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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

and the

 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Public Health Conference Support Program

Announcement Type: New – Type 1    

Participating Organizations:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Components of Participating Organizations:

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)  

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP)  

National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH)  

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC)

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-PA-HM09-901

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: The CDC Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number is 93.283 or 93.945.  The ATSDR Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number is 93.161.

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent Deadline:

Cycle A:  November 10, 2008

Cycle B:  February 2, 2009 

Application Deadline:

Cycle A:  December 8, 2008

Cycle B:  March 2, 2009


I. Funding Opportunity Description

Authority: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program is authorized under section 317(k) (2) (c) and (d) of the Public Health Service Act, [42 U.S.C. 247b (k) (2) (c) and (d)]. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) program is authorized under sections 104 (i) (14) and (15) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), [42 U.S.C. 9604(i) (14) and (15)].


Purpose: The purpose of the program is to provide partial support for specific non-Federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention, educational programs, and applied research. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2010” focus area(s) of Access to Quality Health Services; Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Chronic Back Conditions; Cancer; Diabetes; Disability and Secondary Conditions; Educational and Community-Based Programs; Environmental Health; Food Safety; Health Communication; Heart Disease and Stroke; Injury and Violence Prevention; Maternal, Infant and Child Health; Mental Health and Mental Disorders; Nutrition and Overweight; Physical Activity and Fitness; Public Health Infrastructure; Respiratory Diseases; Tobacco Use (among youth); and Vision and Hearing.


The mission of CDC is to protect people’s health through health promotion, preparedness, and prevention of injury, disability, and disease. The mission of ATSDR is to prevent both exposure and adverse human health effects that diminish the quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.


This announcement is only for non-research activities supported by CDC/ATSDR. If research is proposed, the application will not be reviewed.  For the definition of research, please see the CDC Web site at the following Internet address: 



Awardee activities for this program are as follows:  


II. Award Information

Type of Award: Grant

Award Mechanism: H13

Fiscal Year Funds: FY 2009

Approximate Total Funding: $2.6 million dollars. (This amount is an estimate, and is subject to availability of funds.)

Approximate Number of Awards: 70 to 100

Approximate Average of Awards: $20,000 to $75,000 for CDC and $8,000 for ATSDR for the 12-month budget period. (These amounts are estimates, and are subject to availability of funds.) These amounts are inclusive of only direct costs.

Floor of Individual Award Range: None

Ceiling of Individual Award Range: None 

Anticipated Award Date: Approximately 30 – 60 days before the date of the conference.

Budget Period Length: 12-month budget period for each cycle.

Project Period Length: One year project period for each cycle.


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

This announcement is only for domestic conferences planned to occur within the date range of May 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. (See section IV.6 Other Submission Requirements for guidance on cycle selection.)   

Applicants can submit a single application for a single conference for a one year project period. The application is to be submitted under only one topic area of programmatic interest from those listed in Attachment I. 

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

·        Nonprofit with 501C3 IRS status (other than institution of higher education)

·        Nonprofit without 501C3 IRS status (other than institution of higher education)

·        Small, minority, and women-owned businesses

·        Universities

·        Colleges

·        Research institutions

·        Hospitals

·        Community-based organizations

·        Faith-based organizations

·        Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments

·        American Indian/Alaska native tribally designated organizations

·        Alaska Native health corporations

·        Urban Indian health organizations

·        Tribal epidemiology centers

·        State and local governments or their Bona Fide Agents (this includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau)

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.  Attach with “Other Attachment Forms” when submitting via   

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) conferences and HIV subject matter are covered under another program and are not permitted under this announcement. 

Subject areas associated with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are not covered by this announcement.

All conferences co-sponsored under this announcement shall be held in facilities that are fully accessible to the public as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).

This announcement is only for non-research activities supported by CDC/ATSDR. If research is proposed, the application will not be reviewed.    


III.2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing or matching funds are not required for this program.


III.3. Other

CDC will accept and review applications with budgets greater than the ceiling of the award range. 


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.

·        Partnering organizations of a conference must collaborate to submit a single application as opposed to each entity submitting a separate application for the same conference.


