National Syndromic Surveillance Program Community of Practice (NSSP CoP)

 

The purpose of the FOA is to fund an organization with extensive experience developing and supporting syndromic surveillance practice to develop, implement and maintain a community of practice for CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.852
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Public Health Service Act , Title 42, Section 243, 247b(k)(2).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Organizations with more than a decade of experience in advancing the science and practice of syndromic surveillance and managing a distributed community of practice.
Beneficiary Eligibility
and States, political subdivisions of States, local health authorities, and individuals or organizations with specialized health interests will benefit. Colleges, universities, private non-profit and public nonprofit domestic organizations, research institutions, faith-based organizations, and managed care organizations for some specific programs such as Diabetes.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. n/a
Award Procedure
After review and approval, a notice of award is prepared and processed, along with appropriate notification to the public, initial award provides funds for first budget period (usually 12 months) and Notice of Award indicates support recommended for the remainder of project period, allocation of Federal funds by budget categories, and special conditions, if any. However, applicants are encouraged to call CDC for programmatic technical assistance prior to the development and submission of their assistance application.
Deadlines
Dec 15, 2015: estimated award.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
> 180 Days.
How are proposals selected?
All applications will be reviewed initially for completeness by CDC PGO staff and will be reviewed jointly for eligibility by the CDC NCCDPHP and PGO. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not advance to Phase II review. Applicants will be notified that their applications did not meet eligibility or published submission requirements. A review panel will evaluate complete, eligible applications in accordance with the “Criteria” section of the FOA.

There may or may not be an additional review which will be provided in the FOA. Not more than thirty days after the Phase II review is completed, applicants will be notified electronically if their application does not meet eligibility or published submission requirements.
How may assistance be used?
Syndromic surveillance emphasizes the use of near ‘real-time’ pre-diagnostic data, and statistical tools to detect and characterize unusual activity for further public health investigation or response. In 2015, CDC issued CDC-RFA-OE15-1502: The National Syndromic Surveillance Program: Enhancing Syndromic Surveillance Capacity and Practice to fund about 25 health departments to elevate and strengthen the overall science and practice of syndromic surveillance. The purpose of NSSP is to strengthen the practice of syndromic surveillance at local and state public health agencies and to support the use of syndromic surveillance data for regional and national situation awareness. The purpose of this new FOA is to fund an organization to support the development, implementation, promotion, and ongoing maintenance of the NSSP Community of Practice (NSSP CoP). The purpose of the NSSP CoP is to promote the use and practice of syndromic surveillance among a broad range of public health practitioners and stakeholders interested in sharing knowledge to advance and improve syndromic surveillance use and practices. The NSSP CoP will focus on providing a peer-to-peer collaborative environment to foster and facilitate knowledge sharing and collaboration. Working together through the NSSP CoP will allow CDC to leverage the talents of a broad range of public health practitioners and stakeholders to enhance the nation’s electronic surveillance capacity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for a minimum of 3 years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until completion or resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. Property records must be retained in accordance with PHS Grants Policy Statement requirements. No cash reports are required. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for a minimum of 3 years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until completion or resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. Property records must be retained in accordance with PHS Grants Policy Statement requirements. Federal Financial Reporting (FFR) (required)
The annual FFR form (SF-425) is required and must be submitted through eRA Commons 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the budget period ends. The report must include only those funds authorized and disbursed during the timeframe covered by the report. The final FFR must indicate the exact balance of unobligated funds, and may not reflect any unliquidated obligations. There must be no discrepancies between the final FFR expenditure data and the Payment Management System’s (PMS) cash transaction data. Failure to submit the required information by the due date may adversely affect the future funding of the project. If the information cannot be provided by the due date, awardees are required to submit a letter of explanation to PGO and include the date by which the Grants Officer will receive information
Final Performance and Financial Report (required)
This report is due 90 days after the end of the project period. CDC programs must indicate that this report should not exceed 40 pages. This report covers the entire project period and can include information previously reported in APRs. At a minimum, this report must include the following:
•Performance Measures – Awardees must report final performance data for all process and outcome performance measures.
•Evaluation Results – Awardees must report final evaluation results for the project period for any evaluations conducted.
•Impact/Results/Success Stories – Awardees must use their performance measure results and their evaluation findings to describe the effects or results of the work completed over the project period, and can include some success stories.
•Additional forms as described in the Notice of Award (e.g., Equipment Inventory Report, Final Invention Statement). Awardee Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan (required)
With support from CDC, awardees must elaborate on their initial applicant evaluation and performance measurement plan. This plan must be no more than 20 pages; awardees must submit the plan 6 months into the award.

This plan should provide additional detail on the following:
•The frequency that evaluation and performance data are to be collected.
•How data will be reported.
•How evaluation findings will be used for continuous quality and program improvement.
•How evaluation and performance measurement will yield findings to demonstrate the value of the FOA (e.g., improved public health outcomes, effectiveness of FOA, cost-effectiveness or cost benefit).
•Dissemination channels and audiences.
•Other information requested as determined by the CDC program.

Annual Performance Report (APR) (required)
The awardee must submit the APR via www.grants.gov 120 days before the end of the budget period. This report must not exceed 45 pages excluding administrative reporting. Attachments are not allowed, but web links are allowed.
This report must include the following:
•Performance Measures: Awardees must report on performance measures for each budget period and update measures, if needed.
•Evaluation Results: Awardees must report evaluation results for the work completed to date (including findings from process or outcome evaluations).
•Work Plan: Awardees must update work plan each budget period to reflect any changes in project period outcomes, activities, timeline, etc.
•Successes
•Awardees must report progress on completing activities and progress towards achieving the project period outcomes described in the logic model and work plan.
•Awardees must describe any additional successes (e.g. identified through evaluation results or lessons learned) achieved in the past year.
•Awardees must describe success stories.
•Challenges
•Awardees must describe any challenges that hindered or might hinder their ability to complete the work plan activities and achieve the project period outcomes.
•Awardees must describe any additional challenges (e.g., identified through evaluation results or lessons learned) encountered in the past year.
•CDC Program Support to Awardees
•Awardees must describe how CDC could help them overcome challenges to complete activities in the work plan and achieving project period outcomes.
•Administrative Reporting (No page limit)
•SF-424A Budget Information-Non-Construction Programs.
•Budget Narrative – Must use the format outlined in "Content and Form of Application Submission, Budget Narrative" section.
•Indirect Cost Rate Agreement.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for a minimum of 3 years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until completion or resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. Property records must be retained in accordance with PHS Grants Policy Statement requirements.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Annually. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Project periods are for 1 – 5 years with 12-month budget periods based on individual funding opportunities.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. NA.
Headquarters Office
Marilyn Reynolds 2960 Brandywine Road
, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 Email: mpr3@cdc.gov Phone: 4044982441
Website Address
http://www.cdc.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0943-0-1-550.
Obligations
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $400,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average award depends on funding opportunity announcement.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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