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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: June 26, 2018

Eligibility

We are a CEPH accredited Department of Public Health. Do you have to be a School of Public Health to qualify? We have a new Research Center in our College, Center for Environmental and Workplace Health. We would like to apply for this grant and grow but would like to hear your opinion about what institutions would be most likely to get awarded.

No, a CEPH accredited Department of Public Health is not eligible for this NOFO. An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

Core team or Co-PI– do all of the researchers and staff have to reside in the [name of institution] School of Medicine or for example, can a Co-PI work at another institution that doesn’t have a School of Public Health or School of Medicine. Can the lead investigator on the core research project have a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine with a primary appointment in the School of Population Health at [name of institution]? How closely linked must the proposal be linked to the residency program?

CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization in determining if an application is eligible. An applicant must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her eligible organization to develop an application for support. The NOFO does include review criteria for proposed PI/PDs and additional staff. Please refer to Section V. Application Review Information; 1.Criteria: Investigators. These criteria will be considered in the review process.

Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act. Accredited schools of osteopathy and accredited schools of medicine that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program, or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a preventive medicine residency program. Eligible schools of osteopathy and medicine must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  I am at [name of institution] and am the Director of the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. However, the Department I am affiliated with is Sociology and Sexuality Studies and the College is the College of Health and Social Sciences. Do applicants have to be housed in a school of Public Health, School of Osteopathy or a Preventive Medicine Residency? I was confused by this.  The RFA also mentions training, specifically for Post docs, and residents. We have undergraduate and Masters level students, so we would be focusing on an earlier stage of the pipeline. Would that be considered responsive to the RFA?

Yes, applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency. Other programs are not eligible. CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization in determining if an application is eligible.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her eligible organization to develop an application for support.

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

I am writing to inquire regarding eligibility criteria for Funding Opportunity RFA-DP-19-001.  As per the RFA, eligible institutions are schools of public health or schools of medicine with a preventive medicine residency program. The [name of city] Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has a preventive medicine residency program that has been in existence for almost 60 years. We are fully accredited by ACGME and have an affiliation with the [name of public university] School of Public Health in [our city].  Is it possible for an institution with a preventive medicine residency program not housed in a school of medicine to apply for this grant?

A department of health is not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information, 1. Eligible Applicants. Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education are encouraged to apply for this NOFO.  Additionally, refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

Are accredited public health programs eligible for RFA-DP-19-001, “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers, or only accredited schools of public health? (The NOFO directs interested applicants to a Q and A page, but the page cannot be found by my web browser: “A link to this NOFO and applicant Questions and Answers will be available at CDC Notice of Funding Opportunity/NCCDPHP/Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research.” Perhaps it is simply too soon after the NOFO was released?

Accredited public health programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.

  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

The link is now operational, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/foa/prcs/index.htm.

I recently reviewed the NOFO for RFA-DP-19-001. I wanted to get clarification on the eligibility portion: if we have a CEPH-accredited public health program (not a school of public health – although we are actively working towards this establishment), would that qualify for the purposes of this application?

Accredited public health programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

An investigator from the [name] Cancer Institute at [name of institution] is interested in applying for funding opportunity number RFA-DP-19-001. However, there are some questions regarding the eligibility requirements outlined in Section III of the RFA. For item number three, there are two accreditation requirements. Based on the details we can find at our institution, we do in fact meet these requirements. However, what type of documentation would be required from the [name of institution] to confirm we do in fact meet these requirements? Or do these requirements even apply to us? Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

An applicant must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her eligible organization to develop an application for support. CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization not the individual investigator in determining if an application is eligible. Eligibility will be determine based on being accredited by CEPH or ACGME and no separate documentation is required.

I am writing to inquire about applicant eligibility for RFA-DP-19-001 – Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers. The [name of institution] is both a Hispanic and Asian / Pacific Islander serving institution. However, we have not yet established a School of Public Health, but we have a CEPH accredited Program in Public Health. The eligibility criteria only indicates accredited schools of public health, but does not mention accredited programs of public health that are recognized by the same accrediting body. Are we eligible to apply? If accredited Programs of Public Health do not qualify us, does the fact that we are a Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander serving institution qualify us to apply?

