Part I Overview Information


 

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

 

Issuing Organization

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCIRD/CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/ncird


Participating Organizations

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/


Components of Participating Organizations

 

Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID/CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/about/organization/ccid.htm

 

Title: Evaluation of New Technology to Improve Delivery of Immunizations (U01)


The policies, guidelines, terms, and conditions of the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in this announcement might differ from those used by the HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH).  If written guidance for completing this application is not available on the CDC website, then CDC will direct applicants elsewhere for that information. 


Authority:
42 U.S.C. 247b(k)(1), as amended

 

Announcement Type: New

Instructions for Submission of Electronic Research Applications:

NOTICE: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

This FOA must be read in conjunction with the application package instructions included with this announcement on Grants.gov/Apply for Grants (hereafter referred to as, Grants.gov/Apply.)

A registration process is necessary before submission, and applicants are strongly encouraged to start the process at least four weeks prior to the grant submission date. See Section IV.

 

Two steps are required for on time submission:

1) The application must be successfully received by Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the application submission receipt date (see “Key Dates” below.)

2) Applicants must complete a verification step in the Electronic Research Administration (eRA Commons) within two business days of notification. Note: Since email can be unreliable, it is the responsibility of the applicant to periodically check on their application status in the eRA Commons.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: RFA-IP-09-005

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number(s): 93.185

 

Key Dates

 

Release/Posted Date: TBD
Letter of Intent Receipt Date:
Not applicable
Application Submission Receipt Date(s):
March 30, 2009
Peer Review Date(s):
March 2009
Council Review Date(s):
April 2009

Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): September 10, 2009

Additional Information to Be Available Date: Not applicable

Expiration Date: TBD

 

Due Date for E.O. 12372

 

Due no later than 60 days after the application receipt date.

 

Additional Overview Content

Funding Opportunity Announcement Glossary: FOA Glossary Terminology

Table of Contents


 

Part I Overview Information

Part II Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
    1. Research Objectives

Section II. Award Information
    1. Mechanism(s) of Support
    2. Funds Available

Section III. Eligibility Information
    1. Eligible Applicants
        A. Eligible Institutions
        
    2.Cost Sharing or Matching
    3.Other - Special Eligibility Criteria

Section IV. Application and Submission Information
    1. Request Application Information
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission
    3. Submission Dates and Times
        A. Receipt and Review and Anticipated Start Dates
            1. Letter of Intent
        B. Submitting an Application to CDC
        C. Application Processing
    4. Intergovernmental Review
    5. Funding Restrictions
    6. Other Submission Requirements

Section V. Application Review Information
    1. Criteria
    2. Review and Selection Process
        A. Additional Review Criteria
        B. Additional Review Considerations
        C. Sharing Research Data
        D. Sharing Research Resources

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Section VI. Award Administration Information
    1. Award Notices
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements
 
        A. Cooperative Agreement

            1. Recipient Rights and Responsibilities
            2. HHS/CDC Responsibilities
            3. Collaborative Responsibilities

    3. Reporting

Section VII. Agency Contact(s)
    1. Scientific/Research Contact(s)
    2. Peer Review Contact(s)
    3. Financial/ Grants Management Contact(s)

    4. General Questions Contact(s)

Section VIII. Other Information - Required Federal Citations


Part II - Full Text of Announcement


 

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description


 

1. Research Objectives

 

The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) of CDC within HHS is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010" and to measuring program performance as stipulated by the Government Performance and Review Act (GPRA).  This RFA addresses “Healthy People 2010” priority area(s) of Immunization and Infectious Diseases and is in alignment with HHS/CDC/NCIRD’s performance goal(s) to reduce the number of indigenous vaccine-preventable diseases. For more information, see www.health.gov/healthypeople and http://intra-apps.cdc.gov/fmo/.

 

Nature of the Research Opportunity

 

The purpose of this FOA is to seek a cooperative agreement with an institution to evaluate the capacity of primary care providers to implement new technologies, specifically text messaging, into their practice as a method for improving vaccine delivery.

 

Background information that establishes the need for the research:

 

Technology is advancing every day and has become an integral part to how we receive and process information.  Currently, 73% of adults own a mobile phone (Reference 1), 1 in 6 homes (15%) are completely wireless (meaning they do not have a traditional landline telephone), and approximately 10 million children are living in a wireless home (Reference 2)  Furthermore, low income, minority individuals are more likely to have a mobile phone than a landline telephone (Reference 2). 

 

As the US population becomes more sophisticated in their use of technology, it is important that public health incorporates technology in how it connects, educates, and motivates the population.  Because of the penetration of mobile phones, especially among hard-to-reach populations, we believe text messaging would be an ideal technology to explore first (75% of mobile phone owners have text messaging capabilities (1) and 68% of parents use texting to communicate with their children (Reference 3).  Due to the complicated nature of the US recommended childhood and adolescent vaccination schedule (Reference 4), incorporating the use of mobile phone technology as a way to communicate with parents may be one strategy to help improve immunization delivery (Reference 5).  However, formative research is needed to identify the up front investment needed by medical practices to implement mobile phone technology, barriers (both attitudinal and resource related) to implementation, and how receptive our target population would be to receiving immunization information through text messages. 

 

Scientific knowledge to be achieved:

 

Knowledge of incorporating new technological approaches to increase vaccination among the pediatric population is limited. With a complex childhood immunization schedule and recently recommended vaccines for adolescents, identifying evidence-based strategies and mechanisms to deliver these strategies is increasingly important.

 

RFA Objectives

 

The applicants must address all of the following three research objectives in the research plan of the application:

 

1.  Among immunization providers, assess the current level of technology use, willingness to implement and resources needed (including equipment and training requirements) to implement text messaging as a method of communicating with parents of patients.

 

2.  Among parents, assess willingness to receive immunization messages through text messaging, barriers to receiving messages, optimum type of message, and the level of specificity desired in messages received.

 

3.  Design, implement, and evaluate a pilot project to assess the feasibility of implementing a text messaging program to inform parents of patients about scheduled immunization appointments and reminders to schedule an appointment for immunizations due or missed.

