Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology


Through this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) ONC seeks to partner with innovative organizations that can look to the future and develop leading solutions and innovations to some of these vexing problems. As such this announcement is focused on two areas of interest: (1) Expanding the scope, scale, and utility of population-level data-focused APIs; and (2) Advancing clinical knowledge at the point of care.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Part Pub. L. 115-141, Section Division H, Title II
HR 6157 - Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-245, Division B, Title II
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Public or non-profit private institutions, such as a university, college, or a faith-based or community-based organization; units of local or state government, eligible agencies of the federal government, Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (federally recognized, other than federally recognized, and tribally designated organizations).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Non-profit applicants must submit proof of non-profit status. Any of the following constitutes acceptable proof of such status: o A copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate. o A statement from a state taxing body, state attorney general, or other appropriate state official certifying that the applicant organization has a non-profit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals. o A certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes non-profit status.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The final award decision will be made by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology taking into consideration several factors such as the results of the merit review process, results of the pre-award risk assessment, compliance with programmatic and grants management requirements; the reasonableness of the estimated costs, available funding, geographical dispersion, program priorities; and the likelihood that the proposed project will result in the benefits expected. All applicants will receive a summary of the objective review panel's assessment of the application's strengths, weaknesses, and score. The recipients Authorized Representatives will receive the notice of award electronically from ONC. The Recipient accepts the award by drawing down funds. By accepting an ONC award, the recipient assumes legal, financial, administrative, and programmatic responsibility for administering the award in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, as well as applicable laws, rules, regulations, and Executive Orders governing HHS assistance awards, all of which are to be incorporated into the award by reference. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in suspension or termination of the awards and/or ONC's recovery of award funds.
July 1, 2018 to August 17, 2018
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
From 30 to 60 days.
From 90 to 120 days. Renewals may be available if the applicant is able to successfully show progress towards achieving specified goals.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed by a review panel comprised of no less than one (1) federal employee and subject matter experts (non-federal employees). Each proposal will receive a score based on strength and merit of their proposals based on the merit review criteria of Understanding of Project Purpose, Approach and Activities, Applicant Capabilities , and Budget, Level of Effort, and Justification. A detailed list of merit review criteria in these areas are detailed in the funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
For Objective 1: The goal of this focus area is for the awardee to develop a prototype and propose enhancements to existing technical specifications that would make it possible for an independent entity to securely access data on various populations of patients from a FHIR-based API. For Objective 2: The goal of this focus area is to advance clinical knowledge into the health care setting via innovative health IT tools and solutions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
records, and all other records that are required by the terms of a grant, or may reasonably be considered pertinent to a grant, for a period of three years from the date the final FFR is submitted. For awards where the FFR is submitted at the end of the competitive segment, the three-year retention period will be calculated from the date the final FFR, for the entire competitive segment, is submitted. 45 CFR Part 75.361 provides exceptions and qualifications to the three-year retention requirement. For example, if any litigation, claim, financial management review, or audit is started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken. This section also specifies the retention period for other types of grant-related records, including indirect cost proposals and property records. See 45 CFR 75.335for record retention and access requirements for contracts under grants.
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
Assistance will be available during the period of performance of the award (September 2018-2023), and 90 days after the close of the period of performance for reconciliation. Funding will be released monthly based on the completion of milestones.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Carmel Halloun
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 USA
Phone: 202-720-2919

Tracy Okubo
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 USA
Phone: 2029693627
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$2,000,000.00; FY 19 FY 20 FY 17 - (Cooperative Agreements) FY 18 FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There has been $2,00,000 allocated for FY 18 for this program. We estimate that we will award two (2) total; the award amounts will be $1,000,000 for each. The award amount will be determined upon the documentation, scope, and strength the awardee's proposal.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
o 45 CFR, Part 75-Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements For HHS Awards http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=06a0b0411d1520fae5e2799030e64ebf&node=pt45.1.75&rgn=div5 o HHS Grants Policy Statement https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/grants/grants/policies-regulations/hhsgps107.pdf
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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