Considerations

Planning for Year 1

Applicants should plan for the following activities in their first year work plan and budget—

  • Reverse site visit to CDC. A meeting with all funded recipients will be held on CDC’s campus within three months of the award. Applicants should budget for travel expenses for key staff members to attend a two-day meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Baseline program assessment. A summary of baseline measures that describe health outcomes in cancer genomics, access to care, and use of genetic services in the state(s) in which the program is being implemented and a SWOT analysis will be due to CDC six months after the award. CDC will provide a template for this at the time of award. Applicants should allocate sufficient staff time to complete the assessment, and it should be presented on the Gantt chart.
  • Evaluation plan. A comprehensive evaluation plan will be due to CDC six months after the award. Additional details are included in the funding opportunity, and CDC will provide additional guidance at the time of award. Applicants should allocate sufficient staff time to develop the plan, and it should be presented on the Gantt chart.
  • Data management plan. If the applicant is collecting public health data, a data management plan will need to be developed detailing—
    • Description of data collected or generated in the proposed project.
    • Standards to use for collected or generated data.
    • Mechanisms for, or limitations to, providing access to the data, including a description of provisions for protections and privacy.
    • Description of the data standards and documentation accompanying release plans for archiving and long term preservation.

Applying Jointly with Another Organization

This funding opportunity is full and open competition. If desired, two or more organizations may submit a joint application with activities implemented by all parties. This can allow for broader implementation of some activities, such as in multiple states. For example, organizations in multiple states could apply jointly to collaborate on an activity to provide a regional estimate of some surveillance measures. It is important to distinguish this from collaborations with partners to implement specific activities jointly in the work plan.

If applying jointly, the organizations will submit one application, which clearly delineates the party responsible for each task and activity within each strategy. Organizations applying jointly do not need to perform the same activities, but the mutual benefit of applying together for the development, implementation, or evaluation of activities should be clear. Joint applicants are still subject to the funding ceiling listed in the funding opportunity.