 

Research and experimental approaches that are being sought:

 

Applicants are expected to conduct formative research with 1) immunization providers serving socioeconomically diverse pediatric populations, and 2) parents.  The formative research can be national in scope (i.e., a survey of a nationally representative sample) and/or limited to a specific geographic location (i.e., Key Informant Interviews with individuals in a city/state/region).

 

Based on findings from formative research, applicants are expected to conduct a pilot project to assess the feasibility of implementing a text messaging program to communicate with parents.  Applicants have flexibility in the setting of the pilot project, the target population, and the level at which the intervention is coordinated (e.g. centralized reminder/recall system or medical office based).  The target population could include parents of infants, children, and/or adolescents. 

 

Applicants are expected to provide a research plan that addresses the following elements:

 

1) Description of formative research with immunization providers, exploring topics  including but not limited to: current use of technology within the practice (i.e., use of computers, internet access, use of electronic medical records and/or immunization information systems); current use of a reminder/recall system to notify patients of due or missed immunizations; willingness to implement a text messaging program to communicate with patients; barriers to implementing a text messaging program within their practice.

 

2) Description of formative research with parents of the selected target population, exploring topics including but not limited to: current use of technology; familiarity with sending and receiving text messages; willingness to receive text messages from their medical providers; barriers to receiving text messages; optimum type of message; level of specificity desired in messages received.

 

3) Description of the pilot project including but not limited to: the project setting, target population, methods for identifying target population, methods for obtaining permission to send text messages to the target population, and methods for sending text messages.

 

4) Description of data security measures.

 

5)  Description of analytic plan including methods for collecting data and key process and outcome measures. At a minimum, these measures should be able to assess the degree of implementation of the intervention and factors associated with success of implementation.

 

6) Description of analytic plan for collecting and analyzing data to measure the costs associated with implementing and conducting the text messaging program.

 

References:

 

1.  The New Digital Ecology.  Presentation by Lee Rainie.  Available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/ppt/2007%20-%202.1.07%20-%20Webmanagers%20Roundtable%20-%20final.ppt.  Accessed June 26, 2008.

 

2.  Blumberg SJ, Luke JV.  Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2007.  Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless200805.htm.  Accessed June 26, 2008.

 

3. Text messaging improves parent-teen relationships.  Available at: http://www.cellular-news.com/story/30559.php. Accessed June 26, 2008.

 

4.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Immunization Schedules.  Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm.  Accessed July 8, 2008.

 

5.  Vilella A, Bayas JM, Dias MT, et al.  The role of mobile phones in improving vaccination rates in travelers.  Preventive Medicine.  2004;38:503-509.

 

See Section VIII, Other Information - Required Federal Citations, for policies related to this announcement.

Section II. Award Information


 

1. Mechanism(s) of Support

 

This funding opportunity will use the U01 activity code.

The HHS/CDC U01 is a cooperative agreement assistance instrument. Under the U01 assistance instrument, the Recipient Organization retains the primary responsibility and dominant role for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project, and with HHS/CDC staff is substantially involved as a partner with the Recipient Organization, as described in Section VI.2.A., "Cooperative Agreement”.

2. Funds Available

The participating Centers, Institutes and Offices (CIO)(s), NCIRD intends to commit approximately up to $450,000 in FY2009 to fund 1-2 applications. The average award will be $225,000 and will include direct and indirect costs for the first 12 month budget period. An applicant may request a project period of up to 2 years. An applicant may request up to $225,000 for the first 12 month budget period (FY09). The approximate total project period funded amount is $900,000 for both direct and indirect costs. The anticipated start date for new awards is September 10, 2009.

All estimated funding amounts are subject to availability of funds.

 

If an applicant requests a funding amount greater than the ceiling of the award range, HHS/CDC will consider the application non-responsive, and it will not enter into the review process. HHS/CDC will notify the applicant that the application did not meet the submission requirements.

 



Section III. Eligibility Information


 

1. Eligible Applicants

1.A. Eligible Institutions

You may submit an application(s) if your organization has any of the following characteristics:

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 you are applying as a bona fide agent of a state or local government, you must provide a letter from the state or local government as documentation of your status.  Attach this documentation behind the first page of your application form or for electronic applications, use a PDF file and attach as “Other Documents” and label as appropriate.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing, matching, and cost participation are not required.

The most current HHS Grants Policy Statement is available at: http://www.hhs.gov/grantsnet/docs/HHSGPS_107.doc

3. Other-Special Eligibility Criteria

An applicant may submit only one application under this announcement.

 

Only studies proposed for conduct in the United States are eligible for consideration.

 

If your application is incomplete or non-responsive to the special requirements listed in this section, it will not enter into the review process.


Note: Title 2 of the United States Code Section 1611 states that an organization described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal funds constituting an award, grant, or loan.

 

Section IV. Application and Submission Information


To download a SF424 (R&R) Application Package and SF424 (R&R) Application Instructions for completing the SF424 (R&R) forms for this FOA, link to Grants.gov/Apply and follow the directions provided on that Web site.

A one-time registration is required for institutions/organizations at the following:

·          Grants.gov Get Registered,http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp

·          eRA Commons Prepare to Apply, http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/preparing.htm

IMPORTANT: both the applicant organization, as well as, the PD/PI must register in eRA Commons for an application to be accepted electronically. The Credentials Log-In, referenced in Section IV. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission, is obtained through Step #3 in the required actions below.

PD/PIs should work with their institutions/organizations to make sure they are registered in the eRA Commons.

The following three steps are required before an applicant institution/organization can submit an electronic application, as follows:

1) Organizational/Institutional Registration in Grants.gov Get Registered,  http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp

2) Organizational/Institutional Registration in the eRA Commons Prepare to Apply,  http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/preparing.htm

3) Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Registration in the eRA Commons: Refer to the NIH eRA Commons System (COM) Users Guide.

Note that if a PD/PI is also an HHS peer-reviewer with an Individual DUNS and CCR registration, that particular DUNS number and CCR registration are for the individual reviewer only. These are different than any DUNS number and CCR registration used by an applicant organization. Individual DUNS and CCR registration should be used only for the purposes of personal reimbursement and should not be used on any grant applications submitted to the Federal Government.

Several of the steps of the registration process could take four weeks or more. Therefore, applicants should immediately check with their business official to determine whether their organization/institution is already registered in both Grants.gov and the eRA Commons. The HHS/CDC strongly encourages applicants to use the Grants.gov electronic applications process and have organizations and PD/PIs complete all necessary registrations.