Accredited public health programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

I would like to inquire if you agree our institutions meet the criteria for eligibility to submit an application under RFA-DP-19-001. Our planned application would come jointly from [name of institution A] University and [name of institution B] Health and Hospital System.  A Multi-PI plan will be proposed with one PI from each institution. [Name of] County has operated an ACGME-accredited Preventive Medicine Residency Program since 2001. [Name of institution A] became a formal participant and has been listed as such with ACGME since 2012.  [Name of institution A] is [name of institution B’s] academic medical center partner for this training program. We are both listed on “Section B” of the accreditation page on the ACGME website [link removed]. Our residents spend equal time at these two sites, with most research mentoring, MPH training, and some clinical preventive service training occurring at [name of institution A]. [Name of institution B] provides most clinical preventive service experiences and some public health field experiences through the County Department of Health. The leadership is shared. HRSA funding for the stipends used to support trainees lists [name county] County and [name of institution A] as equal collaborators (Multi-PI award).

This seems fairly straightforward to me, but I want to double check because it is probable the contact PI would be at [name of institution A], and our program is called the “[name of] County Health and Hospitals System Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Program,” a title that predated [name of institution A’s] involvement beginning in about 2012. 

No, an institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency. Departments of health, health systems, or other programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO. CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization in determining if an application is eligible.

According to the NOFO page 21 of 79, Section III. Eligibility Information: Eligibility Category: Others (see text field entitled “Additional information on eligibility” for clarification) – However, there is no text field in the Additional information on eligibility. Under item 3. Special Eligibility Requirements: “In accordance with Section 1706 of the Public Health Services Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 300u-5, academic health centers, as defined in 42 U.S.C 300u-5(d) and Section 799B, as amended 42 U.S.C. 295p, are eligible to apply for funding under this NOFO:  Accredited schools of public health. Eligible schools of public health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B(1)(E) of the PHS Act. It seems we have two different interpretations here.  One is that [name of institution] University would be eligible to submit a proposal and the other is that it must be submitted by an accredited school of public health.  Per the use of the word “are” eligible, I feel as if the University proper is an eligible entity and that an accredited school of public health could submit if they so choose.  We are not wanting to submit two proposals, due to the complexity of our organizational structure, we just want to be sure that our application is accepted and reviewed when it is submitted, and we need to get clarification on what types of organizations are actually eligible.

An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency. Departments of health, health systems, or other programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO. CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization in determining if an application is eligible.

I am writing to ask for clarification about eligibility.  At [name of institution], we have an accredited program in public health, within our Dept. of Public Health & Community Medicine in our school of Medicine.  I have been interested in applying for a PRC for several years and was hoping to respond to this.  Are we ineligible?

Accredited public health programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

Hi, I’m wondering a University with an academic health center but without an accredited school of public health can apply under the RFA indicated in the subject line above.

No, an institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency. Departments of health, health systems, or other programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO. CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization in determining if an application is eligible.

Can [name of institution] University be the applicant as they are not a School of Public Health, but the School of Public Health is a Division/Unit under [name of institution] University? The School of Public Health does not have its own DUNS number as they do not submit proposals without approval from the system.

Yes, an institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be a public or private institution of higher education with a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency. Departments of health, health systems, or other programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO. CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization in determining if an application is eligible.

I’m wondering if a University with an academic health center but without an accredited school of public health can apply under the RFA indicated in the subject line above.

No, an institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

Under Section III. Eligibility Information, #3 Special Eligibility Requirements on pg 21-22, we are accredited (fully, maximum years, substantial compliance) by the ACGME. However, our school does NOT have a Preventive Medicine Residency Program and we are not yet in the process of developing one.   So my question is – would that disqualify us from applying under the terms of this grant? We believe we qualify under the other stated requirements, but were unsure about this section in particular.

Eligible applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency.   If your institution does not have a Prevention Medicine Residency and are not in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program, then eligibility is not met.

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

There is language in the RFA about who is defined as an academic health center. Our school does not have a school of public health or preventive medicine residency. Is there any flexibility in the definition of the academic centers that can apply? Given all of our work and connections to public health and community health, I believe [name of institution] would be an ideal Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Center. 

An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency.   If your institution does not have an accredited School of Public Health or Prevention Medicine Residency and are not in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program, then eligibility is not met.

In reference Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers RFA-DP-19-001, are Schools of Public Health that have received a site visit from CEPH for accreditation but do not have a formal answer on its status eligible to apply and receive funding?

No, an institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency.   If your institution does not have an accredited School of Public Health, then eligibility is not met.