IV. Application and Submission Information

IV.1. Address to Request Application Package

To apply for this funding opportunity use the application forms package posted in 

Submit applications electronically by utilizing the forms and instructions posted for this announcement on, the official Federal agency wide E-grant Web site.  Paper copy submissions are not accepted under this program announcement. 

Registering your organization through is the first step in submitting applications online. Registration information is located in the “Get Registered” screen of

Please visit at least 30 days prior to filing your application to familiarize yourself with the registration and submission processes. Under “Get Registered,” the one-time registration process will take three to five days to complete; however, as part of the registration process, registering your organization with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) annually, could take an additional one to two days to complete. We suggest submitting electronic applications prior to the closing date in order to allow time to resolve any filing issues if difficulties are encountered. 


IV.2. Content and Form of Submission

Letter of Intent (LOI): 

Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent (not to exceed two pages) that includes the following information: 



A one-page cover sheet must be submitted with the application that contains the same information as described above for the LOI, with the exception of the brief overview since the conference purpose and content will be covered in detail as part of the Project Narrative.  Attach the cover sheet in PDF file format as an appendix. Note, however, that the cover sheet will be assembled as the top sheet of the entire application packet. (The cover sheet will not be counted toward the narrative page limit.) 

The application must contain the topic area number and the title of the topic area of programmatic interest (selected from Attachment I) to be considered. If this information is not included, the application will be considered non-responsive and will not be entered into the review process. Provide this information on the application cover sheet and in Block 15, “Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project” of the SF-424. 

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. (The Project Abstract will not be counted toward the narrative page limit.)  

A Project Narrative must be submitted with the application forms. The narrative must be submitted in the following format or the application will be considered non-responsive and will not be entered into the review process:


The narrative should address activities to be conducted over the entire project period and include information on the following as described in section V. Application Review Information:

Additionally, the narrative must include the following items in the order listed. These are required narrative items and, except for evaluation instrument samples, are not to be attached as appendices


Additional information is to be included in the application appendices.  The appendices will not be counted toward the narrative page limit.  This additional information includes:

Additional information submitted via must be uploaded in a PDF file format, and should be named:

Submission of brochures, pamphlets, booklets, or videos as appendices should be avoided.


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 the Dun and Bradstreet website or call 1-866-705-5711. 


Additional requirements that may request submission 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 Dates:

Cycle A: November 10, 2008

Cycle B: February 2, 2009

If the optional LOI is submitted, it is to be transmitted by e-mail only and sent directly to the contact person listed under the agency or center for the topic area selected from Attachment I. The LOI may be submitted early but no later than the due date.


Application Deadline Dates:

Cycle A: December 8, 2008

Cycle B: March 2, 2009  

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 must be submitted electronically at Applications completed on-line through are considered formally submitted when the applicant organization’s Authorizing Organization Representative (AOR) electronically submits the application to Electronic applications will be considered as having met the deadline if the application has been successfully submitted electronically by the applicant organization’s AOR to on or before the deadline date and time. 

When submission of the application is done electronically through (, the application will be electronically time/date stamped and a tracking number will be assigned, which will serve as receipt of submission.  The AOR will receive an e-mail notice of receipt when HHS/CDC receives the application. 

The application package can be downloaded from Applicants are able to complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Web site. E-mail submissions will not be accepted. If the applicant has technical difficulties in, customer service can be reached by E-mail at 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 should be prior to the closing date to resolve any unanticipated difficulties prior to the deadline.  

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

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. The application face page will be returned by HHS/CDC with a written explanation of the reason for non-acceptance. The applicant will be notified the application did not meet the submission requirements. 


IV.4. Intergovernmental Review of Applications

The application is subject to Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs, as governed by Executive Order (EO) 12372. This order sets up a system for state and local governmental review of proposed federal assistance applications. Contact the state single point of contact (SPOC) as early as possible to alert the SPOC to prospective applications and to receive instructions on the State’s process. Visit the following Web address to get the current SPOC list:


IV.5. Funding Restrictions

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

·        No conference subjects will be permitted that would be contradictory to the goals of the Government, including portions that are not funded by CDC/ATSDR. 