1. Request Application Information

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application forms and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for this FOA through Grants.gov/Apply.

Note: Only the forms package directly attached to a specific FOA can be used. You will not be able to use any other SF424 (R&R) forms (e.g., sample forms, forms from another FOA); although some of the "Attachment" files may be useable for more than one FOA.

For further assistance, contact PGO TIMS: Telephone 770-488-2700, Email:  PGOTIM@cdc.gov

HHS/CDC Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: TTY 770-488-2783.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

 

Prepare all applications using the SF424 (R&R) application forms and in accordance with the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (MS Word or PDF).

The SF424 (R&R) Application Guide is critical to submitting a complete and accurate application to HHS/CDC. There are fields within the SF424 (R&R) application components that, although not marked as mandatory, are required by HHS/CDC (e.g., the “Credential” log-in field of the “Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile” component must contain the PD/PI assigned eRA Commons User ID). Agency-specific instructions for such fields are clearly identified in the Application Guide. For additional information, see “Tips and Tools for Navigating Electronic Submission” on the front page of “Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.”

The SF424 (R&R) application is comprised of data arranged in separate components. Some components are required, others are optional. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov/Apply will include all applicable components, mandatory and optional. A completed application in response to this FOA will include the following components:

Required Components:

SF424 (R&R) (Cover component)
Research & Related Project/Performance Site Locations
Research & Related Other Project Information
Research & Related Senior/Key Person
Research & Related Budget


PHS398 Cover Page Supplement
PHS398 Research Plan
PHS398 Checklist

Optional Components:

PHS398 Cover Letter File
Research & Related Sub award Budget Attachment(s) Form

Note: While both budget components are included in the SF424 (R&R) forms package, the CDC U01 (activity code) uses ONLY the detailed Research & Related Budget. (Do not use the PHS 398 Modular Budget.)

3. Submission Dates and Times

 

See Section IV.3.A for details


3. A. Submission, Review and Anticipated Start Dates

Letter of Intent Receipt Date:
Not Applicable

Application Submission Receipt Date (s): March 30, 2009

Peer Review Date (s): March 2009

Council Review Date (s): April 2009

Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 10, 2009

3.A.1. Letter of Intent

 

A letter of intent is not applicable to this funding opportunity announcement.

 

3.B. Submitting an Application to CDC

 

If the instructions in this announcement differ in any way from the 424 R&R instructions, follow the instructions in this announcement.

 

To submit an application in response to this FOA, applicants should access this FOA via Grants.gov/Apply and follow steps 1-4. If submittal of the application is done electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov), the application will be electronically time/date stamped by Grants.gov.  The applicants’ Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) will receive an e-mail notice of receipt from eRA Commons and Grants.gov when HHS/CDC receives the application. 

 

3.C. Application Processing

HHS/CDC must receive applications on or before 5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on the application submission date(s) described above (Section IV.3.A.). If HHS/CDC receives an application after that submission date and time, the application may be delayed in the review process or not reviewed.

Once an application package has been successfully submitted through Grants.gov, any errors have been addressed, and the assembled application has been created in the eRA Commons, the PD/PI and the Authorized Organization Representative/Signing Official (AOR/SO) have two business days to view the application image.

·          If everything is acceptable, no further action is necessary. The application will automatically move forward for processing by the CDC, PGO, Technical Information Management Section, after two business days.

·          Prior to the submission deadline, the AOR/SO can “Reject” the assembled application and submit a changed/corrected application within the two day viewing window. This option should be used if the AOR/SO determines that warnings should be addressed. Reminder: warnings do not stop further application processing. If an application submission results in warnings (but no errors) it will automatically move forward after two business days if no action is taken.  Please remember that some warnings may not be applicable or may need to be addressed after application submission.

·          If the two day window falls after the submission deadline, the AOR/SO will have the option to “Reject” the application if, due to an eRA Commons or Grants.gov system issue, the application does not correctly reflect the submitted application package (e.g., some part of the application was lost or didn’t transfer correctly during the submission process). The AOR/SO should first contact the eRA Commons Helpdesk to confirm the system error, document the issue, and determine the best course of action. HHS/CDC will not penalize the applicant for an eRA Commons or Grants.gov system issue.

·          If the AOR/SO chooses to “Reject” the image after the submission deadline for a reason other than an eRA Commons or Grants.gov system failure, a changed/corrected application still can be submitted but it will be subject to the CDC late policy guidelines and may not be accepted. The reason for this delay should be explained in the cover letter attachment and must refer only to Commons errors and/or technical errors.

·          Both the AOR/SO and PD/PI will receive e-mail notifications when the application is rejected or the application automatically moves forward in the process after two days.

Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and responsiveness by the Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID) and HHS/CDC Procurement and Grants Office (PGO). HHS/CDC will not review incomplete and non-responsive applications.

 

There will be an acknowledgement of receipt of applications from Grants.gov and the eRA Commons

4. Intergovernmental Review

Your 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. You should contact your state single point of contact (SPOC) as early as possible to alert the SPOC to prospective applications, and to receive instructions on your state’s process. Click on the following link to get the current SPOC list: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html.

 

5. Funding Restrictions

 

All HHS/CDC awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

 

Additional guidance can be found at HHS Grants Policy Statement.

 

Restrictions, which applicants must take into account while writing their budgets, are as follows:

 

·          Funds relating to the conduct of research involving human subjects will be restricted until the appropriate assurances and Institutional Review Board approvals are in place. Awardees may not enroll human subjects until they receive a revised Notice of Award from the Procurement and Grants Office lifting the human subject’s restriction.

·          Pre-Award costs will not be reimbursed.

·          Purchase of vaccine with study-related funds is prohibited as part of this project.  

 


6. Other Submission Requirements

 

Awardees upon acceptance of Notice of Award (NoA), must agree to the "Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award" in Section VI.  "Award Administration Information”.

 

If you are requesting indirect costs in your budget, you should include a copy of your indirect cost rate agreement.  If your indirect cost rate is a provisional rate, the agreement should be less than 12 months of age.  If submitting electronically, use a PDF version of the agreement, attach it in Grants.gov under “Other Attachments”, and title it appropriately. 

