Standards Exploration Award


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking to fund up to four (4) pilot programs that will advance the use of interoperable standards in particular use cases. The purpose of these pilots is advance a scalable process of interoperable exchange of electronic health data using standards that will improve the delivery of how and where health care is delivered, improve patient outcomes, and reduce cost. These pilots will be administered as Cooperative Agreements so as to foster an interactive and collaborative dialogue that stimulates innovation and focuses efforts in a harmonized manner. All awardees will be expected to measure the progress of their pilots and the level of impact towards the advancement of interoperability and produce a final evaluation report that includes lessons learned.

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, 2016, Pub. L. No. 114-113, Division H, Title II
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The objective of this award is to advance a scalable process of interoperable exchange of electronic health data using standards that will improve the delivery of how and where health care is delivered, improve patient outcomes, and reduce cost. Collaborative groups of multiple stakeholders across different organizations will be considered, as well as encouraged, to support widespread interoperability.
Beneficiary Eligibility
As health care delivery impacts everyone, the beneficiary eligibility includes all of the listed groups as provided in the reference manual.
If applicants intend to apply as a collaborative group, a list of confirmed and potential participants need to be included as part of the application; letters of commitment from confirmed participants will also be required. Applicants must also be able to provide sufficient documentation that show their ability to advance the use of interoperable standards for the electronic exchange of health data in their identified use case, including but not limited to a project plan addressing the SOW from the FOA and proposed timeline, budget proposal on how they would use the award money, existing health IT infrastructure, certification of any current health IT module(s), and list of key personnel, including a CV.
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. Applicants are expected to provide a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) application that address all of the requirements as described in the FOA's statement of work (SOW). For purposes of encouraging innovation and interoperable cooperation, collaborative groups of different organizations will be considered, as well as encouraged. If this is a collaborative response, applicants should designate a primary applicant who will be the primary organization responsible for all deliverables and reports, including financial reports. A complete list of project partners (both confirmed and potential) should be included in the FOA application; if a partner is confirmed, a letter of commitment should be included.
Award Procedure
Awarding agency will issue the FOA for a 60-daywindow. At the end of the 60-day application period, the awarding agency will review all applications over a 30-day window. The award review process will include award review panels comprised of subject matter experts and at least one federal employee. The awarding agency will inform all applicants in writing the status of their application (awarded, not awarded). Applicant awardees will be provided with the terms and conditions of their award, and will commence working with the awarding agency to implement their pilot. If the awardee is a collaborative (primary applicant with subawardees), all awardees will be subject to the terms and conditions of the award; however, the primary awardee will be responsible for all deliverables and reports, including financial reports. The awarding agency will provide oversight of the awards, including but not limited to quarterly reporting. These awards will be issued as Cooperative Agreements and it is the expectation of the awarding agency that the awardees work together in carrying out the activities contemplated in the agreement.
July 8, 2016 The FOA will have an open application period of 60 days. Targeted FOA Release Date: May 9, 2016 Targeted FOA Application Close Date: July 8, 2016
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
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How are proposals selected?
Proposals will be reviewed by a review panel comprised of no less than one (1) federal employees and subject matter experts (non-federal employees). Each proposal will receive a score based on strength and merit of their proposals, their ability to meet the scope of their proposed projects and the identified outcomes and objectives, and their use case. Selection criteria will include, but not be limited to, meeting the scope of work requirements, addressing an selected priority area, selection of no less than three (3) domains, the use of standards to advance interoperability, their evaluation and measurement plan, estimated cost of their proposal, if the applicants are leveraging partnerships, and other criteria yet to be determined.
How may assistance be used?
Contracts, Subgrant
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Awardees will be required to submit quarterly progress reports, as well as a program close-out report that should include lessons learned.
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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 made available for the 12 month period of performance. The assistance will be awarded and/or released monthly.
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 US
Phone: 2027202919
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18 FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 16 FY 15 FY 17 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There has been $250,000 for FFY16-17 for this award. We estimate that we would award no more than four (4) awards total; the award amounts would be no less than $20,000 and may not exceed $75,000 per awardee. The award amount will be determined upon the scope and strength the awardee's proposal.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Part 45
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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