Special Projects of National Significance


To quickly respond to emergency needs of individuals receiving assistance under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program by supporting the development of innovative delivery models of HIV care, services, and capacity development initiatives. SPNS evaluates the effectiveness of these models, and promotes the replication of successful models. Areas of evaluation include design, implementation, utilization, costs, and health related outcomes of effective models. The SPNS Program also supports special programs to develop or enhance health information and technology data systems to enable Ryan White Program grantees and their sub awardees or providers to report and utilize clinical data.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
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
Not Applicable.
Sections 2606, 2654, 2671, and 2691 of Title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act, (42 USC 300ff-101 et. seq), as amended, by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-87).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Academic institutions, non-profit organizations including faith-based organizations, and those eligible for funding under Parts A-D authorized by Title XXVI of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act as amended by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White Program). Additionally, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territories of the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and federally recognized Indian Tribal Government are also eligible to apply for these funds.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals living with HIV disease.
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 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 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.

Award Procedure
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.
Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 4 to 6 months.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Evaluation criteria vary and are based on the grant initiative. However, evaluation criteria generally include some or all of the following: Factor 1: Adequacy of demonstrated knowledge of the local HIV service delivery system and the adequacy of the justification of need for the proposed model within the community and target population to be served by the project. Factor 2: Extent of the feasibility and clarity of the description, appropriateness, innovative quality, and potential for evaluation, replication, and dissemination of the proposed model. Factor 3: Comprehensiveness of the program plan as described in clearly stated goals, time-limited and measurable objectives for each goal, activities directly related to each objective, and a timeline that shows the schedule of activities and production of materials that corresponds to milestones stated in the objectives and program evaluation. Factor 4: Thoroughness, feasibility and appropriateness of the project's evaluation design from a methodological and statistical perspective. Factor 5: Extent to which the applicant demonstrates past involvement with disseminating information about HIV service delivery by describing dissemination activities to date (e.g., presenting and publishing findings through reports and papers, training, or technical assistance). Factor 6: Competency of the applicant organization in terms of fiscal, program management, and evaluation.
How may assistance be used?
Proposals are expected to adequately define and justify the needs, innovative nature, and evaluation methodology of the proposed model of services. Funds shall be used to create and/or evaluate innovative models of HIV care, services, capacity development initiatives, and health information and technology data systems that would likely not exist nor be evaluated without SPNS Program support, or that would extend the care model to previously underserved or uninsured populations. Funds under the SPNS Program cannot be used for: charges that are billable to third party payers (e.g., private health insurance, prepaid health plans, Medicaid, Medicare); construction of new facilities or capital improvements to existing facilities; to purchase or improve land; purchase vehicles; fundraising expenses; lobbying activities and expenses; reimbursement of pre-award costs, international travel, cash payments to intended service recipients, as opposed to various incentives to encourage participation in evaluation activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program progress reports are required. No cash reports are required. Please refer to funding opportunity and Notice of Award for any applicable program, and data reports. Grantees must submit a Federal Financial Report (FFR) or SF 245 is due within 120 days after the end of each budget period. A final Federal Financial Report must be submitted 90 days after the end of the project period. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
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.
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 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
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants will generally be awarded for up to a five year project period and 12-month budget periods; some grants may have more limited 12, 24 or 36 month project periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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.
Headquarters Office
Harold Phillips 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7-90, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-8109
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $3,694,210; FY 15 est $6,299,644; and FY 16 est $6,299,644 - Evaluation Centers. (Project Grants) FY 14 $21,305,790; FY 15 est $18,700,356; and FY 16 est $18,700,356
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grants: $80,000 to $3.2,000,000; Coop. Agreements:$300,000.
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: System Level Workforce Capacity Building for Integrating HIV Primary Care in Community Health Settings

Building a Medical Home for Multiply Diagnosed HIV positive Homeless Populations;

Enhancing Access to and Retention in Quality HIV Care for Transgender Women of Color;

Culturally Appropriate Interventions of Outreach, Access and Retention among Latino(a) Populations. Fiscal Year 2015: Diffusion of Innovations to Improve Health Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum – Dissemination and Evaluation Center

Diffusion of Innovations to Improve Health Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum

Implementation and Technical Assistance Center

Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes Along the HIV Care Continuum – Demonstration Sites and Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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