 

Applicants’ research plan(s) should address activities they will conduct over the entire project period.

 

The HHS/CDC requires the PD/PI to fill in his/her eRA Commons User ID in the “PROFILE – Project Director/Principal Investigator” section, “Credential” log-in field of the “Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile” component. The applicant organization must include its DUNS number in its Organization Profile in the eRA Commons. This DUNS number must match the DUNS number provided at CCR registration with Grants.gov. For additional information, see Registration FAQs – Important Tips -- Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

 

Research Plan Component Sections

While each section of the Research Plan component needs to be uploaded separately as a PDF attachment, applicants are encouraged to construct the Research Plan component as a single document, separating sections into distinct PDF attachments just before uploading the files. This approach will enable applicants to better monitor formatting requirements such as page limits. All attachments must be provided to HHS/CDC in PDF format, filenames must be included with no spaces or special characters, and a PDF extension must be used. Do not include any information in a header or footer of the attachments. A header will be system-generated that references the PD/PI. Page numbers for the footer will be system-generated in the complete application, with all pages sequentially numbered; therefore, do not number the pages of your attachments.  Your research plan must not exceed 25 pages. If your research plan exceeds the page limitation, your application may be considered unresponsive and ineligible for review.

 

The following materials may be included in the Appendix:

Up to ten RFA-relevant publications, manuscripts (accepted for publication), abstracts, patents, or other printed materials directly relevant to the proposed project. Do not include manuscripts submitted for publication. Applicants should refer to instruction guides and specific Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to determine the appropriate limit on the number of publications that may be submitted for a particular program. Note that not all grant activity codes allow the inclusion of publications.

·          Publications in press:  Include only a publication list with a link to the publicly available on-line journal article or the NIH Pub Med Central (PMC) submission identification number. Do not include the entire article.

·          Manuscripts accepted for publication but not yet published: The entire article may be submitted electronically as a PDF attachment.

·          Manuscripts published but a publicly available online journal link is not available:  The entire article may be submitted electronically as a PDF attachment.

·          Surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments, clinical protocols, and informed consent documents.

·          Graphic images of gels, micrographs, etc. provided that the image (may be reduced in size) is also included within the (stated) page limit of Items 2-5 of the Research Plan component. No images may be included in the Appendix that are not also represented within the Research Plan.

 

Please note the following restriction on appendix attachments: The Research Plan Appendix attachments are limited to 10 attachments. Appendices are uploaded as attachments in the PHS 398 Research Plan form, in field #18, within the electronic application package. An applicant will receive an error message if the number of appendix attachments exceeds 10, which will result in an unsuccessful submission of the application. You may include more than one publication, or other allowable appendix material, within one attachment; however, do not let your attachments exceed 10.”

Do not to use the Appendix to circumvent the page limitations of the Research Plan component. An application that does not observe the relevant policies and procedures may not be considered in the review process. Applicants are reminded to review this FOA for any additional program-specific guidance on Appendix material and other application requirements.

Plan for Sharing Research Data.
The precise content of the data-sharing plan will vary, depending on the data being collected and how the investigator is planning to share the data. Applicants should describe briefly the expected schedule for data sharing, the format of the final dataset, the documentation they will provide, whether or not any analytic tools also will be provided, whether or not a data-sharing agreement will be required and, if so, a brief description of such an agreement (including the criteria for deciding who can receive the data and whether or not the awardee will place any conditions on their use), and the mode of data sharing (e.g., under their own auspices by mailing a disk or posting data on their institutional or personal website, through a data archive or enclave). References to data sharing may also be appropriate in other sections of the application.

 

All applicants must include a plan for sharing research data in their application. The HHS/CDC data sharing policy is available at http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/ARs.htm under Additional Requirements 25 Release and Sharing of Data. All investigators responding to this funding opportunity should include a description of how final research data will be shared, or explain why data sharing is not possible.

The reasonableness of the data sharing plan or the rationale for not sharing research data will be assessed by the reviewers. However, reviewers will not factor the proposed data sharing plan into the determination of scientific merit or the priority score.

 

Sharing Research Resources

HHS policy requires that grant award recipients make unique research resources readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community after publication (see the HHS Grants Policy Statement http://www.hhs.gov/grantsnet/docs/HHSGPS_107.doc.)  Investigators responding to this funding opportunity should include a plan for sharing research resources addressing how unique research resources will be shared or explain why sharing is not possible.

The adequacy of the resources sharing plan and any related data sharing plans will be considered by the HHS/CDC Program staff of the funding organization when making recommendations about funding applications. The effectiveness of the resource sharing will be evaluated as part  of the administrative review of each non-competing Grant Progress Report (PHS 2590,http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/2590/2590.htm).  See Section VI.3. Reporting
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Section V. Application Review Information


 

1. Criteria
 

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process.


 

·         Scientific merit of the proposed project as determined by peer review

·         Availability of funds

·         Relevance of program priorities and the priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

·         Funding decisions may include research portfolio balance, geographic locations ((East, West, North, South),and study population consideration (ethnicity, and SES).

·         Letters of support from partner performance sites are encouraged.  Preference may be given to applicants who provide letters of support from performance sites over those who do not. 

·         Past performance of applicants may be considered in funding decisions. 

 

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications that are complete and responsive to the FOA will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened by CCID in accordance with the review criteria stated below.

As part of the initial merit review, all applications will:

 

·          Undergo a selection process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific merit, generally the top half of applications under review, will be discussed and assigned a priority score

·          Receive a written critique; and

·          Receive a second level of review by HHS/CDC CCID

Applications submitted in response to this FOA will compete for available funds with all other eligible applications. The criteria listed in Section V.1. will be considered in making funding decisions.

 

 

The goals of HHS/CDC-supported research are to advance the understanding of health promotion and the prevention of disease, injury, and disability, and enhance preparedness.  In the written comments, evaluate the application to judge the likelihood the proposed research will have a substantial impact on the pursuit of these goals.  Each of these criteria will be addressed by the reviewers and considered in assigning the overall score, weighting them and weighted, as appropriate for each applications. 

·          Significance

·          Approach

·          Innovation

·          Investigators

·          Environment

 

Note that an application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact and thus deserve a high priority score. For example, an investigator may propose to carry out important work that by its nature is not innovative but is essential to move a field forward.

