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Overview

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) uses grants and cooperative agreements to fund research and non-research public health programs that advance the Agency’s public health mission domestically and abroad to keep Americans safe and healthy where they work, live and play. Each year, CDC awards approximately 4,200 grants and cooperative agreements. This generates approximately 11,000 actions and obligates approximately $5.0 billion in federal funds.  To learn more, please review our FY 2014 Assistance Snapshot .

This site provides information about financial assistance awards (in the form of grants and cooperative agreements) awarded by CDC.

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Potential and Existing CDC Contractors

  • Visit the Doing Business with CDC page for general information and key resources for bidding or proposing on CDC contracts. Information to support Small Businesses is also included!
  • Visit the Contracting Opportunities page for information on accessing and applying for CDC contracting opportunities
  • Visit the Resources  page for access to policies and regulations and key links related to federal contracting
Contracts definition

Contracts refer to a mutually binding legal relationship obligating the seller to furnish the supplies or services (including construction) and the buyer to pay for them. It includes all types of commitments that obligate the Government to an expenditure of appropriated funds and, except as otherwise authorized, are in writing.  [Read More]

In addition to bilateral instruments, contracts include (but are not limited to) awards and notices of awards; job orders or task letters issued under basic ordering agreements; letter contracts; orders, such as purchase orders, under which the contract becomes effective by written acceptance or performance; and bilateral contract modifications.

When the federal government issues a contract, it is agreeing to provide funds in exchange for the delivery of goods or services from the contractor. Failure to perform and achieve the promised results or product outlined in the contract can result in legal action and financial consequences.

CDC awards both contracts and grants; the differences are defined below. Check out CDC’s Grants page for more information on CDC’s grant funding. [Read Less]

Contracts vs Grants

Contracts

  • A binding agreement between a buyer and a seller to provide goods or services in return for consideration (usually monetary) to support the mission of CDC
  • Governed by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Relatively inflexible around scope of work, budget, and other changes
  • Significant emphasis placed on delivery of results, product, or performance
  • Payment based on deliverables and milestones, generally
  • Frequent reporting requirements, generally

Grants

  • A flexible instrument designed to provide money to support a public purpose
  • Governed by the terms of the grant agreement
  • Flexible around scope of work, budget, and other changes
  • Diligent efforts are used in completing research and the delivery of results
  • Payment awarded in annual lump sum, generally
  • Annual reporting requirements, generally

     

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