Amendment:

An amendment was made to this FOA on May 24, 2007: The application receipt date has been extended to June 1, 2007.

Amendments are noted in red font.

Billing Code: 4163-18-P

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy People and Healthy Communities through Improved Environmental Health Service Delivery

 

Announcement Type: New

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC– RFA- EH07-704

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.283

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent Deadline: April 30, 2007

Application Deadline: June 1, 2007

I. Funding Opportunity Description

Authority: Section 317 (k) (2) of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S. C. 247b(k)(2)], as amended.

Purpose:  This funding opportunity supports community efforts to improve the health and built environment of underserved populations by building effective environmental health programs and enhancing the delivery of environmental health services.   Environmental health services may be defined as programs that ensure that communities have adequate air and water quality, access to safe food and shelter, effective vector control programs; and efficient or functional waste management systems, etc.  The built environment is the space in which people live, work, and play.  A properly managed built environment fosters community health, builds social support, and provides a safe place for people to live. 

Because inadequate environmental health services can potentially contribute to health disparities, CDC is making funding available to implement interventions to address these issues.  Funded activities should seek to understand how improved environmental health service delivery can support new or existing health efforts to reduce or eliminate environmental factors that are associated with or can contribute to causes for diseases and conditions. By doing so, program activities can thus help to eliminate disparities in health outcomes that are related to environmental conditions. 

Health disparities and their potential environmental cause must have been documented through an environmental health assessment process.  A copy of the environmental health assessment or assessment methodology must be part of the application.  The applicant must state which health issue and corresponding service they plan to address; as applications may be separated, ranked and awarded by environmental health services areas.  Funded projects will serve as models to demonstrate how each supports healthy homes or healthy communities’ initiatives, and ultimately reduce disparities. 

Applicant activities associated with the interventions must be built on a framework that is based on the Essential Public Health Services, the Essential Environmental Services, Core Competencies of Effective Practice of Environmental Health, and CDC’s A National Strategy to Revitalize Environmental Public Health Services, published September 2003. (See: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/Docs/NationalStrategy2003.pdf  

 This program addresses the “Healthy People 2010” focus areas of environmental health, public health infrastructure, and education and community-based programs.

Measurable outcomes of the program will be in alignment with the following performance goals for the National Center for Environmental Health:

This announcement is only for non-research activities supported by CDC.  If research is proposed, the application will not be reviewed.  To review CDC's Guidelines for Defining Public Health Research and Public Health Non-Research, please see the CDC Web site at the following Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/regs/hrpp/researchDefinition.htm

Activities:

Awardees activities for this program are as follows:

In a cooperative agreement, CDC staff is substantially involved in the program activities, above and beyond routine grant monitoring. 

CDC activities for this program are as follows:

·        Provide technical assistance and consultation to the award recipient to refine the project plan, assessment materials, and analysis instruments.

·        Support systems-approach planning.

·        Review the use of data and information collection resources and analysis instruments.

·        Assist awardees with background information and in forming collaborative interactions.

·        Assist awardees with preparation, review and clearance of manuscripts.

·        Assist awardees in assessing effectiveness and quality of environmental health services related to awardees activities.

 

II. Award Information

Type of Award: Cooperative Agreement. 

CDC’s involvement in this program is listed in the Activities Section above.

Award Mechanism: U88

Fiscal Year Funds: 2007

Approximate Current Fiscal Year Funding: $ 1,000,000

Approximate Total Project Period Funding: $ 3,000,000 (This amount is an estimate, and is subject to availability of funds.)  This includes Direct and/or Indirect costs.

Approximate Number of Awards: up to 8

Approximate Average Award: $ 110,000 (This amount is for the first 12-month budget period, and includes both direct and indirect costs.) 

Floor of Individual Award Range: None.

Ceiling of Individual Award Range: $135,000 (This ceiling is for the first 12-month budget period.)