Significance: Does this study address an important problem? If the applicant achieves the aims of the application, how will it advance scientific knowledge or clinical practice? What will be the effect of these studies on the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, or preventative interventions that drive this field?

Approach: Are the conceptual or clinical framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well integrated, well reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project? Does the applicant acknowledge potential problem areas and consider alternative tactics?
Does the proposal include plans to measure progress toward achieving the stated objectives?  Is there an appropriate work plan and time line included? Does the proposal include descriptions of formative research with immunization providers and parents, description of the pilot project, description of data security measures, description of analytic plan?

Innovation: Is the project original and innovative? For example: Does the project challenge existing paradigms or clinical practice; address an innovative hypothesis or critical barrier to progress in the field? Does the project develop or employ novel concepts, approaches, methodologies, tools, or technologies for this area?

Investigators: Are the investigators appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to the experience level of the principal investigator and other researchers? Does the investigative team bring complementary and integrated expertise to the project (if applicable)?
Has the Principal Investigator or coinvestigator(s) conducted health services research or immunization-related research and published findings in peer-reviewed journals? Do the applicants demonstrate experience in office-based research, i.e., research conducted in outpatient offices and yielding insight into the experiences between patients and physicians in that setting, and immunization-related research?  Does the applicant or any key personnel have expertise in qualitative research? Does the applicant demonstrate an overall match between the applicant’s proposed approach and the research objectives described under the heading “Research Objectives”?

Environment: Does the scientific environment in which the applicant will do the work contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed studies benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, or subject populations, or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is there evidence of institutional support?
 Is there an effective and well-defined working relationship of applicant with performing organization and with outside entities that will ensure timely implementation of the proposed activities? Are there letters of support from all relevant participating organizations and entities demonstrating that working relationship?


2.A. Additional Review Criteria

In addition to the above criteria, the following items will be considered in the determination of scientific merit and the priority score:

 

Protection of Human Subjects from Research Risk: When human subjects are involved, HHS/CDC will assess the available protections from research risk that relate to their participation in the proposed research. [see the Research Plan, Section 2, item 8 on Human Subjects in the SF424 (R&R)] http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm. Additional HHS/CDC Requirements under AR-1 Human Subjects Requirements are available  on the Internet at the following address:  http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/ARs.htm.

 

Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Research:

Does the application adequately address the HHS/CDC Policy requirements regarding the inclusion of women, ethnic, and racial groups in the proposed research?  This includes: (1) The proposed plan for the inclusion of both sexes and racial and ethnic minority populations for appropriate representation; (2) The proposed justification when representation is limited or absent; (3) A statement as to whether the design of the study is adequate to measure differences when warranted; and (4) A statement as to whether the plans for recruitment and outreach for study participants include the process of establishing partnerships with community(ies) and recognition of mutual benefits (see Section 2, item 9 Inclusion or Women and Minorities of the Research Plan component of the SF424 (R&R).  . 

 

Biohazards: If applicants propose the applicant has proposed materials or procedures that are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, HHS/CDC will determine if the proposed protection is adequate.

2.B. Additional Review Considerations

Budget and Period of Support: The reasonableness of the proposed budget and the appropriateness of the requested period of support in relation to the proposed research may be assessed by the reviewers. Is the number of person months listed for the effort of the PD/PI appropriate for the work proposed?  Is each budget category realistic and justified in terms of the aims and methods?  The evaluation of the budget should not affect the priority score.

2.C. Sharing Research Data

 

Data Sharing Plan: HHS/CDC will assess the reasonableness of the data sharing plan. However, reviewers will not factor the proposed data sharing plan into the determination of scientific merit or the priority score. The presence of a data sharing plan will be part of the terms and conditions of the award. The funding organization will be responsible for monitoring the data sharing policy. Program staff will be responsible for the administrative review of the plan for sharing research data.


2.D. Sharing Research Resources

HHS policy requires that recipients of grant awards make unique research resources readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community after publication.  Please see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/gps/8postnew.htm#phs. Investigators responding to this funding opportunity should include a plan on sharing research resources.

 

Program staff will be responsible for the administrative review of the plan for sharing research resources.


The adequacy of the resources sharing plan will be considered by Program staff of the funding organization when making recommendations about funding applications. The effectiveness of the resource sharing will be evaluated as part of the administrative review of each non-competing Grant Progress Report (HHS/PHS 2590 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/2590/2590.htm). See Section VI.3. Reporting .

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

 

Earliest anticipated award date is September 10, 2009

 

 

 

 

Section VI. Award Administration Information


 

1. Award Notices

After the peer review of the application is completed, the applicant organization will receive a written critique called a “Summary Statement.”  The applicant organization and the PD/PI will be able to access the Summary Statement via the eRA Commons.


HHS/CDC will contact those applicants under consideration for funding for additional information.

 

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization.  The NoA signed by the Grants Management Officer (GMO) is the authorizing document.  HHS/CDC will mail and/or e-mail this document to the recipient fiscal officer identified in the application. 

 

Selection of the application for award is not an authorization to begin performance.  Any cost incurred before receipt of the NoA is at the recipient’s risk.  These costs may not be reimbursed to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.  See also Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions.


2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements


The Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR Part 74 and Part 92 have details about  requirements.  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. Additional requirements are available Section VIII. Other Information of this document or on the HHS/CDC website at the following Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/ARs.htm. These will be incorporated into the NoA by reference.
 

The following terms and conditions will be incorporated into the NoA and will be provided to the appropriate institutional official and a courteous copy to the PD/PI at the time of award.


2.A. Cooperative Agreement

 

The following terms of award are in addition to, and not in lieu of, otherwise applicable Office of Management and Budget (OMB) administrative guidelines, HHS grant administration regulations at 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92 (Part 92 is applicable when State and local Governments are eligible to apply), and other HHS/CDC grant administration policies.

The administrative and funding instrument used for this program will be the cooperative agreement U01 an "assistance" instrument (rather than an "acquisition" instrument), in which substantial HHS/CDC programmatic involvement with the awardees is anticipated during the performance of the activities. Under the cooperative agreement, the HHS/CDC purpose is to support and stimulate the recipients' activities by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipients in a partnership role; it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activities.
Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility resides with the awardees for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the awardees and the HHS/CDC may share specific tasks and activities, as defined above.

