USDA WIC Telehealth Evaluation Collaborative


1. To competitively select State Agencies to implement promising and well-designed telehealth innovations that supplement the WIC nutrition education including breastfeeding support offered in the WIC clinic, while decreasing barriers to access among WIC participants. 2. To rigorously evaluate the interventions implemented by sub-grantees, including a process evaluation and cost estimate. 3. To disseminate findings to inform the WIC Program at the Federal, State, and local level, and contribute to the evidence base related to telehealth. 4. To coordinate meetings that provide meaningful opportunities for information-sharing and project coordination.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Under this program, subject to the availability of funds, the Secretary of Agriculture may award competitive grants and cooperative agreements for the support of research projects to further USDA food and nutrition assistance programs., Title Child Nutrition Act of 1966, Section Section 17(g) (5)[1]
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, specifically authorizes the allocation of $5,000,000 for telehealth competitive grants to supplement the nutrition education and breastfeeding support offered in the WIC clinic, and to decrease barriers to access to WIC services, particularly in rural communities, and other populations facing barriers to accessing support.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible entities include public and private colleges and universities and other non-profit research organizations. This Request for Application (RFA) is open to all Accredited Colleges/Universities, and Private or Public Non-profit Research Institutions or Organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
WIC participants may benefit from telehealth funded subgrant projects.
Not applicable.
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
Following the initial screening process, FNS will assemble a panel group to review and determine the technical merits of each application. The panel will evaluate the proposals based on how well they address the required application components and array the applications from highest to lowest score. The panel members will recommend applications for consideration for a grant award based on the evaluation scoring. The selecting official reserves the right to accept the panel's recommendation or to select an application for funding out of order to meet agency priorities, program balance, geographical representation, or project diversity. FNS reserves the right to use this solicitation and competition to award additional grants in the next fiscal year should additional funds be made available.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Awards are anticipated to be made before September 30, 2019.
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How are proposals selected?
FNS will pre-screen all applications to ensure the applicants are eligible entities and are in compliance with all program regulations and to ensure that they contain the required documents and information, including but not limited to the project and budget narratives and all supporting documentation. Scoring for Grant Applications 1. Overall Approach (50 points) Evaluation of a grant application's Overall Approach will be based on: Sub-Grant Competition (20 points) o Proposed focus area for sub-grant competition and justification; o Proposed administration plan for executing the competitive RFP process; Sub-Grant Evaluation (20 points) o Relevant evaluation experience, skills in designing and carrying out program evaluations, experience collaborating with program practitioners; o Proposed approach to designing evaluations of sub-grantee interventions that demonstrates familiarity with common challenges specific to WIC; o Proposed evaluation design including specification of main research questions, hypothesis, and outcome measures of interest, approach to data collection, sample size specifications and associated justification, and analysis plans. Dissemination Plan (5 points) o Proposed approach to disseminating insights and findings from funded work as well as sharing resources with the WIC Program. Timeline (5 points) o A reasonable and clearly described timeline for meeting project milestones and providing deliverables. 2. Management Plan (15 Points) Criteria by which a grant application's Management Plan will be evaluated include: o Degree to which the Management Plan articulates how the applicant will provide the oversight necessary to ensure high-quality products, services, or outcomes and to keep the funded projects on time and within budget; o Practicality of the presented project timeline and whether presented milestones and deadlines are realistic and achievable; o Whether the Management Plan demonstrates effective internal controls of funds that are provided to partners and local agencies that ensure funds are used only for project purposes, with an accounting record and audit trail; o Plan for managing personnel associated with the project and for addressing any contingencies such as loss of key personnel. 3. Staffing (20 Points) Criteria by which a grant application's staffing plan will be evaluated include: o Identification and description of the roles and responsibilities of key personnel and other partners and staff involved in the proposed project; o Documentation of key personnel's necessary and relevant education, skills, and experience for their proposed roles on the project, and evidence that staff have expertise in WIC, evaluation, and similar interventions. Documentation includes relevant publications, prior funded activities, and presentations; Resumes of
How may assistance be used?
See Objectives section above for appropriate uses of grant funds to selected awardee
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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Public access to Federal Financial Assistance records shall not be limited, except when such records must be kept confidential and would have been excepted from disclosure pursuant to the "Freedom of Information" regulation (5 U.S.C. 552).
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 is available between September 2019-September 2024. The anticipated award period runs from September 2019-September 2024. All funds must be spent by September 24, 2024. Based on financial reporting of expenses incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Karen A. Castellanos-Brown
3101 Park Center Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22302 US
Phone: 7033052732
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 est $8,500,000.00; FY 20 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In a 5 year funding cycle, the USDA anticipates awarding up to $8,500,000 in grant funding to support the creation of the WIC Telehealth Evaluation Collaborative, a WIC telehealth innovations research facility. The majority of these funds, $5,000,000, shall be awarded as sub-grants through a competitive process to WIC State Agencies for the purpose of implementing telehealth innovations that supplement the nutrition education and breastfeeding support offered in the WIC clinic.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
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