Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) – PS12-1211?
The purpose of CDC Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS12-1211 is to enhance the focus on the sexual health of MSM, including: increasing HIV awareness, prevention, communication, prioritization, and mobilization efforts, and improving the health of MSM living with HIV among the members and constituents of non-HIV focused organizations that serve gay, bisexual, and MSM.
How many awards will CDC offer for FOA PS12-1211?
CDC plans to award up to two (2) cooperative agreements at approximately $120,000 each. The maximum award for the two (2) cooperative agreements is a total of $240,000.
As part of my application for this FOA, can I include research ideas and activities?
No. This announcement is only for non-research activities supported by CDC. If research is proposed, the application will not be reviewed. For the definition of research, please go to: http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/integrity/docs/cdc-policy-distinguishing-public-health-research-nonresearch.pdf
What is the anticipated award date for FOA PS12-1211?
The anticipated Award Date is on or before September 30, 2012.
What is the deadline to submit my application for consideration?
Submit the application by the deadline date, June 15, 2012 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Late applications will be considered non-responsive. See "Section IV., Submission Dates and Times" for more information on deadlines.
How will I submit my application to CDC?
The CDC requires the applicant to submit the application electronically by utilizing the forms and instructions posted for this funding opportunity announcement on http://www.grants.gov.
Are there any special requirements for the FOA application process?
Yes. There are special requirements associated with this FOA. For example, all federal grant applicants are required to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). To obtain a DUNS number, go to: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or call 1-866-705-5711. Please be sure to register on http://www.grants.gov, and review the entire FOA for a list of all the special requirements.
Should I submit my application package early? How will I know my application was received successfully?
Yes you should try to submit your application at least 7 days prior to the FOA submission deadline – if possible. After the application is submitted into http://www.grants.gov, it goes through automated error checks. If errors are encountered, you will be notified by email or the system will not allow you to submit the application. If it is prior to FOA submission deadline, you will have an opportunity to correct your application and resubmit. Upon successful submission of your application, you will receive a confirmation email and a verification email.
SPECIAL NOTE: The http://www.grants.gov system will be unavailable from May 24-29, 2012. Please be sure to submit your application information early.
How will my application package be evaluated?
Eligible applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:
Understanding the epidemic (5 points)
Demonstrated reach, experience, and influence (35 points)
Programmatic Approach (20 points)
Organizational Resources (30 points)
Staffing (10 points)
Budget and Budget Justification (reviewed but not scored)
Total: 100 points
Who should I contact for assistance with application submission difficulties?
For assistance with submission difficulties, contact: Grants.gov Contact Center Phone: 1-800-518-4726; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closed on Federal Holidays.
For the role of Project Coordinator, can this person be a new hire or an existing staff line? Additionally, should or can the Project Coordinator be the same person as the assigned staff member (from Phase II, Additional Activities, #3 in the FOA)?
Yes. The Project Coordinator and staff member can be one in the same, as long as the staff member has sufficient dedicated hours for managing the cooperative agreement.
Measurable Outcomes & Purpose: The two main activities of the cooperative agreement are focused on disseminating information via communications, education and training (Part I), and increasing the number of relevant organizations that adopt HIV as a focus (Part II); however the Executive Summary lists measurable outcomes and the Purpose lists 5 Healthy People 2020 focus areas. I understand the primary focus of the cooperative agreement is two-parted, would a successful awardee be expected to evaluate its success based on the activities or would the awardee also be expected to track MSM health and behavior?
The awardee will be expected to evaluate how successfully FOA PS12-1211 activities were implemented (e.g. disseminating communications to MSM, and increasing the number of organizations adopting HIV as a focus) – but not the tracking of MSM health and behavior.