2.A.1. Recipient Rights and Responsibilities


The Recipient will have the primary responsibility for the following:

 

·          Planning, directing, and executing the proposed project with CDC staff being substantially involved as a partner.

·          Documenting areas where difficulties/barriers arose and how they were resolved.

·          Refining protocols in order to improve the study based on reviewers’ comments in the summary statements.

·          Conducting formative research with immunization providers serving socioeconomically diverse pediatric populations, and with parents.

·          Based on findings from formative research, conduct a pilot project.

·          Obtaining the appropriate human subjects clearances at all participating sites, and working with CDC project scientists to obtain CDC human subjects clearance.

·          Participating in conference calls with project scientists to collaborate on the development of the research protocols and providing progress updates.

·          Attend an annual meeting at CDC or present findings at the National Immunization Conference.

·          Sharing data with CDC scientists.

·          Describing research findings at regular intervals in project reports, presentations at national professional meetings, and publish results of research in peer-reviewed journals.

 

Recipient Organization will retain custody of and have primary rights to the information, data and software developed under this award, subject to U.S. Government rights of access consistent with current HHS/CDC policies.

2.A.2. HHS/CDC Responsibilities


An HHS/CDC Project Scientist will have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards, as described below:

 

·          Monitor the cooperative agreement.

·          Assist in the development, implementation and evaluation of the research project.

·          Provide technical assistance on the selection and evaluation of data collection and data collection instruments.

·          Assist in the development of research protocols involving human subjects for Institutional Review Boards (IRB) review.  If needed, the CDC IRB will review and approve the project protocol or will defer to outside IRB, and may do so on at least an annual basis until the research project is completed.

·          Provide technical assistance in the areas of epidemiological methods, qualitative methods, statistical analysis, and adolescent vaccination.

·          Collaborate with the investigators on interpretation of results and dissemination and publication of results.

·          Plan an annual meeting between awardee/s and CDC to coordinate planned efforts and review progress.

·           


Additionally, an HHS/CDC agency program official or CIO program director will be responsible for the normal scientific and programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the NoA.


3. Reporting

Recipient Organization
must provide HHS/CDC with an original, plus two hard copies of the following reports:

1.      Non-Competing Grant Progress Report, (use form PHS 2590, posted on the HHS/CDC website, http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/forms.htm and at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/2590/2590.htm, no less than 120 days prior to the end of the current budget period. The progress report will serve as the non-competing continuation application.

2.      Financial status report, no more than 90 days after the end of the budget period.

3.      Final financial and performance reports, no more than 90 days after the end of the project period.

 

Recipient Organization must forward these reports by the U.S. Postal Service or express delivery to the Grants Management Specialist listed in the “Agency Contacts” section of this FOA.

 

Although the financial plans of the HHS/CDC CIO(s) provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon 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.

 

Section VII. Agency Contacts


 

HHS/CDC encourages your inquiries concerning this FOA and welcomes the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Inquiries can fall into three areas: scientific/research, peer review, and financial or grants management issues:

1. Scientific/Research Contacts:

Dr. Lourdes Mueller
Extramural Programs
Strategic Science and Program Unit
Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1600 Clifton Road, MS E-60
Atlanta, GA 30333
Telephone: (404) 498-2207
FAX: (404) 498-2626
Email: LMueller@cdc.gov

2. Peer Review Contacts:

 
Gregory Anderson, MPH, MS
Extramural Programs
Strategic Science and Program Unit
Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1600 Clifton Road, MS E-60
Atlanta, GA 30333
Telephone: (404) 498-2275
FAX: (404) 498-2626
Email:GAnderson@cdc.gov

 

 

3. Financial or Grants Management Contacts:

 

Michael Vance
Procurement and Grants Office

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Colgate Building, 3
rd Floor

2920 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
Telephone: (770)- 488-2686
Fax: (770)- 488-2044
Email: mav5@cdc.gov

 

4. General Questions Contacts:

Technical Information Management Section
CDC Procurement and Grants Office
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2920 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, GA  30341
Telephone:  770-488-2700
Email: PGOTIM@cdc.gov

 

Section VIII. Other Information


Required Federal Citations

 

Human Subjects Protection
Federal regulations (45 CFR Part 46) require that applications and proposals involving human subjects must be evaluated with reference to the risks to the subjects, the adequacy of protection against these risks, the potential benefits of the research to the subjects and others, and the importance of the knowledge gained or to be gained (http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm).   Additional HHS/CDC Requirements under AR-1 Human Subjects Requirements can be found on the Internet at the following address:  http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/ARs.htm.

Requirements for Inclusion of Women and Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Research

It is the policy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to ensure that individuals of both sexes and the various racial and ethnic groups will be included in CDC/ATSDR-supported research projects involving human subjects, whenever feasible and appropriate. Racial and ethnic groups are those defined in OMB Directive No. 15 and include American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Applicants shall ensure that women, racial and ethnic minority populations are appropriately represented in applications for research involving human subjects. Where clear and compelling rationale exist that inclusion is inappropriate or not feasible, this situation must be explained as part of the application. This policy does not apply to research studies when the investigator cannot control the race, ethnicity, and/or sex of subjects. Further guidance to this policy is contained in the Federal Register, Vol. 60, No. 179, pages 47947-47951, and dated Friday, September 15, 1995.

 

INCLUSION OF PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 IN RESEARCH
The policy of CDC is that persons under the age of 21 must be included in all human subjects research that is conducted or supported by CDC, unless there are scientific and ethical reasons not to include them. This policy applies to all CDC-conducted or CDC-supported research involving human subjects, including research that is otherwise exempt in accordance with Sections 101(b) and 401(b) of 45 C.F.R. Part 46, HHS Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Therefore, proposals for research involving human subjects must include a description of plans for including persons under the age of 21. If persons under the age of 21 will be excluded from the research, the application or proposal must present an acceptable justification for the exclusion.