[We are] an institution of higher education that has a School of Health Sciences but no School of Medicine, nor a residency program.  Is the eligibility based on the applicant meeting the requirement of category 1 or category 3? Or meeting the requirements of both category 1 and category 3? Are we eligible to apply?

No, an institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be an institution of higher learning with either a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency; otherwise, eligibility is not met.

We are PIs at the University of [x] in public health who work closely with our DOH Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Division Branch on research and evaluation. There is no accredited school of public health in our state and we have on our team and in our broader department and community partners extensive inter-disciplinary capacity in developing, implementing, evaluating, disseminating, and translating evidence-based public health, including training programs and faculty in epidemiology, health policy and management, community based participatory research, health economics, etc. Are we still eligible to apply for this announcement from our accredited department, or would we need to partner with our medical school to do so?

Accredited public health programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.
  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

In summary, eligible applicants must be an institution of higher learning with either a School of Public Health, School of Medicine with a Preventive Medicine Residency or a School of Osteopathy with a Preventive Medicine Residency; otherwise, eligibility is not met.

What are the eligibility requirements for medical schools that participate in a collaborative preventive medicine residency program?

A medical school must meet the Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.

  • Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019

An application will be non-responsive if it does not meet the requirements outlined in the NOFO, Section III. Eligibility Information.  Non-responsive applications will not be entered into the review process.

Please clarify what documentation applicants who are in the process of obtaining ACGME accreditation should submit in the application.

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of the Accreditation History and participating sites of the Preventive Medicine Residency program noted in their ACGME application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

Is the requirement that the applying institution should be based in US and the research should address public health challenges irrespective of location i.e in the US and/or abroad, or is it that the research should address public health challenges in the US thereby requiring that the target beneficiary populations be in the US?

Yes, applicants must be based in the U.S. and the research should address Healthy People 2020 and other National Strategic Priorities relevant to the U.S. and target populations located in the U.S.  NOFO Section III. Eligibility Information, Part 2. Foreign Organizations states “Foreign organization are not eligible to apply. Foreign components of U.S. organizations are not eligible to apply. For this announcement, applicants may not include collaborators or consultants from foreign institutions.  All applicable federal laws and policies apply.”

Is it okay if the research benefits a non-US population?  Is the requirement that the applying institution should be based in US and the research should address public health challenges irrespective  of location i.e in the US and/or abroad, or is it that the research  should address public health challenges in the US thereby requiring that the target beneficiary populations be in the US?

No, applicants must be based in the U.S. and the research should address Healthy People 2020 and other National Strategic Priorities relevant to the U.S. and target populations located in the U.S.  NOFO Section III. Eligibility Information, Part 2. Foreign Organizations states “Foreign organization are not eligible to apply. Foreign components of U.S. organizations are not eligible to apply. For this announcement, applicants may not include collaborators or consultants from foreign institutions.  All applicable federal laws and policies apply.”

Our university is in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a preventive medicine residency program.  Per the RFA, page 22 of 79, we must include a copy of Section A & B forms in our application.  Where should we upload these documents?  Could we upload in the SF 424 forms, under #12 Other Documents?

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of the Accreditation Information and a list of participating sites of the Preventive Medicine program noted in their ACGME application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019. Supporting documentation may be included in the appendix.

Our Preventive Medicine Residency Program, established in 2015, is ACGME-Accredited with a status of Initial Accreditation. We anticipate full accreditation by September 2019 as required in this grant. Should we still submit the documents Section A (Accreditation Information) and Section B (Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form)?

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of the Accreditation Information and. a list of participating sites of the Preventive Medicine program included in their ACGME application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

 Are Public Health Programs allowed to apply for this exciting funding opportunity?

Public health programs are not eligible to apply for this NOFO.  Refer to Section III. Eligibility Information; 3. Special Eligibility Requirements.  An institution must meet one of the two Special Eligibility Requirements outlined in the NOFO to be eligible for application.

Accredited Schools of Public Health. Eligible Schools of Public Health must be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH). Accreditation is defined by Section 799B (1) (E) of the PHS Act.

Accredited Schools of Medicine with an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program and accredited Schools of Osteopathy that offer an accredited Preventive Medicine Residency program or are in the process of obtaining accreditation for a Preventive Medicine Residency program. Eligible Schools of Medicine and Osteopathy must be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Applicants in the process of obtaining accreditation from ACGME for a Preventive Medicine Residency must include a copy of Section A. Accreditation Information and Section B. Participating Sites of the Preventive Medicine New Application Program Information Form in their application. Accreditation must be granted by the award date, estimated to be September 30, 2019.

