Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health


The goal is to fund nongovernmental organizations with demonstrated capability, expertise, resources, national reach, and track record to strengthen governmental public health system?s infrastructure and core services through provision of capacity building assistance (CBA). CBA is defined as activities that strengthen and maintain the infrastructure and resources necessary to sustain or improve system, organizational, community, or individual processes and competencies. CBA activities will focus on seven strategies: 1) health systems infrastructure; 2) leadership and workforce; 3) data and information systems; 4) communication and information technology; 5) partnerships; 6) laws, including statutes and regulations, and policies; and, 7) programs and services. In the long-term, the CBA provided will help improve public health capacities and capabilities that ensure a current, competent, and connected public health system, and enable delivery of the 10 essential services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
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.
The program is authorized under Sections 317(k)(2) and 307 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. Sections 247b(k) and 247b-6), as amended. In addition, this program is authorized under sections 311 and 1703 of Public Health Service Act [42 USC 243 and 300 u-2, as amended]., Title IV, Section 4002, Public Law -111-148, 42 U.S.C. 242-243, 247
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Organizations deemed eligible to apply must also meet responsiveness criteria as outlined in the "Additional Information on Eligibility" in CDC-RFA-OT18-1802.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries include state health departments; tribal health organizations; local health departments; the District of Columbia; U.S. Territories; and other components of the public health system. The general public will also serve as beneficiaries.
In order to meet responsiveness criteria, applicants will be required to provide the following documentation: . For the purpose of this program, a public health charge or mission is a statement of an entity's organized efforts to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they learn, live, play, and work. Evidence of a public health charge or mission should be reflected in the applicant's articles of incorporation, bylaws, or signed board resolution.
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
Phase I Review: All applications will be initially reviewed for eligibility and completeness by CDC Office of Grants Services. Complete applications will be reviewed for responsiveness by the Grans Management Officials and Program Officials. Non-responsive applications will not advance to Phase II Review. Applicants will be notified if their application does not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements. Phase II Review: An objective review panel will evaluate complete and responsive applications according to the criteria listed in the "Criteria" section of the NOFO. The applications will be compiled and reviewed according to the category for which applicants submitted their applications. Applicants will be notified electronically if the application did not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements thirty (30) days after the completion of Phase II review. Phase III Review: In addition, the following factors may affect the funding decision during Phase II Review: o Priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate national scope of work. National scope of work is defined as the mandated or approved authority to work across the 10 HHS Regions. Evidence of a national scope of work must be reflected in the applicant's articles of incorporation, bylaws, or signed board resolutions indicating approval to work on a national level. An additional 15 points will be added to the final score of applications that demonstrate national scope. o Preference will be given to avoid duplication of CBA services to the same target populations. o Preference may be given to the funding of applicants that propose to provide CBA services to target populations not served by higher ranking applicants. o Preference will be given to ensure funding of organizations that provide CBA services to target populations not duplicated in other CDC funding mechanisms. CDC will provide justification for any decision to fund outside of ranked order of scores. Final funding determinations for core-funding will be based on application scores from the objective review panels and consideration for CDC's funding preferences. Phase IV: Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans Organizations that are selected for core funding under the Phase III Review and Selection process will be eligible to submit Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans as part of a supplement to OT18-1802. Organizations will be eligible to submit proposals based on the Target Population Category and Target Population for which they were selected to provide CBA under the OT18-1802 initial competition. The supplement package detailing the CIO Project Plans and the submission process will be posted to following selection and notification of organizations that will receive care funding. The award recipients will submit stand-alone proposals in response to a range of CBA projects that represent public health disciplinary areas and cross-cutting disciplines and/or topics. CIO Project Plans may also include limited CBA to international public health constituents where there is a benefit to U.S. public health efforts or to the U.S. public health system. Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans will be reviewed for eligibility, completeness and merit. Once submitted, all Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans will be initially reviewed for eligibility and completeness by the CDC Office of Grants Services and the Partnership Support Unit. Complete applications will be reviewed for responsiveness by the Grants Management Officials and Program Officials. Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans that are deemed non-responsive will not advance to the merit review. Organizations will be notified that their applications did not meet eligibility and/or published submission requirements. Merit review of Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans will involve an objective or technical review that evaluates complete, eligible proposals using criteria aligned with the three broad sections described earlier in the NOFO: o Approach o Evaluation and Performance Measurement o Applicant's Organizational Capacity Merit reviews that require an objective review will be evaluated using the scoring criteria set forth in the OT18-1802 Supplement. In the event a technical review is more efficient for the Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans (i.e., there is one proposal submitted for a particular CIO Project Plan), the technical review will be held in place of an objective review. Final funding determinations of Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans that require an objective review will be based on proposal scores from the merit review. When a technical review is used, Work Plans in Response to CIO Project Plans will not be scored. The proposals will receive feedback and guidance regarding required revisions in place of scoring.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
More than 180 days. Renewals will require a yearly annual performance report and will be based upon availability of funds and programmatic compliance.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Project funds will be used for costs associated with providing capacity building assistance to strengthen the infrastructure of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial public health agencies and other components of the public health system. For the purposes of this program, “other components of the public health system” refers to specific professional constituencies (i.e., epidemiologists, community health nurses, health education and promotion specialists tribal health leaders, chronic disease directors, health information specialists, Medicaid/Medicare Directors, state/local public health financial officials, etc.) or key components of the public health system (i.e., community and neighborhood health centers, public health and primary care delivery systems, community and faith-based organizations, public health and accreditation boards, public health institutes, primary care residency programs, health insurance consortia, family/social services programs, maternal/child health associations, etc.). Recipients may only expend funds for reasonable program purposes, including personnel, travel, supplies (including training materials), and services, such as contractual. Applicants will be required to participate, comply, and cooperate with CDC for any reporting requirements stipulated by, or mandated for, the receipt of funding.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance Measures (including outcomes)—awardees must report on performance measures for each budget period and update measures as least annually. CDC may require more frequent reporting of performance measures. Performance measure reporting should be limited to the collection and reporting of data.
Not applicable.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the program shall be retained for a minimum of 3 years, or until completion and resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution. In all cases records must be retained until resolution of any audit questions. Property records must be retained in accordance with 45 CFR 92.42
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 the five-year project period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Caroline Sulal
1825 Century Blvd
MS V18-1
Atlanta, GA 30345 USA
Phone: 770.488.1522
Fax: 404.498.0430
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$94,421,972.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 est $120,000,000.00; FY 17 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The approximate average award ranges for the 12-month budget period are $2 million for Category A, up to $1 million for Category B and up to $500,000 for Category C. This average is based on funding provided during funding strategy 1, as outlined in CDC-RFA-OT18-1802.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations governing this program are published under 42 CFR 55b. Guidelines are available for 45 CFR 92, and also HHS Grants Policy Statement at Evaluation activities such as submission of annual reports and site visit participation will be required to ensure awardees adhere to the program guidelines and regulations. Detailed report requirements are described in CDC-RFA-OT18-1802.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.