In an extramural research plan, the investigator should create a section titled "Participation of persons under the age of 21." This section should provide either a description of the plans to include persons under the age of 21 and a rationale for selecting or excluding a specific age range, or an explanation of the reason(s) for excluding persons under the age of 21 as participants in the research. When persons under the age of 21 are included, the plan must also include a description of the expertise of the investigative team for dealing with individuals at the ages included, the appropriateness of the available facilities to accommodate the included age groups, and the inclusion of a sufficient number of persons under the age of 21 to contribute to a meaningful analysis relative to the purpose of the study. Scientific review groups at CDC will assess each application as being acceptable or unacceptable in regard to the age-appropriate inclusion or exclusion of persons under the age of 21 in the research project, in addition to evaluating the plans for conducting the research in accordance with these provisions.

The inclusion of children (as defined by the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted) as subjects in research must be in compliance with all applicable subparts of 45 C.F.R. Part 46, as well as with other pertinent federal laws and regulations.

The policy of inclusion of persons under the age of 21 in CDC-conducted or CDC-supported research activities in foreign countries (including collaborative activities) is the same as that for research conducted in the United States.


Executive Order 12372 Review

Applications are subject to Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs, as governed by Executive Order (E.O.) 12372. The order sets up a system for State and local governmental review of proposed Federal assistance applications. Applicants should contact their State single point of contact (SPOC) as early as possible to alert the SPOC to prospective applications and to receive instructions on the State process. For proposed projects serving more than one State, the applicant is advised to contact the SPOC for each State affected.

Click on the following link to get the current SPOC list

 http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants/spoc.html

 

Indian tribes must request tribal government review of their applications.

 

Specs or tribal governments that have recommendations about an application submitted to HHS/CDC should send them, in a document bearing the program announcement number, no more than 60 days after the application deadline date, to:

Michael Vance, Grants Management Specialist
Procurement and Grants Office
Announcement Number IP09-005
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
2920 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4146

HHS/CDC does not guarantee to accept or justify its non-acceptance of recommendations that are received more than 60 days after the application deadline.


Public Health System Reporting Requirements

This program is subject to the Public Health System Reporting Requirements. Under these requirements, all community-based non-governmental organizations submitting health services applications must prepare and submit the items identified below to the head of the appropriate State and/or local health agency(s) in the program area(s) that may be impacted by the proposed project no later than the application deadline date of the Federal application. The appropriate State and/or local health agency is determined by the applicant. The following information must be provided:

A. A copy of the face page of the application (SF 424).

B. A summary of the project that should be titled "Public Health System Impact Statement" (PHSIS), not exceed one page, and include the following:

1.           A description of the population to be served.

2.           A summary of the services to be provided.

3.           A description of the coordination plans with the appropriate state and/or local health agencies.

If the State and/or local health official should desire a copy of the entire application, it may be obtained from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) or directly from the applicant.

 

Smoke-Free Workplace Requirements

HHS/CDC strongly encourages all recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and to promote abstinence from all tobacco products. Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities that receive Federal funds in which education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children.

 

Healthy People 2010

The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010," a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas. This FOA is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at www.healthypeople.gov

 

Lobbying Restrictions

Applicants should be aware of restrictions on the use of HHS funds for lobbying of Federal or State legislative bodies. Under the provisions of 31 U.S.C. Section 1352, recipients (and their sub-tier contractors) are prohibited from using appropriated Federal funds (other than profits from a Federal contract) for lobbying congress or any Federal agency in connection with the award of a particular contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or loan. This includes grants/cooperative agreements that, in whole or in part, involve conferences for which Federal funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to encourage participants to lobby or to instruct participants on how to lobby.

 

In addition no part of HHS/CDC appropriated funds, shall be used, other than for normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships, for publicity or propaganda purposes, for the preparation, distribution, or use of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication, radio, television, or video presentation designed to support or defeat legislation pending before the Congress or any State or local legislature, except in presentation to the Congress or any State or local legislature itself. No part of the appropriated funds shall be used to pay the salary or expenses of any grant or contract recipient, or agent acting for such recipient, related to any activity designed to influence legislation or appropriations pending before the Congress or any State or local legislature.

 

Any activity designed to influence action in regard to a particular piece of pending legislation would be considered "lobbying." That is lobbying for or against pending legislation, as well as indirect or "grass roots" lobbying efforts by award recipients that are directed at inducing members of the public to contact their elected representatives at the Federal or State levels to urge support of, or opposition to, pending legislative proposals is prohibited. As a matter of policy, HHS/CDC extends the prohibitions to lobbying with respect to local legislation and local legislative bodies.

 

The provisions are not intended to prohibit all interaction with the legislative branch, or to prohibit educational efforts pertaining to public health. Clearly there are circumstances when it is advisable and permissible to provide information to the legislative branch in order to foster implementation of prevention strategies to promote public health. However, it would not be permissible to influence, directly or indirectly, a specific piece of pending legislation

 

It remains permissible to use HHS/CDC funds to engage in activity to enhance prevention; collect and analyze data; publish and disseminate results of research and surveillance data; implement prevention strategies; conduct community outreach services; provide leadership and training, and foster safe and healthful environments.

 

Recipients of HHS/CDC grants and cooperative agreements need to be careful to prevent CDC funds from being used to influence or promote pending legislation. With respect to conferences, public events, publications, and "grassroots" activities that relate to specific legislation, recipients of HHS/CDC funds should give close attention to isolating and separating the appropriate use of HHS/CDC funds from non-CDC funds. HHS/CDC also cautions recipients of HHS/CDC funds to be careful not to give the appearance that HHS/CDC funds are being used to carry out activities in a manner that is prohibited under Federal law.

 

Accounting System Requirements

The services of a certified public accountant licensed by the State Board of Accountancy or the equivalent must be retained throughout the project as a part of the recipient's staff or as a consultant to the recipient's accounting personnel. These services may include the design, implementation, and maintenance of an accounting system that will record receipts and expenditures of Federal funds in accordance with accounting principles, Federal regulations, and terms of the cooperative agreement or grant.

 

Capability Assessment

It may be necessary to conduct an on-site evaluation of some applicant organization's financial management capabilities prior to or immediately following the award of the grant or cooperative agreement. Independent audit statements from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for the preceding two fiscal years may also be required.


