Health Equity Data Access Program


Through the HEDAP, CMS OMH provides grant funding to support three seats in the CMS Virtual Research Data Center in the Chronic Conditions Data Warehouse to provide a means for researchers to gain access to CMS restricted data for minority health research.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 As of March 2023, previous recipients of HEDAP funds have published 7 manuscripts utilizing data accessed through the funding of the program. Recipients also have requested data access extensions, using their own funding, to continue these research efforts.
Authorization for making grants to States and public and other organizations and agencies for paying part of the cost of research or demonstration projects such as those relating to the prevention and reduction of dependency, or which will aid in effecting coordination of planning between private and public welfare agencies or which will help improve the administration and effectiveness of programs carried on or assisted under the Social Security Act and programs related thereto., Title Social Security Act, Part 42 U.S.C. 1310, Section 1110, Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government., Title Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, Section 1, U.S.C. , Statute ,
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The eligible applicants are public and private institutions of higher education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All applicants must submit required forms, including the SF-424; a project narrative; project abstract; project location form; business assessment of applicant organization; key staff qualifications; letters of agreement, endorsement, or support; memoranda of understanding/agreements; and an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval plan.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. N/A
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application materials will be available at CMS requires electronic submission of applications for all Notice of Funding Opportunities through the website. Each application must include all contents of the application package, in the order indicated, and conform to the formatting specifications. Applications determined to be ineligible, incomplete, and/or nonresponsive based on the initial screening may be eliminated from further review. However, in accordance with HHS Grants Policy, the CMS, Office of Acquisition and Grants Management (OAGM), Grants Management Officer in his/her sole discretion, may continue the review process for an ineligible application if it is in the best interests of the government to meet the objectives of the program.
Award Procedure
If successful, the applicant will receive a Notice of Award (NoA) signed and dated by the CMS Grants Management Officer. The NoA is the legal document authorizing the grant and issued to the applicant as listed on the SF-424 and available to the applicant organization through the online grants management system used by CMS and recipient organizations.
April 27, 2023 to June 26, 2023 The application will be open for 60 days, from April 27, 2023 through June 26, 2023, 5:00pm ET N/A
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
June 27, 2023 through July 21, 2023
Not applicable.
Recipients must meet reporting and certification deadlines (as outlined in section F) to be eligible throughout the 36-month budget period. In addition, recipients must demonstrate satisfactory performance during the previous funding cycle(s) to ensure continued access to funding. At any time in the award cycle, recipients could receive decreased funding or their award could be terminated in accordance with 2 CFR 200.340 "Termination" if they fail to perform the requirements of the award.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be evaluated by a merit review committee of CMS employees. Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide for an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. The results of the merit review of the applications by qualified experts will be used to advise the CMS approving official. Final award decisions will be made by a CMS approving official. In making these decisions, the CMS approving official will take into consideration: recommendations of the review panel; the readiness of the applicant to conduct the work required; the scope of overall projected impact on the aims; reviews for programmatic and grants management compliance; the reasonableness of the estimated cost to the government and anticipated results; the geographic diversity of all applications; and the likelihood that the proposed project will result in the benefits expected.
How may assistance be used?
The amount of funding for each fixed amount award is for the sole purpose of obtaining support for data access in the CMS Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC), to assist researchers from institutes of higher education in gaining access to CMS restricted data for minority health research.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Recipients must briefly describe the system for property management (tangible or intangible) utilized for maintaining property records consistent with 45 CFR 75.320(d)
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
The HEDAP timeline is three years, pending the availability of funds. Individual fixed amount awards will not exceed $90,000. The period of performance is a 36-month budget period subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance by the recipient. CMS will release funding in the amount $30,000 annually. At the time of award the recipient will only have access to funds in Year 1 conditional upon any restrictions placed upon year 1 activities and costs. Funds for years 2 and 3 will remain restricted. Recipient may not incur costs or drawdown funds for year 2 and 3 until CMS issues a Notice to Award to release these funds and provides prior approval for the proposed activities/costs for the respective year. CMS will release funding in the amount $30,000 annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Nancy Chiles Shaffer
7500 Security Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21244 USA
Phone: 410-786-4923
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $270,000.00; FY 24 est $450,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Amounts for the past and current fiscal years has been $270,000, supporting three awardees for three years each at $30,000/year/awardee.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 1. Disparities in surgical care among racial and ethnic minorities in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). 2. Disparities in rates of surgical intervention among racial and ethnic minorities in Medicare. 3. Trends in mental health care use in Medicare from 2009 to 2014 by gender minority and disability status.
Fiscal Year 2023 The relationship between health disparities and improving the quality of care, increasing access to care, estimating the economic burden/financial costs of disparities, evaluating the effects of health care delivery system and payment model reforms, exploring disparity sensitive conditions or diseases and strengthening population health.
Fiscal Year 2024 The relationship between health disparities and improving the quality of care, increasing access to care, estimating the economic burden/financial costs of disparities, evaluating the effects of health care delivery system and payment model reforms, exploring disparity sensitive conditions or diseases and strengthening population health.


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