State Vital Statistics Improvement Program


To enhance the performance of the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) by convening states to aid in a) improving vital statistics data quality, timeliness and public health utility, b) increasing the competencies of the vital statistics workforce, and c) promoting accreditation of jurisdictional vital statistics programs consistent with National Center for Health Statistics goals.

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
Fiscal Year 2016 Progress was made on activities continued from Fiscal year 2015, including maintaining an updated web site of current jurisdictional practices and compliance with national standards, promoting training to improve data quality, coordinating efforts on accreditation and conducting surveys and webinars.
Fiscal Year 2017 Progress was made in promoting data quality training, coordinating efforts on accreditation, basic Registrar training and provision of technical assistance to jurisdictions.
Fiscal Year 2018 Accomplishments included provision of assistance to jurisdictions in beta testing proposed accreditation standards, training and mentoring of new registrars, and convening of jurisdictions to prioritize efforts to address vital statistics data quality.
Fiscal Year 2019 Anticipated accomplishments include provision of technical assistance and training to jurisdictions in achieving Public Health Accreditation for Vital and Health Statistics, training and mentoring of new registrars and field services/quality assurance staff, and convening of jurisdictions to advance efforts to address vital statistics data quality.
Public Health Service Act, Section 304, 306(h), 42 U.S.C. 242b, 242k
The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) is operated by the National Center for Health Statistics to fulfill its legislatively mandated mission to produce national vital statistics based on annually collected data from the nation’s birth, death and fetal death records.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any application requesting an award higher than the funded amount is considered nonresponsive and will receive no further review. In addition, application will be considered non-responsive if they do not contain a letter of support written on behalf of the 57 jurisdictions' vital statistics offices. The letter of support must include the following information or the application will be considered non-responsive: confirmation that the applicant has established relationships with all 57 jurisdiction vital statistics offices, including experience in supporting vital statistics standards and best practices and convening vital statistics offices to advance vital statistics initiatives.
Beneficiary Eligibility
An organization with demonstrated support of the 57 jurisdiction vital statistics offices. (See eligibility requirements.)
Applicants are required to provide measures of effectiveness that will demonstrate the accomplishment of the various identified objectives of the cooperative agreement. Measures must be objective and quantitative, and must measure the intended outcome. These measures of effectiveness must be submitted with the application and will be an element of evaluation.
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. To apply for this funding opportunity use application and instructions available on
Award Procedure
Successful applicant will receive a Notice of Grant Award (NGA) from the CDC Procurement and Grants Office. The NGA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC. The NGA will be signed by an authorized Grants Management Officer, and mailed to the recipient fiscal officer identified in the application.
May 22, 2017 The program has been established for 5 years, with each option depending on the availability of funding and performance of the awardee. 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. About 120 days from receipt of application.
Not applicable.
Throughout the project period, CDC's commitment to continuation of this award will be conditioned on the availability of funds, evidence of satisfactory progress by the recipient as documented in required reports, and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Restrictions, which must be taken into account while writing your budget, are as follows: approved project plan required prior to expenditure of funds; all travel will need to be identified in the approved project plan; and purchase of computer hardware and software will require prior approval before expenditure.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is accomplished through review of progress in mid-year and final reports on performance measures, regular (at least quarterly) conference calls or meetings, and emails/telephone conversations with the staff.
In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Financial records, support documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for a minimum of three years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until completion or resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution.
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 for a 12-month budget period within project periods ranging from one to five years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Technical Information Management Section, CDC Procurement and Grants Office, 2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2700.
Headquarters Office
Karen Knight
4024 Stirrup Creek Drive
Durham, NC 27703 US
Phone: 9195414414
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$694,450.00; FY 19 est $819,401.00; FY 20 est $694,500.00; FY 17$694,038.00; FY 16$457,902.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$694,500 per year (5-year Cooperative Agreement)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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