Anticipated Award Date: on or about August, 31, 2007

Budget Period Length: 12 months

Project Period Length: 3 years

Throughout the project period, CDC’s commitment to continuation of awards 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.

 

III. Eligibility Information

III.1. Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants that can apply for this funding opportunity are listed below:

A bona fide agent is an agency/organization identified by the state as eligible to submit an application under the state eligibility in lieu of a state application.  If applying as a bona fide agent of a state or local government, a letter from the state or local government as documentation of the status is required.  Place this documentation behind the first page of the application form.  

III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost Sharing and Match are not required.   .

III.3. Other

If a funding amount greater than the ceiling of the award range is requested, the application will be considered non-responsive and will not be entered into the review process.  The applicant will be notified that the application did not meet the submission requirements.

Special Requirements:

If the application is incomplete or non-responsive to the special requirements listed in this section, it will not be entered into the review process.  The applicant will be notified the application did not meet submission requirements.

IV. Application and Submission Information

IV.1. Address to Request Application Package

To apply for this funding opportunity use application form PHS 5161-1.

Electronic Submission:

CDC strongly encourages the applicant to submit the application electronically by utilizing the forms and instructions posted for this announcement on www.Grants.gov, the official Federal agency wide E-grant Web site.  Only applicants who apply on-line are permitted to forego paper copy submission of all application forms.

Registering your organization through www.Grants.gov is the first step in submitting applications online. Registration information is located in the “Get Registered” screen of www.Grants.gov. While application submission through www.Grants.gov is optional, we strongly encourage you to use this online tool.

Please visit www.Grants.gov at least 30 days prior to filing your application to familiarize yourself with the registration and submission processes.  The one-time registration process will take three to five days to complete. We suggest submitting electronic applications prior to the closing date so if difficulties are encountered, you can submit a hard copy of the application prior to the deadline.

Paper Submission:

Application forms and instructions are available on the CDC Web site, at the following Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/forms.htm.

If access to the Internet is not available, or if there is difficulty accessing the forms on-line, contact the CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO-TIM) staff at 770-488-2700 and the application forms can be mailed.

IV.2. Content and Form of Submission

Letter of Intent (LOI): 

Your LOI must be written in the following format:

The LOI must contain the following information:

Application:

A Project Abstract must be submitted with the application forms.  The abstract must be submitted in the following format:

The Project Abstract must contain a summary of the proposed activity suitable for dissemination to the public.  It should be a self-contained description of the project and should contain a statement of objectives and methods to be employed.  It should be informative to other persons working in the same or related fields and insofar as possible understandable to a technically literate lay reader.  This Abstract must not include any proprietary/confidential information. 

A project narrative must be submitted with the application forms.  The narrative must be submitted in the following format:

The narrative should address activities to be conducted over the entire project period:

Application content should be arranged as follows:

A.  Project Abstract

B.  Narrative:

I.  Introduction

a.       Statement of Need

b.      Organizational Structure

II. Operation Plan

a.       Description of planned activities and approach for implementation of intervention and activities

b.      Coordination and Collaborations

c.       Essential Services and Core Competencies Addressed

d.      Evaluation Plan

1.      Objectives

2.      Expected Outcomes

3.      Logic Model

4.      Indicator/ measure table

e.        Project Management

f.        Timeline

g.       Budget Justification

III. Appendices

a.       Environmental Health Assessment

b.      Letters of Support

c.       Staffing Information

1.      Curriculum Vitas/Resumes

2.      Organizational Charts

d.      Optional

e.       Optional

The budget justification will not be counted in the stated page limit.

The appendices will not be counted toward the narrative page limit. 

No more than 5 electronic attachments (as PDF files) should be uploaded per application.  The maximum number of pages for the entire submission package is 75.The agency or organization is required to have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to apply for a grant or cooperative agreement from the Federal government.  The DUNS number is a nine-digit identification number, which uniquely identifies business entities.  Obtaining a DUNS number is easy and there is no charge.  To obtain a DUNS number, access http://www.dunandbradstreet.com or call 1-866-705-5711. 

