Strengthening the Technical Advancement & Readiness of Public Health via Health Information Exchange Program


This program provides an opportunity to strengthen and expand the ability of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) to support public health agencies in communities and states. There is a clear need for new data and new approaches for public health programs, including approaches made possible by modern computing. For example, case investigation and contact tracing can be augmented by new data and new approaches to better identify the sources of a disease and help prevent additional outbreaks.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The National Coordinator For Health Information Technology (Onc), Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The funding opportunity is a limited competition. It is limited to U.S.-based HIE entities. This includes non-profit public or for-profit HIE entities. However, recipients are not able to make a profit on activities funded by the cooperative agreement per federal requirements. Applicants must provide an attestation that the applicant is a Health Information Exchange or Health Information Network as defined in 45 CFR171.102. Entities may enter into multi-organizational and/or regional agreements to apply to this NOFO. However, one singular entity must be the applicant; act as the responsible agent; submit the application on behalf of all entities involvedpartners, who must provide written documentation affirming the applicant's role as their agent; and maintain accountability for the proper use of federal funds. ONC hopes to distribute funding throughout the country. ONC does not intend to award duplicative service areas.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Non Profit Entities must submit proof of their non profit status. Any applicant including indirect costs in their budget, must provide an approved indirect cost rate agreement. State allocations plans will not be considered.
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
Awarding agency will issue the NOFO for up to a 30-day window. At the end of the application period, the awarding agency will review all applications. 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). Recipients will be provided with the terms and conditions of their award, and will commence working with the awarding agency to implement their pilot. 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days.
Not applicable.
Recipients may be eligible for a no cost extension at the end of the period of performance if the Awarding agency deems it necessary. Program evaluation will be on going to determine if this is necessary.
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 and Potential for Impact, Technical Approach, Work Plan, and Activities Applicant Capabilities Collaboration, Partnerships, and Sub-recipient Management (Sub-recipients) Budget Narrative and Justification Sustainability and Knowledge Dissemination A detailed list of merit review criteria in these areas will be detailed in the notice of funding opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
Health information exchange infrastructure Public health agencies Please refer to the notice of funding opportunity for how these funds can be utilized.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Awardees will be required to submit written semi-annual programmatic progress reports describing achievements and plans toward meeting specified goals, as well as a final financial and reconciliation report of award expenditures as part of the program close-out. The ONC Project Officer may conduct regular performance monitoring through phone calls and site visits as deemed necessary.
Not applicable.
Recipients will be required to maintain all award related documents, including but not limited to project plans, procedures and results, expenditures, and contracts and agreements (proprietary information may be redacted). All cooperative agreement-related records, including cooperative agreement-related accreditations, are required to be maintained for no less than 3-years following the submission of their final reports.
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
These funds will be available for a 24 month period of performance. All expenditures must be made during the period of performance. Funding will be available up to 90 days after the expiration of the period of performance for final award reconciliation. A set amount of funds will be released upon the approval of recipients budget. Additional funds will be released upon the successful completion of program objectives as agreed up after award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Carmel Halloun 330 C Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20201
Headquarters Office
Carmel Halloun
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 USA
Phone: 2027202919
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$5,076,981.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 est $2,500,000.00; FY 21 Estimate Not Available - Funds obligated between FY19 and FY20 amount to $5,076,981
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Anticipated amount of each award is approximately $0 -$500,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 45 CFR 75, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for HHS Awards
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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