Laboratory Training, Evaluation, and Quality Assurance Programs


To improve the quality of laboratory testing practices relevant to clinical and public health settings and to determine standardized approaches to quality assurance in pathology and laboratory medicine that can be applied in multiple, diverse settings (e.g. community hospitals, academic medical centers, and independent laboratories) that demonstrate measurable and sustainable improvements over time.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Health Service Act, Section 317(k)(2), 13272, Section 317(k)(2), 42 U.S.C. 247b(k)(2)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications may be submitted by public and private nonprofit organizations and by governments and their agencies, such as: Public nonprofit organizations, private nonprofit organizations, universities, colleges, research institutions, hospitals, community and faith based organizations, State and local governments or their Bona Fide Agents (this includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Applicants must have experience in the administration and evaluation of standardized quality assurance programs in multiple, diverse laboratory sites (including community hospitals and academic medical centers). This experience is required for an applicant to be able to assess the effectiveness of these quality assurance programs and to determine best practices.
Title 2 of the United States Code section 1611 states that an organization described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal funds constituting an award, grant, or loan. For all other nonprofit grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR 74, Subpart Q.
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. Application forms and instructions are available on the CDC web site, at the following Internet address: 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: Telephone: (770) 488-2700. Applications must be submitted through
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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.
How may assistance be used?
Funding opportunities are made available to evaluate quality assurance methods for addressing the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic components of laboratory testing in clinical and public health laboratory settings; and to provide technical assistance and training to public health laboratory scientists and leaders on laboratory standards and quality improvement models applicable to laboratory management services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal governments officials.
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 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
Financial assistance is available for a 12-month budget period within project periods ranging from one to five years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For general questions about this announcement, contact: Technical Information Management Section, CDC Procurement and Grants Office, 2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: 770-488-2700. For program technical assistance, contact: Charlene Beach, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OPHSS, CSELS, DLS, 1600 Clifton Road, MS G25.; Atlanta, GA 30329-4027; Telephone: (404) 498-0233, Fax: (404) 498-2707, E-mail: For financial, grants management, or budget assistance, contact: Terrian Dixon, Grants Management Specialist, CDC Procurement and Grants Office, 2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2774, E-mail:
Headquarters Office
Teneva Williams
2400 Century Pkwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345 US
Phone: 4044980899
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$1,816,175.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$1,617,208.00; FY 16$1,816,175.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000 to $500,000; $250,000
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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