applicant is working with a consortium that includes OPTN members, the applicant and all other OPTN members involved in the project are expected to comply with the final rule governing the operation of the OPTN Section 121.11(b2). Faith-based, community organizations and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations are eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Primary beneficiaries are low/moderate income living organ donors and recipients. All other Programs: Beneficiaries of the grant efforts are ultimately organ donor registrants, organ donors, and organ transplant recipients.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 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 eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
Award Procedure
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 200 days from application deadline.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Please refer to the Program Guidance.
How may assistance be used?
Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Funds made available through this program may not be made available to donating individuals when payment for qualified reimbursement expenses has been made, or can reasonably be expected to be made: (1) under any State compensation program, under an insurance policy, or under any Federal or State health benefits program; (2) by an entity that provides health services on a prepaid basis; or (3) by the recipient of the organ.

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation Grant Program and Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation: Funds under these announcements may not be used for the following purposes: to purchase or improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building except for minor remodeling; to make payments to recipients of services, except for reimbursement of reasonable and allowable out-of-pocket expenses associated with participation in project activities; to support: (a) biomedical and clinical research; (b) the development and/or assessment of the efficacy of new or improved clinical methods of donor management, organ recovery, or organ preservation; (c) fundamental research focused on new or improved evaluation tools and methodologies; (d) fundamental research focused on the development of new behavioral theories relevant to health attitudes, practices, and decision-making (e) interventions inconsistent with existing Federal law; (f) to implement efforts to promote living donation; (g) to conduct interventions to increase tissue donation alone; (h) to evaluate clinical outcomes of donation after cardiac death (DCD) organs; (i) to fund staff time devoted to project activities that is being supported by other sources. All Programs: Funds may not be used for activities that are reimbursable under Medicare. Funds must be used in a manner consistent with program policies developed by DoT and with the HHS Grants Policy Statement, January 1, 2007, available at the HRSA grants web site at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. No cash reports are required. Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Two progress reports are required in addition to annual financial reports. Final reports and final financial status reports are due 90 days from the end of the project period. The grantee also submits quarterly updates to HRSA on the number and characteristics of applications received and funded by the Program.

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant Program: Two semi-annual progress reports are required for all awardees in addition to annual financial reports. Final reports and final financial status reports are due 90 days from the end of the project period. Oral reports are required at project termination.


Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation: Two progress semi-annual reports are required for all awardees in addition to annual financial reports. Final reports and final financial status reports are due 90 days from the end of the project period. Oral reports are required at project termination. No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Records
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation Cooperative Agreement is awarded for a 12-month budget period over a five-year period.

Social and Behavioral Research grants are awarded for up to three 12-month budget periods.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation are awarded for up to two 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For all three programs described above grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Mesmin Germain, MBA, MPH, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W49B, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: 301-443-0053.

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant Program and Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation: Rita Maldonado, MPH, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W53C, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: 301-443-3622.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation: Rita Maldonado, MPH, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W53C, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: 301-443-3622.
Headquarters Office
Division of Transplantation, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-7577.
Website Address
http://www.hrsa.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0357-0-1-550.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $2,581,509; and FY 16 est $3,500,000 - Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation Program. (Project Grants) FY 14 $948,395; FY 15 est $723,434; and FY 16 est $0 - Public Education Efforts to Increase Organ Donation Program. (Project Grants) FY 14 $4,402,247; FY 15 est $3,759,574; and FY 16 est $5,219,651 - Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant Program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: one award up to $3,500,000

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant Program: $227,396 to $436,554; $338,634.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Organ Donation: $270,411 to $386,940; $316,131.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation Program (FY 2014 through FY 2018): HRSA awards a cooperative agreement to the Regents of the University of Michigan to continue the operations of the National Living Donor Assistance Center to provide reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses to living organ donors who meet the program eligibility guidelines. Transplant centers screen prospective donors for program eligibility requirements and submit applications and supporting documents to the program on behalf of their prospective donors.

Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation grants: In FY 2013 seven Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Solid Organ Donation grants were awarded. Two of the grants test new training on communication strategies to improve registration rates and family discussion among teens. One grant project seeks to increase registration among college students using digital media and competition. Two other projects seek to increase donor registration via existing non-donation programs, one through the voter registration process and another through a larger health education program. Finally, two others focused on increasing registration among specific minority groups, one with Hispanics and another with African Americans.

Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation program: In FY 2014 three grants were funded under the Public Education Efforts to Increase Solid Organ Donation program. The aim of one project is to replicate a campaign to increase registration among 16 – 18 year olds via direct mail; another project is conducting a multi-phased driver facility campaign to increase registration; and a third is using psychographic data to create tailored public. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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