Proof of Non-profit Status

Proof of nonprofit status must be submitted by private nonprofit organizations with the application. Any of the following is acceptable evidence of nonprofit status: (a) a reference to the applicant organization's listing in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; (b) a copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate; (c) a statement from a State taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate State Official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals; (d) a certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status; (e) any of the above proof for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local nonprofit affiliate.


Security Clearance Requirement

All individuals who will be performing work under a grant or cooperative agreement in a HHS/CDC-owned or leased facility (on-site facility) must receive a favorable security clearance, and meet all security requirements. This means that all awardees employees, fellows, visiting researchers, interns, etc., no matter the duration of their stay at HHS/CDC must undergo a security clearance process.

 

Research Integrity

The signature of the institution official on the face page of the application submitted under this Funding Opportunity Announcement is certifying compliance with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations in Title 42 Part 93, Subparts A-E, entitled PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE POLICIES ON RESEARCH MISCONDUCT.

 

The regulation places requirements on institutions receiving or applying for funds under the PHS Act that are monitored by the DHHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) (http://ori.hhs.gov./policies/statutes.shtml).

 

For example:

Section 93.301 Institutional assurances. (a) General policy. An institution with PHS supported biomedical or behavioral research, research training or activities related to that research or research training must provide PHS with an assurance of compliance with this part, satisfactory to the Secretary. PHS funding components may authorize [[Page 28389]] funds for biomedical and behavioral research, research training, or activities related to that research or research training only to institutions that have approved assurances and required renewals on file with ORI. (b) Institutional Assurance. The responsible institutional official must assure on behalf of the institution that the institution-- (1) Has written policies and procedures in compliance with this part for inquiring into and investigating allegations of research misconduct; and (2) Complies with its own policies and procedures and the requirements of this part.

 

Compliance with Executive Order 13279

Faith-based organization are eligible to receive federal financial assistance, and their applications are evaluated in the same manner and using the same criteria as those for non-faith-based organizations in accordance with Executive Order 13279, Equal Protection of the Laws for Faith-Based and Community Organizations.  All applicants should, however, be aware of restrictions on the use of direct financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for inherently religious activities. Under the provisions of Title 45, Parts 74, 87, 92 and 96, organizations that receive direct financial assistance from DHHS under any DHHS program may not engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization as a part of the programs or services funded with direct financial assistance from DHHS.  If an organization engages in such activities, it must offer them separately, in time or location, from the programs or services funded with direct DHHS assistance, and participation must be voluntary for the beneficiaries of the programs or services funded with such assistance.  A religious organization that participates in the DHHS funded programs or services will retain its independence from Federal, State, and local governments, and may continue to carry out its mission, including the definition, practice, and expression of its religious beliefs, provided that it does not use direct financial assistance from DHHS to support inherently religious activities such as those activities described above.  A faith-based organization may, however, use space in its facilities to provide programs or services funded with financial assistance from DHHS without removing religious art, icons, scriptures, or other religious symbols.  In addition, a religious organization that receives financial assistance from DHHS retains its authority over its internal governance, and it may retain religious terms in its organization=s name, select its board members on a religious basis, and include religious references in its organization=s mission statements and other governing documents in accordance with all program requirements, statutes, and other applicable requirements governing the conduct of DHHS funded activities.  For further guidance on the use of DHHS direct financial assistance see Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 87, Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, and visit the internet site:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/

 

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Requirements

Recipients of this grant award should note that pursuant to the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164) covered entities may disclose protected health information to public health authorities authorized by law to collect or receive such information for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability, including, but not limited to, the reporting of disease, injury, vital events such as birth or death, and the conduct of public health surveillance, public health investigations, and public health interventions.  The definition of a public health authority includes a person or entity acting under a grant of authority from or contract with such public agency.  HHS/CDC considers this project a public health activity consistent with the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information and HHS/CDC will provide successful recipients a specific grant of public health authority for the purposes of this project.

 

Release and Sharing of Data

The Data Release Plan is the Grantee's assurance that the dissemination of any and all data collected under the HHS/CDC data sharing agreement will be released as follows:

a.      In a timely manner.

b.      Completely, and as accurately as possible.

c.       To facilitate the broader community.

d.      Developed in accordance with CDC policy on Releasing and Sharing Data.

April 16, 2003, http://www.cdc.gov/od/foia/policies/sharing.htm, and in full compliance with the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), (where applicable), The Office of Management and Budget Circular A110, (2000) revised 2003, www.whitehouse.gov/omb/query.html?col=omb&qt=Releasing+and+Sharing+of+Data and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) http://www.cdc.gov/od/foia/index.htm.

Applications must include a copy of the applicant's Data Release Plan.  Applicants should provide HHS/CDC with appropriate documentation on the reliability of the data.  Applications submitted without the required Plan may be ineligible for award.  Award will be made when reviewing officials have approved an acceptable Plan.  The successful applicant and the Program Manager will determine the documentation format.  HHS/CDC recommends data is released in the form closest to micro data and one that will preserve confidentiality. 

Conference Disclaimer and Use of Logos

{Mandatory for all grants and cooperative agreements.}

Disclaimer: Where a conference is funded by a grant or cooperative agreement, a sub grant or a contract the recipient must include the following statement on conference materials, including promotional materials, agenda, and internet sites:

 

“Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by [insert grant or cooperative agreement award number] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) or the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) .  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”

 

Logos: Neither the HHS nor the CDC (“CDC” includes ATSDR) logo may be displayed if such display would cause confusion as to the source of the conference or give the false appearance of Government endorsement. A non-federal entity’s unauthorized use of the HHS name or logo is governed by U.S.C. § 1320b-10, which prohibits the misuse of the HHS name and emblem in written communication. The appropriate use of the HHS logo is subject to the review and approval of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (OASPA). Moreover, the Office of the Inspector General has authority to impose civil monetary penalties for violations (42 C.F.R. Part 1003).  Neither the HHS nor the CDC logo can be used on conference materials under a grant, cooperative agreement, contract or co-sponsorship agreement without the expressed, written consent of either the Project Officer or the Grants Management Officer.  It is the responsibility of the grantee (or recipient of funds under a cooperative agreement) to request consent for the use of the logo in sufficient detail to assure a complete depiction and disclosure of all uses of the Government logos, and to assure that in all cases of the use of Government logos, the written consent of either the Project Officer or the Grants Management Officer has been received.

 


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