Additional requirements that may request submittal of additional documentation with the application are listed in section “VI.2.  Administrative and National Policy Requirements.”

IV.3. Submission Dates and Times

Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline Date: April 30, 2007

CDC requests that an applicant submit an LOI if the applicant intends to submit a full application for this funding opportunity.  Although the LOI is not required, not binding and does not enter into the review of the subsequent application, CDC encourages an applicant to submit an LOI.

Application Deadline Date:  June 1, 2007

Explanation of Deadlines:   Applications must be received in the CDC Procurement and Grants Office by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date. 

Applications may be submitted electronically at www.Grants.gov.  Applications completed on-line through Grants.gov are considered formally submitted when the applicant organization’s Authorizing Official electronically submits the application to www.Grants.gov .  Electronic applications will be considered as having met the deadline if the application has been submitted electronically by the applicant organization’s Authorizing Official to Grants.gov on or before the deadline date and time.

If submittal of the application is done electronically through Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov , the application will be electronically time/date stamped, which will serve as receipt of submission.  Applicants will receive an e-mail notice of receipt when HHS/CDC receives the application.

If submittal of the application is by the United States Postal Service or commercial delivery service, the applicant must ensure that the carrier will be able to guarantee delivery by the closing date and time.  The applicant will be given the opportunity to submit documentation of the carrier’s guarantee, if HHS/CDC receives the submission after the closing date due to: (1) carrier error, when the carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the closing date and time; or (2) significant weather delays or natural disasters.  If the documentation verifies a carrier problem, HHS/CDC will consider the submission as having been received by the deadline. 

If a hard copy application is submitted, HHS/CDC will not notify the applicant upon receipt of the submission.  If questions arise on the receipt of the application, the applicant should first contact the carrier.  If the applicant still has questions, contact the PGO-TIM staff at (770) 488-2700.  The applicant should wait two to three days after the submission deadline before calling.  This will allow time for submissions to be processed and logged.

This announcement is the definitive guide on LOI and application content, submission address, and deadline.  It supersedes information provided in the application instructions.  If the application submission does not meet the deadline above, it will not be eligible for review, and will be discarded by HHS/CDC.  The applicant will be notified the application did not meet the submission requirements. 

IV.4. Intergovernmental Review of Applications

Executive Order 12372 does apply to this program.

IV.5. Funding Restrictions

Restrictions, which must be taken into account while writing the budget, are as follows:

If requesting indirect costs in the budget, a copy of the indirect cost rate agreement is required.  If the indirect cost rate is a provisional rate, the agreement should be less than 12 months of age. 

The recommended guidance for completing a detailed justified budget can be found on the CDC Web site, at the following Internet address:  http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/Budget%20Guidelines%2011.03.06.doc

IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

LOI Submission Address: Submit the LOI by express mail, delivery service, fax, or e-mail to:

                        Daneen Farrow-Collier, Project Officer

CDC, NCEH

Address: 4770 Buford Highway, MS F28

Telephone Number: (770) 488-4945

Fax: (770)488-7310

E-mail address: dfarrow-collier@cdc.gov

 

Application Submission Address:

Electronic Submission:

HHS/CDC strongly encourages applicants to submit applications electronically at www.Grants.gov.  The application package can be downloaded from www.Grants.gov.  Applicants are able to complete it off-line, then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov Web site.  E-mail submissions will not be accepted.  If the applicant has technical difficulties in Grants.gov, customer service can be reached by E-mail at http://www.grants.gov/CustomerSupport or by phone at 1-800-518-4726 (1-800-518-GRANTS).  The Customer Support Center is open from 7:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. 