The recommended guidance for completing a detailed justified budget can be found on the CDC Web site, at the following Internet address:


IV.6. Other Submission Requirements

If your conference date falls between May 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010, you may apply under Cycle A of this announcement. If your conference date falls between August 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010, you may apply under Cycle B of this announcement.  

LOI Submission Address: Submit the LOI by e-mail only directly to the contact person listed under the agency or center for the topic area selected from Attachment I. The LOI must be sent no later than the date listed in Section IV.3. 

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows CDC Program staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review. 


V. Application Review Information

V.1. Criteria

Conferences must be specific to the topic area selected and measurable conference outcomes in alignment with one or more of the relevant goals or performance measures listed in Attachment I, Guidance Document for Program Announcement.   

Applicants are required to provide measures of effectiveness that will demonstrate the accomplishment of the various identified objectives of the grant. Measures of effectiveness must relate to the performance goals stated in Attachment I, Section II 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.

Section 1.a. criterion is ATSDR specific.

Section 1.b. criterion is CDC specific.

Section 1.c. and all other sections in these criteria are applicable to both CDC and ATSDR.


The application will be evaluated against the following criteria:  

1.a. The public health significance of the proposed conference, including the degree to which the conference can be expected to influence the prevention of exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases and other sources of pollution present in the environment (Applicable to ATSDR applications only). 

1.b. The applicant’s description of the proposed conference as it relates to specific non-Federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention information/education programs, including the public health need of the proposed conference and the degree to which the conference can be expected to influence public health practices. Evaluation will also be based on the extent of the applicant's collaboration with other organizations serving the intended audience (Applicable to all CDC applications except ATSDR). 

1.c. The applicant’s description of conference objectives in terms of quality, specificity, and the feasibility of the conference based on the operational plan.


1.a. The overall quality, reasonableness, feasibility, and logic of the designed conference objectives, including the overall work plan and timetable for accomplishment. 

1.b. The likelihood of accomplishing conference objectives as they relate to disease prevention and health promotion goals, and the feasibility of the project in terms of the operational plan.


Evaluation will be based on the extent to which the applicant has described: 

1.a. The extent to which the application provides evidence of the qualifications, experience, and commitment of the principal staff person, and his/her ability to devote adequate time and effort to provide effective leadership. 

1.b. The extent to which the application provides evidence of the competence of associate staff persons, discussion leaders, speakers, and presenters to accomplish conference objectives. 

1.c. The extent to which the application demonstrates the knowledge of nationwide and educational efforts currently underway which may affect, and be affected by, the proposed conference. 


Evaluation instrument(s) for the conference should adequately assess increased knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the target audience.


1.a. The applicant’s capability includes the adequacy of the applicant's resources (additional sources of funding, organization's strengths, staff time, proposed physical facilities, etc.) available for conducting conference activities. 

1.b. The extent to which the applicant demonstrates a history (at least three years) of managing conferences.


The proposed budget will be evaluated on the basis of its reasonableness, concise and clear justification, and consistency with the intended use of grant funds. The application will also be reviewed as to the adequacy of existing or proposed facilities and resources for conducting conference activities.


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 the relevant agency or center and PGO. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the eligibility criteria and special requirements will not advance through the review process. Applicants will be notified the application did not meet submission requirements. 

An objective review panel, convened by each agency or center, will evaluate complete and responsive applications according to the criteria listed in the “V.1.  Criteria” section above. Findings will be presented by three reviewers, all of whom will be Department of Health and Human Services employees from outside the funding program division. The panel votes to approve or disapprove based on the information presented and each approved application is scored and ranked. Applications will be funded in order by score and rank as determined by the review panel. 

CDC/ATSDR will apply a preference to select applicants that most closely align with the applicable center’s topic areas of programmatic interest as given in Attachment I.   

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


V.3. Anticipated Announcement Award Dates

The anticipated announcement dates should occur in March 2009 for Cycle A and June 2009 for Cycle B. Award dates will be 30-60 days before a conference begins.