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

The NOFO asks that we do a cost evaluation of the core research for dissemination, implementation & translation purposes.  Ordinarily when we do this we include only implementation costs and not the research costs.  In other words, we do not include the costs of evaluation, which is usually quite expensive.  Inasmuch as implementation is usually for the intervention itself, evaluation costs are not relevant.  But I was wondering if that is what CDC had in mind – or do they want us to include evaluation costs as well?

The NOFO states, “An important component of all study types would be the evaluation of the cost of implementation and/or scaling of the research intervention through an economic analysis. The addition of economic evaluation of the cost of implementing the intervention is integral to public health professionals, practitioners, and organizations decision to adopt related to which interventions offer the most improvement of health while minimizing costs.”

An applicant can propose an evaluation of the cost of implementation and scaling of the Core Research Project intervention.

Do applications need to address evaluation in the Core Component section other than to say ‘we will participate in PERS’? The NOFO is not clear.

CDC cannot comment on the content of an application. Refer to NOFO Section, PHS 398 research Plan Component, Research Plan, Center Component for detailed information on what should be included in the application for the Center Component.

Also, as clarification, NOFO Section I. Funding Opportunity Description, Background and Purpose, Evaluation/Performance Measurement., states “PRCs are expected to participate in the PRC Program evaluation conducted via the PRC Program Evaluation Reporting System (PERS). PERS collects data that are used to evaluate the PRC Network and to enhance the PRC Program. PERS assesses and tracks outcomes represented in the Prevention Research Centers Program Logic Model for DP19-001 (see Appendix 1).

The PRC Program aims to answer the following evaluation questions:

  1. To what extent does the PRCs stimulate and facilitate system-wide changes that improve population health outcomes
  2. To what extent does the evidence developed and/or disseminated by the PRCs support and impact the efforts of health departments, community economic development organizations and other public health and community partners
  3. To what extent do the PRCs contribute to public health workforce development
  4. To what extent do investments in PRCs support the scalability, sustainability, and effectiveness of outcomes resulting from community-based or systems-wide efforts to improve population health”

The applicant may provide information on how it will meet the Evaluation/Performance Measurement expectation noted in the NOFO.

Research Plan

Does the Specific Aims page contribute to the page count of a total of 25 pages?   Should the research strategy be organized under the center components listed in the NOFO or should it be organized like last time, as set forth in the SF424?  Would appreciate your help?

No, Specific Aims page does not contribute to the page count of 25 total pages.  The page limit of 25 pages refers to the Research Strategy.   The NOFO outlines the content of the Research Strategy.  The organization of the Research Strategy is left to the applicant.  The Research Strategy is divided into three parts: 1) Significance, 2) Innovation, and 3) Approach.  Under the Research Strategy, the applicant should address the elements listed for the Core Component and Core Research Project Component.   The Center Component is limited to the first 10 pages and the Core Research Project Component is limited to 15 pages of the Research Strategy.

CDC expects applicants to follow the guidance provided in the NOFO.  An applicant will address each of the elements under the Core Research Project Component.  Refer to NOFO section Part 2. Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component for required and optional application components and for instructions for submission.  Core Research Project expectation are listed in NOFO section I, Part 2 Approach, Core Research Project Component; and section III, Part 5.Reserch Plan, Core Research Project Component.

Page 29 of the above referenced NOFO lists the following requirement: Staff “…Curriculum Vitae / Resumes showing capacity and/or experience relevant to the Center’s chosen health focus and proposed activities.”  Are CVs/resumes to be included in the same section as the Bio sketches for Key Personnel? Or in a different proposal section?

Applicants are asked to provide a bio sketch for the PI/PD, Senior Key Persons, and Other Significant Contributors as required by the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  A bio sketch or CV/resume should be submitted for all staff that make up the applicant’s administrative team.  If a staff bio sketch is not provided, the staff’s CV/Resumes may be included in the appendix.

Does the Core Component (10 pages) also need to include separate Significance, Innovation and Approach sections similar to the Research Components?