HHS/CDC recommends that submittal of the application to Grants.gov should be early to resolve any unanticipated difficulties prior to the deadline.  Applicants may also submit a back-up paper submission of the application.  Any such paper submission must be received in accordance with the requirements for timely submission detailed in Section IV.3. of the grant announcement. The paper submission must be clearly marked:  “BACK-UP FOR ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION.”  The paper submission must conform to all requirements for non-electronic submissions.  If both electronic and back-up paper submissions are received by the deadline, the electronic version will be considered the official submission.

The applicant must submit all application attachments using a PDF file format when submitting via Grants.gov.  Directions for creating PDF files can be found on the Grants.gov Web site.  Use of file formats other than PDF may result in the file being unreadable by staff.

OR

Paper Submission:

Applicants should submit the original and two hard copies of the application by mail or express delivery service to:

            Technical Information Management – RFA EH07-704

            Department of Health and Human Services       

CDC Procurement and Grants Office

2920 Brandywine Road

            Atlanta, GA 30341

            770/488-2700

 

V. Application Review Information

V.1. Criteria

Applicants are required to provide measures of effectiveness that will demonstrate the accomplishment of the various identified objectives of the cooperative agreement.  Measures of effectiveness must relate to the performance goals stated in the “Purpose” section of this announcement.  Measures must be objective and quantitative and must measure the intended outcome.  The measures of effectiveness must be submitted with the application and will be an element of evaluation.

 

The application will be evaluated against the following criteria:

1.      Need (25 points)

a.                   Does the applicant understand and adequately describe the public health, social and economic consequences of the inadequate environmental health service in their community based upon health and demographic indicators?

b.                  Is the underserved population described?

c.                   Are the needs based on disease burden either by age, gender and/or racial/ethnic groups, mortality rates, incidence, or social economic conditions? 

d.                  Has the environmental health issue or concern been effectively described?

e.                   To what extent does the applicant justify the need for this program within the target community?

2.      Operational Plan (25 points)

a.                   Is the narrative describing the intervention clear, succinct and concise?

b.                  How complete and comprehensive is the plan for the entire project period? 

c.                   Is the goal achievable based on the information provided?

d.                  Is the plan adequate to carry out the proposed objectives for developing and implementing the intervention(s)? 

e.                   Have sound objectives, that are consistent with the activities described in this announcement, been developed? 

f.                    How are partners involved in the conduct of the project?

g.                   Does the applicant describe specific activities and methods to achieve each objective?

h.                   Are the proposed timeline and schedules feasible? Do they include a tentative work plan for the duration of the project and a specific plan for the first year of the project?

i.                     Can the proposed activities or the project be sustained beyond the funded period?

3.      Program Evaluation (20 points)

The evaluation plan should describe useful and appropriate strategies and approaches to monitor and improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the project.

a.                   Is the goal clearly stated and achievable?

b.                  Can the process and the overall impact of the project be measured in terms of its contribution to improving the delivery of environmental health services to the underserved population?

c.                   Can health improvement be demonstrated in the underserved population?

d.                  Does the plan include quantitative and process outcome measures? 

e.                   Is there a logic model?

f.                    Is there a table of indicators or measures to demonstrate whether or not the applicant can achieve its state goal?

4.      Implementation of a Framework to Deliver Environmental Public Health Services (10 points)

a.                   Has the applicant’s operation plan incorporated components of CDC’s Strategy to Revitalize Environmental Public Health Services into developing an intervention or enhancing capacity?

b.                  Does the plan state which of the Essential Environmental health Services and Core Competencies it plans to address with this project?

5.      Coordination and Collaboration (10 points)

a.                   Has the applicant involved collaborators as a resource in the implementation of the project?

b.                  Are relationship with and participation by other health department components and governmental agencies, academia, and community-based organizations included in the operational plan?

c.                   Are those relationships evidenced by letters of support, memoranda of agreement, and other documented evidence provided? The applicants may include up to ten letters of commitment (dated within the last three months) from key partners, participants, and community leaders that detail their participation in and support of the proposed activities.