Earliest Possible Award Dates:


Cycle A – March 30, 2009


Cycle B – June 30, 2009



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/ATSDR. The NoA will be signed by an authorized Grants Management Officer and e-mailed 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 Parts 74 and 92, as appropriate. The following additional requirements apply to this project:


(Public Law 89-665, 80 Stat. 915)


Additional information on the requirements can be found on the CDC Web site at the following Internet address:  

CDC Assurances and Certifications can be found on the CDC Web site at the following Internet address:  

For more information on the Code of Federal Regulations, see the National Archives and Records Administration at the following Internet address:


VI.3. Reporting Requirements

If a NoA is received, the applicant must provide CDC with an annual interim progress report via

1.      If funded for more than one budget period, the interim progress report is 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.       Standard Form (“SF”) 424S Form.

b.      SF-424A Budget Information-Non-Construction Programs.

c.       Budget Narrative.

d.      Project Narrative.

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

2.      Final financial status report, due no later than 90 days after the end of the budget period/project.

  1. Final assessment/evaluation plan administration and results report, due no later than 90 days after the end of the project period. (Include the evaluated conference participants’ information.)


These reports must be submitted to the attention of the Grants Management Specialist listed in the “VII. Agency Contacts” section of this announcement.


VII. Agency Contacts

CDC encourages inquiries concerning this announcement. However, beyond basic input, the following personnel cannot assist with determinations as to whether proposed conference subjects are in alignment with program announcement goals, nor with Topic Area selection or suggestions regarding the narrative writing of applications. To do so would provide undo advantage prior to objective review competition.


For general questions, contact:

     Technical Information Management Section

Department of Health and Human Services

     CDC Procurement and Grants Office

     2920 Brandywine Road, MS E-14

     Atlanta, GA 30341

     Telephone: 770-488-2700


For program technical assistance:

Refer to “Attachment I, Guidance Document for Program Announcement, Section I, to locate the contact person for the relevant topic area selected.


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

Kaleema O. Muhammad, Grants Management Specialist

Department of Health and Human Services

     CDC Procurement and Grants Office

     2920 Brandywine Road, MS K-69

     Atlanta, GA 30341

     Telephone: 770-488-2742



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


VIII. Other Information

Other CDC funding opportunity announcements can be found on the CDC Web site, Internet address:




Guidance Document for Program Announcement



Components of this Guidance Document:

I. Topic Areas of Programmatic Interest and Program Contact Personnel

II. Participating Organizations’ Performance Goals

III. Frequently Asked Questions Segment



Proposed conferences must be specific to the selected Topic Area. Applicants must independently make determinations regarding conference subject suitability based on careful study of the information provided in this program announcement.      


Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) – Lisa Burns,

ATSDR-100.1 Health effects of hazardous substances in the environment

ATSDR-100.2 Disease and toxic substance exposure registries

ATSDR-100.3 Hazardous substance removal and remediation

ATSDR-100.4 Emergency Response to toxic and environmental disasters

ATSDR-100.5 Risk communication, health education, or workforce development

ATSDR-100.6 Environmental disease surveillance

ATSDR-100.7 Investigation and research on hazardous substances in the environment (pertaining to applied research only)


National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) –   Ann Cole,  

NCBDDD-300.1 Birth Defects

NCBDDD-300.2 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

NCBDDD-300.3 Disabilities: Issues related to people with disabilities; health promotion and intervention for persons with disabilities; secondary conditions; and aging and disability

NCBDDD-300.4 Newborn and Childhood screening: Hearing, metabolic, genetic, developmental