The Research Plan narrative is composed of components 2 (Specific Aims) and 3 (Research Strategy).  The Research Strategy portion of the Research Plan is divided into three parts: 1) Significance, 2) Innovation, and 3) Approach.  The applicant should address Core Component and Core Research Project activities to be conducted over the entire project period in the Research Strategy.  The Center Component portion of the Approach is limited to the first 10 pages and the Core Research Project Component is limited to 15 pages of the Research Strategy.

The NOFO outlines the contents of the Research Strategy.  The organization of the Research Strategy is left to the applicant.

The NOFO will be amended to correct the language on page 28, Research Plan, Center Component, to change the words “Research Plan” to “Research Strategy”.

Is it possible to use a letter of agreement for our CAB members rather than a MOA? Receiving a MOA within our institution would take months to complete through our legal counsel. We may not be able to obtain a MOA before the CDC deadline. 

An applicant is expected to address the expectations listed in the NOFO.  NOFO section IV, Part  5. Research Plan, Center Component, Activity 1 states, “The contribution of the CAB can be demonstrated by signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) from existing or prospective community advisory board members. The MOU or MOA should clearly specify the activities to be conducted by the board member, roles and responsibilities of the PRC, the roles and responsibilities of the board, and the expected goals of the collaboration.”

When is a MOU or MOA appropriate versus a letter of support? 

The applicant makes the determination of what information best addresses the expectations in the NOFO.  The Research Plan section of the NOFO provides guidance on documentation of collaboration.  Refer to NOFO Section IV., 5, Research Plan for guidance on requirement for a MOU, MOA and Letter of Support.

Since we are a current funding PRC, do we need to include the Progress Report Publication List? This is noted for a continuation and we would like clarification.

The NOFO specifies that Progress Report Publication List is for Continuation applications only.  This is a new application so this component of the PHS 398 Research Plan does not apply. Refer to the PHS 398 Research Plan Component section of the NOFO.

SF424 requires specific sections, such as Significance, Innovation, etc.  Yet the NOFO sets forth 13 components (9 for Center and 4 for Core Research).  The guidelines under these components do not mention Significance or Innovation.  So, do we still include them or disregard and organize the proposal only according to the 13 components.

The NOFO outlines the content of the Research Strategy.  The organization of the Research Strategy is left to the applicant.

The Research Strategy is divided into three parts: 1) Significance, 2) Innovation, and 3) Approach.  Under the Research Strategy, the applicant should address the elements listed for the Core Component and Core Research Project Component.   The Center Component is limited to the first 10 pages and the Core Research Project Component is limited to 15 pages of the Research Strategy.

Is it required that this information on facilities & resources be included in both Infrastructure as well as the form page where this information usually goes?

Refer to NOFO section Part 2. Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component for required and optional application components and for instructions for submission.  The SF424 (R&R) provides guidance on where to note facilities, resources and infrastructure support from the institution.

Since we are a current funding PRC do we need to include the Progress Report Publication List. This is noted for a continuation and we would like clarification.

The NOFO specifies that Progress Report Publication List is for Continuation applications only.  This is a new application so this component of the PHS 398 Research Plan does not apply. Refer to the PHS 398 Research Plan Component section of the NOFO.

Pages 26-27 of the NOFO indicates that applications should include the bolded headers in the section. However, not all may be relevant.  Is an application from a currently funded PRC considered a new application? 

Yes, this is a new application so this component of the PHS 398 Research Plan specific to Continuation or Renewal and Revision applications do not apply.

Can all MOUs and LOS be included in Research Plan Section 14 – Letters of Support?

The NOFO allows the applicant to place MOUs in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

Where should we upload the required assurances? Should the assurances be uploaded in the SSEL, Lobbying field?

A complete application to CDC will include SF424 (R&R) and PHS398 components. The PHS398 should include assurances and certifications. Follow instructions for the SF 424 (R&R) to ensure accurate assurance placement. The SF424 is a component of the Research Plan or you can also place it as an Appendix – Budget Sections.

Does the timeline count against the page limit for the research strategy?

The NOFO asks that the Research Strategy include staffing and a timeline.  The page limit of 25 pages for the Research Strategy would apply.

If an overview of the project timeline is included in the research strategy section, can a detailed timeline be uploaded as a part of the appendix?

The NOFO asks that a timeline is included in the Research Strategy.  The timeline should reflect the project over the 5 years of the award.  Once the NOFO requirements are met, the applicant determines any additional information needed for their application.

Please confirm that the letters of support should be uploaded in the “other research plan section” under letters of support button on the application (see screen shot below).