6.      Project Management and Staffing (10 points)

a.                   Do key personnel have the necessary skills, abilities, and experiences to develop, implement and carryout the project?

b.                  Does the applicant describe health department staff roles in the development and implementation of the project, their specific responsibilities, and their level of effort and time commitment?

c.                   Are there assurances that positions to be filled by the applicant’s personnel system will be filled in a reasonable time after receiving funds?

Budget and Justification (Reviewed, but not scored)] 

V.2. Review and Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed for completeness by the Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) staff and for responsiveness jointly by National Center for Environmental Health and PGO. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the eligibility criteria will not advance through the review process.  Applicants will be notified the application did not meet submission requirements.

An objective review panel will evaluate complete and responsive applications according to the criteria listed in the “V.1. Criteria” section above. 

 Applications will be funded in order by score and rank determined by the review panel.

 In addition, the following factors may affect the funding decision:

  1. Awarding at least one grantee in each of the environmental health services areas

  2. Geographical Regions

  3. Diversity among underserved populations

CDC will provide justification for any decision to fund out of rank order.

V.3. Anticipated Announcement Award Dates

August 31, 2007

 

VI. Award Administration Information

VI.1. Award Notices

Successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award (NoA) from the CDC Procurement and Grants Office.  The NoA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC.  The NoA will be signed by an authorized Grants Management Officer and emailed to the program director and a hard copy mailed to the recipient fiscal officer identified in the application.

Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification of the results of the application review by mail.

VI.2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

Successful applicants must comply with the administrative requirements outlined in 45 CFR Part 74 and Part 92, as appropriate.  The following additional requirements apply to this project:

Additional information on the requirements can be found on the CDC Web site at the following Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/Addtl_Reqmnts.htm

 For more information on the Code of Federal Regulations, see the National Archives and Records Administration at the following Internet address: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html

 VI.3. Reporting Requirements

The applicant must provide CDC with an original plus two hard copies of the following reports:

1.      Interim progress report, due no less than 90 days before the end of the budget period.  The progress report will serve as the non-competing continuation application and must contain the following elements:

a.       Current Budget Period Activities Objectives.

b.      Current Budget Period Financial Progress.

c.       New Budget Period Program Proposed Activity Objectives.

d.      Budget.

e.       Measures of Effectiveness.

f.        Additional Requested Information.

2.      Annual progress report, due 90 days after the end of the budget period. 

3.      In addition to the interim and annual progress report, two other quarterly progress reports are required.  A template and actual due dates will be provided at the beginning of the funding cycle.

4.      Financial status report and annual progress report, no more than 90 days after the end of the budget period.

  1. Final performance and Financial Status reports, no more than 90 days after the end of the project period.

The reports must be mailed to the Grants Management Specialist listed in the “Agency Contacts” section of this announcement.

 

VII. Agency Contacts

CDC encourages inquiries concerning this announcement.

For general questions, contact:

            Technical Information Management Section

Department of Health and Human Services

            CDC Procurement and Grants Office

            2920 Brandywine Road

            Atlanta, GA 30341

            Telephone: 770-488-2700

 

For program technical assistance, contact:

            Daneen Farrow-Collier, Project Officer

Department of Health and Human Services

            4770 Buford Highway

            Atlanta, GA 30341

            Telephone:  770-488-4945

            E-mail: DFarrow-Collier@cdc.gov

 

For financial, grants management, or budget assistance, contact:

Carla Harper, Grants Management Specialist

Department of Health and Human Services

            CDC Procurement and Grants Office

            2920 Brandywine Road, Mail stop: E-14

            Atlanta, GA 30341

            Telephone:  (770) 488-2439

            E-mail: CHarper1@cdc.gov

 CDC Telecommunications for the hearing impaired or disabled is available at: TTY 770-488-2783.

 VIII. Other Information

Projects that involve the collection of information from 10 or more individuals and funded by cooperative agreement will be subject to review and approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Other CDC funding opportunity announcements can be found on the CDC Web site, Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/FOAs.htm.


 

 

 

 

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