NCBDDD-300.5 Hearing Loss, early interventions, genetic causes

NCBDDD-300.6 Mental Retardation

NCBDDD-300.7 Child Development

NCBDDD-300.8 Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities

NCBDDD-300.9 Hereditary Blood Disorders

NCBDDD-300.10 Folic Acid and Neural Tube Defects

NCBDDD-300.11 Pediatric Genetic Conditions


National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) – Vivian Bryant,

NCCDPHP-400.1 Chronic Disease Prevention in Global Context

NCCDPHP-400.1.1 Health Promotion in Global Context

NCCDPHP-400.2 Cardiovascular

NCCDPHP-400.2.1 Stroke

NCCDPHP-400.3 Obesity

NCCDPHP-400.3.1 Physical Activity

NCCDPHP-400.4 Aging

NCCDPHP-400.4.1 Arthritis

NCCDPHP-400.5 Cancer

NCCDPHP-400.5.1 Breast & Cervical Cancer

NCCDPHP-400.5.2 Ovarian

NCCDPHP-400.5.3 Prostate

NCCDPHP-400.5.4 Cancer Registry

NCCDPHP-400.6. Diabetes


National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) –   Lisa Burns,

NCEH-500.1 Emergency and Environmental Health Services

NCEH-500.1.1 Lead Poisoning

NCEH-500.1.2 Environmental Health Services

NCEH-500.1.3 Chemical Weapons Elimination

NCEH-500.1.4 Refugee Health

NCEH-500.1.5 Vessel Sanitation

NCEH-500.1.6 Build Environment/Healthy Community Design

NCEH-500.2 Environmental Hazards and Health Effects

NCEH-500.2.1 Air Pollution and Respiratory Health

NCEH-500.2.2 Environmental Health Tracking

NCEH-500.2.3 Environmental Hazards (e.g., radiation, algal blooms)

NCEH-500.3 Laboratory Sciences (e.g., newborn screening, air toxicants, clinical chemistry, toxicology, molecular biology)

NCEH-500.4 Emergency Preparedness and Response (e.g., chemical, radiological, global climate change)

NCEH-500.5 International Environmental Health

NCEH-500.6 Environmental Health Communication, Marketing, Workforce Development and Policy

NCEH-500.7 Environmental Health Information Systems


National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) – Linda Franklin,

NCIPC-800.1 Unintentional Injuries Prevention

NCIPC-800.2.1 National level conferences that focus on preventing violence before it occurs (primary prevention)

NCIPC-800.3 Acute Injury Care

NCIPC-800.4 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

NCIPC-800.5 Injury Related Disability

NCIPC-800.6 Preparedness and Response for Injuries Resulting from Mass Causality Events and/or Terrorist Attacks

NCIPC-800.7 Impact Biomechanics



Measurable conference outcomes must be in alignment with one or more of the following goals or performance measures as they relate to the selected topic area.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR):

Goal 1. Prevent ongoing and future exposures and resultant health effects from hazardous waste sites and releases.

Performance Measure 1. Increase EPA’s, state regulatory agencies’, or private industries’ acceptance of ATSDR’s recommendations at sites with documented exposures.

Goal 2. Determine human health effects associated with exposures to superfund-related priority hazardous substances.

Performance Measure 2. Fill data needs related to the 275 priority hazardous substances.

Performance Measure 3. Annually, conduct studies to determine the health impact of hazardous substances.

Goal 3. Mitigate the risks of human health effects at toxic waste sites with documented exposures.

Performance Measure 4. Document the reduced occurrence or risk of health effects by selecting for each urgent or public health hazard site the best or most appropriate measure for that site: (outcome)

Comparative morbidity/mortality rates

Biomarker tests

Levels of environmental exposures

Behavior change of community members and/or health professionals

Performance Measure 5. Annually, maintain the highest standard for emergency response.

Goal 4. Build and enhance effective partnerships.

Performance Measure 6. Leverage academic, industry, and other partners to fill priority data gaps. (efficiency)


National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD):

Priority 1. Develop and implement comprehensive research-to-practice initiatives that promote early identification, referral, and intervention for prioritized health conditions.

Priority 2. Identify major new factors leading to healthy birth outcomes.

Priority 3. Determine the natural history of secondary conditions throughout the lifespan to identify promising interventions.

Priority 4. Develop and implement a comprehensive research-to-practice initiative designed to promote preconception care services.

Priority 5. Promote evidence-based strategies for optimal child development.

Priority 6. Conduct activities to prevent and reduce complications experienced by persons with blood disorders including issues unique to women.


National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP):

Goal 1. Increase early detection of breast and cervical cancer by building nationwide programs in breast and cervical cancer prevention, especially among high-risk, underserved women.

Goal 2. Expand community-based breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to low income, medically underserved women. For women diagnosed with cancer or pre-cancer, ensure access to treatment services.

