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Administrative-Related Questions for PS13-1308

Q1: When was the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) released?
A1: The PS13-1308 release was on February 1, 2013, on the www.grants.gov Web site. Funding began on August 1, 2013.

Q2: What is the purpose of the PS13-1308 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?
A2: The primary purpose of this funding is to build the capacity of districts and schools to effectively contribute to the reduction of HIV infection and other STD among adolescents; the reduction of disparities in HIV infection and other STD experienced by specific adolescent sub-populations; and the conducting of school-based surveillance through Youth Risk Behavior Survey and School Health Profiles implementation. Program activities are expected to reinforce efforts to reduce teen pregnancy rates, due to the shared risk factors for, and intervention activities to address, HIV infection, other STD, and teen pregnancy.

Q3: What strategies are contained within the FOA?
A3: Information on the specific strategies contained within the FOA can be found in Section iii Program Strategy (pages 9-16) of the FOA.

Q4: How much funding will be available?
A4: The amount of available funds depends on appropriations from Congress. Under the new FOA, $13,000,000 will be available in year 1 and approximately $17,000,000 for years 2-5. The individual awards for this announcement range from $7,000 to $225,000 for year 1 (subject to the availability of funds). For a more detailed response of anticipated amount per funded partner, please see Section B. Award Information (page 28).

Q5: I am not sure what you mean by several terms used in PS13-1308 and when discussing the FOA. Is a resource available for defining terms?
A5: Glossaries are available within the FOA (see Section H. Glossary, pages 56-67), as well as on the CDC/PGO Web site. Please access www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grants/glossary.shtm for more information. In addition, a list of commonly used acronyms is provided on pages ii-iii.

Q6: If more funding becomes available, what will be the process for awarding funds?
A6: The first approach will be to adhere to the teir level funding 60%, 30%, 10% award structure. DASH will then assess the approved, but not funded, list to inform the decision-making process. After 1 year, potential grantees will need to re-compete for funds.

Q7: Is it permissible to have interagency agreements?
A7: Yes.

Q8: Can surveillance funds be used to conduct a middle school YRBS?
A8: Yes.

Q9: Can surveillance funds be used for salary?
A9: Yes.

Q10: Are sites required to work only in the state in which they are funded?
A10: Yes. Funded education agencies are required to work only within their funded state or local jurisdiction.

Q11: Can Strategy 2 funds be used for Strategy 1 activities?
A11: Yes. Strategy 2 funds can support Strategy 1 activities and staffing, however, Strategy 1 funds cannot be used for Strategy 2 activities/staffing or travel.

Q12: Can states contract funds to other entities or pass through funds?
A12: Please refer to PGO as outlined on page 55 of the FOA for any questions related to pass-through of funds.

Q13: In the scoring criteria of the FOA, it states, “Successful applicants will provide a minimum of 1.0 FTE for this position.” Does this mean that one staff person at 100% is required or that multiple staff people can be combined with a minimum total of 1.0 FTE?
Q13: DASH would prefer one 100% FTE on the project. Funded partners may negotiate one person be 80-90% and another person to make up the 10-20% for a full 100% FTE.

Q14: For staffing, would CDC be open to a staffing model that puts someone at 50-50 between SEA and LEA work?
A14: The FOA only supports this staffing model for Strategy 1.

Q15: Is there support for staffing beyond 100%?
A15: It is permissible for funded partners to propose more than 1 FTE that will work on the outlined activities that extend beyond the minimum 100% requirement.

Q16: What is the funding level for the YRBS for the first year?
A16: The funding level for Strategy 1 surveillance activities (YRBS and Profiles) is $60,000. It is estimated that $45,000 will support YRBS and $15,000 will support Profiles.

Q17: Can funding be spent to purchase food?
A17: No. Federal funds cannot be used to purchase food for meetings or conferences as part of this cooperative agreement.

Q18: Can substantial funds be allocated to support implementation of annual conferences?
A18: No. Funds cannot be used to support annual conferences. DASH will negotiate funding allocations towards state and district-wide conferences that align with the expectations of the FOA and the activities planned with selected priority districts and schools.

 

 
 
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