Yes, letters of support maybe uploaded in the Letters of Support section.

Do the letters of support count against the total number of PDF attachments for the appendix?

If Letters of Support are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

Do the letters of support count against the maximum 50 pages for all appendices?

If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

Is there a page limit for the letters of support?

Follow the page limits stated in the SF 424 (R&R) unless otherwise specified in the NOFO.

Can the MOUs with Community Advisory Board Members be packaged and uploaded with letters of support on the letters of support button on the application?

MOUs and letters of support may be uploaded in the Letter of Support section.

Please confirm that the MOUs should be uploaded in the “other research plan section” under letters of support button on the application (see screen shot below).

Response: MOUs and letters of support may be uploaded in the Letter of Support section.

Is there a page limit for the MOUs?

The NOFO does not specify a page limit for MOUs.

The NOFO states that MOUs and LOS  for collaboration with key stakeholders under the Center component should be included in the appendix and MOU/LOS from research partners under the core research project can be included within the LOS section and will not count towards the page limit. Is this correct? Also, where would the MOU from the CAB be included? In the appendix or with the LOS?

The NOFO allows the applicant to place MOUs in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

Should MOUs from people who agree to serve on the Community Advisory Board be placed in the “Letters of Support” attachment or should they go in the Appendix?

The NOFO allows the applicant to place MOUs in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

Should MOUs or Letters of Support from key stakeholders who agree to serve as translational partners be placed in the Appendix or “Letters of Support” attachment?

Letters of support may be included in the research plan or the appendix.

The outline for the what is to be included in the the Core Research Component section of the application does not actually have a subsection to describe the intervention itself and its components, or its theoretical justification. Where should that go?

It should go under the Research Plan Component, Research Strategy. The Research Strategy should be organized under three headings Significance, Innovation and Approach. Describe the proposed research plan, including staffing and timeline. Refer to NOFO section IV, Part 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component.

Does this mean that the Specific Aims for both the Center and Core Research Project combined must only be one page? Or should each be one page in length, so that the document that gets uploaded to the Specific Aims section would be 2 pages in total?

NOFO section IV, Part 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component outlines the components of the application. Follow the page limits stated in the SF 424 (R&R) unless otherwise specified in the NOFO. The Specific Aims section of the Research Plan narrative should address the expectations for the Center Component and Core Research Project Component, to be conducted over the course of the entire project. The organization of the Research Plan is determined by the applicant. The specific aims section has a 1-page limit. Applicants may combine the specific aims for both the Center and the Core Research Project. A Specific Aim page may be included in the Research Strategy for the Core research project but will count towards the page limit.

Would you be able to tell us whether the Letters of Support should go in the Research Plan or the Appendix?

The NOFO allows the applicant to place letters of support in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If letters of support are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

According to the FAQs and responses, the Research Strategy is to include three sections: Significance, Innovation and Approach. But the evaluation criteria in the NOFO include evaluation for Significance, Investigators, Innovation, Approach and Environment. Which of these should we follow? This is confusing, but important — we do not want to leave out material that will in fact be part of the evaluation. 

NOFO section IV, Part 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Components specifies content of the Research Plan including the Research Strategy.  Applicants should ensure that their application contains information as specified in this section.

CDC will evaluate each eligible application for scientific and technical merit based on the criteria listed in NOFO section V. Application Review Information.

For the biographical sketch, page 32 asks that the PI’s biographical sketch rather than adding the 10 peer-reviewed journal articles would it be possible to include only abstracts, workshops, presentations, and/or previous grant support?

The NOFO specifies the qualifications of the Center’s PI/PD should be documented as peer reviewed publications, previous experience conducting community based applied prevention research, and experience relevant to the Center’s health focus and proposed Center Component and Core research Project Component activities.  The Center’s PD/PI should be an established researcher with the leadership and institutional authority to direct the activities of the PRC. Refer to page 29, Research Plan – Center Component.

In addition, the qualifications of the Core Research Project Component PI should be documented by a Biographical Sketch that includes at least one first-authored journal article or previous grant support for research and at least ten (10) peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to the chosen health topic and proposed intervention. Refer to page 32, Research Plan – Core Research Project Component.

Regarding the documents that should be included. There is a reference of an MOU or MOA, however, it also mentions a letter of support. Is the MOU or MOA required, or would we be able to submit letters of support/commitment in lieu of an MOU or MOA?