Goal 3. Reduce cigarette smoking among youth.

Goal 4. Support prevention research to develop sustainable and transferable community-based behavioral interventions.

Goal 5. Increase the capacity of state cardiovascular health programs to address prevention of cardiovascular disease at the community level.

Goal 6. Reduce death and disability due to heart disease and stroke and eliminate disparities.

Goal 7. Increase the capacity of state diabetes control programs to address the prevention of diabetes and its complications at the community level.

Goal 8. Improve the quality of state-based cancer registries.

Goal 9. Help states monitor the prevalence of major behavioral risks associated with premature morbidity and mortality in adults to improve the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion and disease prevention programs.

Goal 10. Decrease levels of obesity, or reduce the rate of growth of obesity, in communities through nutrition and physical interventions.


National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH):

Goal 1. Determine human health effects associated with environmental exposures.

Performance Measure 1. Assess exposure of the U.S. population to environmental chemicals, including nutritional indicators. (output)

Performance Measure 2. Develop new laboratory methods to measure human exposure to additional priority chemicals and nutritional indicators. (output)

Performance Measure 3. Ensure that laboratory quality standards are maintained in certified or participating laboratories for tests such as lipids, newborn screening, those predictive of type 1 diabetes, blood lead, cadmium, mercury, and nutritional factors. (output)

Performance Measure 4. Increase the number of public health actions developed using environmental public health tracking data that prevent or control potential adverse health effects from environmental exposures. (output)

Performance Measure 5. Complete assessments examining the possible association between a health effect and an environmental exposure and/or hazard. (output)

Performance Measure 6. Complete studies to determine the harmful health effects of environmental hazards. (output)

Performance Measure 7. Provide laboratory measurements for studies of exposure and health effects, genetic susceptibility, and nutritional factors related to disease, and risk factors for selected chronic diseases. (output)

Goal 2. Prevent or reduce illnesses, injury, and death related to environmental risk factors.

Performance Measure 8. Reduce asthma hospitalizations in states funded by NCEH to implement comprehensive asthma control programs. (outcome)

Performance Measure 9. Eliminate elevated blood levels in children under age six. (outcome) *Non-detectable by NHANES.

Performance Measure 10. Provide timely and appropriate public health services to fulfill requests related to complex humanitarian emergencies. (output)

Performance Measure 11. Provide support services to survivors of traumatic limb loss in less developed countries. (output)

Performance Measure 12. Assure that chemical warfare stockpiles housed at federal facilities are disposed of without any serious injuries or death from chemical agents. (outcome)

Performance Measure 13. Provide guidance, consultation, and technical assistance to state and local health departments and tribal governments to improve environmental public health services programs. (output)

Performance Measure 14. Train environmental public health services professionals via CDC-supported programs. (output)

Performance Measure 15. Increase the capacity of state health departments to anticipate and prevent the spread of illness/disease outbreaks from food, water, and air contaminants/vectors. (outcome)

Goal 3. Build and enhance effective partnerships to improve environmental health capacity.

Performance Measure 16. Provide assistance to 20 partners. (output)


National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC):

Goal 1. Reduce the risk of youth violence.

Goal 2. Reduce violence against women.

Goal 3. Enhance the capacity of states to implement effective rape prevention and education programs.

Goal 4. Reduce the number and severity of head injuries in CDC funded projects by increasing bicycle helmet use.

Goal 5. Improve the timelines and quality of data used to determine the medical and social impact of traumatic brain injury.

Goal 6. Reduce the incidence of residential fire-related injuries and deaths by increasing functional smoke alarms on every habitable floor.

Goal 7. Increase external input on the research priorities, policies, and procedures related to the extramural research supported by CDC.

Goal 8. Provide online access to injury prevention data.

Goal 9. Improve the uniformity, quality, and accessibility of emergency department data for public health surveillance in several states; ultimately developing the capacity to improve data in all states through development of guidelines, recommendations, or technical assistance.




1. QUESTION: Is it possible to apply for more than one topic area of programmatic interest for consideration of one conference support request?


ANSWER: No. For each conference support request, only one topic area of programmatic interest can be selected. A request for support of a particular conference subject cannot be submitted under several topic areas, even if the subject of the conference may be related to or cross-cutting over multiple topic areas.


2. QUESTION: Can CDC/ATSDR personnel assist me with conference subject decisions and Topic Area selection?


ANSWER: No. CDC/ATSDR personnel can only provide clarification on the contents requirements of the application. CDC/ATSDR personnel cannot provide assistance in determining whether your conference subject is “a match,” or with Topic Area selection, or with the writing of the application. To do so would be providing unfair advantage to that applicant prior to objective review. Applicants are responsible for making determinations regarding suitability of their conference subject(s). If an applicant is unable to make an independent determination as to suitability, the likelihood of ranking below unequivocal, clear-cut competitors should be considered. 


3. QUESTION: Can funds be requested for support of a non-HIV portion of an HIV conference?


ANSWER: Yes, if that part of the conference is specifically non-HIV material. However, CDC/ATSDR will withdraw financial support if this portion of the conference crosses the boundary to HIV material. HIV conferences and HIV subject matter are covered under another Program Announcement and are not permitted under this announcement.


4. QUESTION: Must I follow the formatting requirements if I am having difficulty presenting all of the desired information?


ANSWER: Yes. Formatting requirements must be adhered to in order to ensure an equitable opportunity to all applicants for presenting their proposals. To allow extra space through page limit overages, reduced font or single spacing would be providing unfair advantage.     


5. QUESTION: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)?


ANSWER: This act states that a building must be accessible to the handicapped, which includes ramps, wide elevators, and restrooms with handrails. The act also addresses accommodations for persons with sensory impairments as well as persons with physical disabilities or mobility limitations.  


6. QUESTION: What percentage of funds for the conference must come from non Federal Funds?


ANSWER: Technically, at least 1% of the funds must come from non Federal sources. This amount can include donated facilities and donated time by the applicant. However, it is preferred that an applicant show its ability to build partnerships with other organizations that can donate funds to the conference.


7. QUESTION: Do I include the entire budget for the conference or just the budget for the amount I am requesting?


ANSWER: Include the entire budget. Include the share requested from this grant as well as those funds from other sources, such as organizations; institutions; in-kind donations; conference income; registration fees; etc. The entire budget should be reflected on the SF-424a (“Federal” and “Other”) as well as in the budget plan and justification.


8. QUESTION: Are there any prohibited items for the budget request?


ANSWER: Yes. Refer to program announcement section IV.5 Funding Restrictions. 


9. QUESTION: Can I draw down all of the funds at one time once I have received a Notice of Grant Award (NoA)?


ANSWER: Yes, if you have sent in the following information to the Grants Management Specialist: CVs or resumes of the person/persons arranging the conference, CVs or resumes of the principal speakers, and a Final Agenda for the entire conference. Without these items, only 10% of the funding can be drawn down.


10. QUESTION: When are the Final Reports due and what is required?


ANSWER: The Final Reports include a Final Progress Report and a Final Financial Status Report (FSR) which are due 90 days after the project end date. However, it is preferred that the FSR be sent as soon as all allotted funds have been expended. The final progress report should be in an Executive Summary format indicating: when and where the conference was held, what was the purpose, who participated, results of participant’s evaluation(s), how the conference was organized, and what the conference accomplished. Lessons learned, objectives met, and audiences reached will indicate the scope and depth of the conference. It is preferred that Final Reports be completed and submitted soon after the conclusion of the conference.


11. QUESTION: Can the Federal Government rescind this award for any reason?


ANSWER: Yes, the Federal Government can and does reserve the right to withdraw funding if the part of the conference that CDC/ATSDR is funding could be viewed as contradictory to the goals of the Federal Government or as an improper use of funds.


12. QUESTION: What is an Approved but Unfunded letter (ABU)?


ANSWER: It is a letter sent by CDC to each applicant that did not get funded even though the application was approved through objective review. The letter states whether the minimum requirements were met for the announcement and why the application was not funded. CDC keeps ABU applications for 12 months or until the conference date has passed, whichever comes first, in case funds become available to make an award.




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