The applicant makes the determination of what information best addresses the expectations in the NOFO. The Research Plan section of the NOFO provides guidance on documentation of collaboration. Refer to NOFO Section IV., Part 5, PHS 398 Research Plan Component – Research Plan for guidance on requirement for a MOU, MOA, and Letter of Support.

Regarding letters of support in support of the grant application (RFA-DP-19-001) is there a point person/ physical address the LOS can be addressed to?

Letters of support should be addressed to the organization submitting an application in response to this NOFO.

Ten pages are specified for the center proposal and 15 for the research proposal.  We note that the center proposal should include specific aims.  In keeping with the usual NIH procedure, do the specific aims qualify for a page of their own (plus 10 pages for the center proposal), or must both fit into 10 pages?   Similarly, can there be a separate page for the specific aims for the research proposal or must it fit into the 15 pages?

NOFO section IV, Part 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component outlines the components of the application.    Follow the page limits stated in the SF 424 (R&R) unless otherwise specified in the NOFO.  The Specific Aims section of the Research Plan narrative should address the expectations for the Center Component and Core Research Project Component over the course of the entire project.  The applicant determines organization of the application. Note the Research Plan includes a section for Specific Aims and a section for the Research Strategy. The Specific Aims section has a separate page limit, as specified in the SF 424 (R&R).  Page limits for the Research Strategy are Center Component 10 pages and Core Research Project Component 15 pages, as specified in the NOFO.

The specific aims section has a 1-page limit.  Applicants may combine the specific aims for both the Center and the Core Research Project. A Specific Aim page may be included in the Research Strategy for the Core research project but will count towards the page limit.

With regard to the annual action plans, are the templates in the appendix of the NOFO meant to serve as a guide or should the action plans included in the grant match the format exactly? We have developed work plans that are for 5 years and do not include indicators or data sources. Are these required components or are we able to adapt the action plans? Please advise on the best way to proceed.

The annual action plan format is a suggested template. Applicants should ensure each element listed in the template is reflected in the annual action plan they choose to submit.

Our SO/AO/AOR, is our administrator for the University.  She doesn’t have an active role in our project, but in multiple areas of the RFA it states that these positions would be part of the PRC administrative team.

The PRC’s administrative team should consist of required key personnel – Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD), Authorized Official Representative (AOR), the Signing Official (SO) and Administrative Official (AO), PRC Deputy Director, and Core Research Project PI. The same person can fill the role of AOR//AO/SO.

On page 12 of RFA, it states the AOR/SO/AO is part of admin team, but in the last bullet point of that section, it says:
“This administrative capacity can be demonstrated by a Center level organizational chart, institutional support, and the proposed application budget and budget justification.” Can we just include her in our organizational chart?
Would we have to submit a biosketch for our SO/AO/AOR when she doesn’t have an active role in the project, her position is providing overall Institutional support for sponsored research at the University.

A biosketch should be submitted for all key personnel.

In Year 3 of her proposal, the PI will be teaching breastfeeding class at X University as part of her proposal. It states that there are no Academic instruction or large scale public health training programs will be supported under this NOFO.

CDC cannot comment on a proposed approach or research intervention. Refer to NOFO section IV, Part 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component – Research Plan – Center Component. Guidance on the type of training and expectations supported by this NOFO are listed under Activity 7 (page 31). Train public health and medical practitioners and students and multisector partner.

If our proposed research study is not a clinical trial it is noted that the Data Safety Monitoring Plan and Overall Structure of the Study Team documents are not required but are optional in the SF 424 instructions. Does the CDC require that we attach these documents in the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information section or is it okay to not include?

Applicants are required to submit all required forms as specified in the NOFO.  Refer to NOFO section IV for instructions.  If a form is not applicable, then it is not required.

Can we include an extended table of the CAB members and translation partners (e.g., name, affiliation, description of their qualifications) at the start of the LOS/MOU section of the research plan attachment?  If not, is this information allowed as an Appendix document?

Letters of support may be included in the research plan or the appendix. If Letters of Support are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation. Applicants may determine what to include as an appendix, but all materials placed in the appendix are subject to the page limits.

Basically we are wondering where we should include the Specific Aims for the Core Research Project given the various section page limits:

  • Option A: Can we include both the Center and Core Research Project Specific Aims in the Specific Aims section of the SF424 as a 2 page document (1 page for Center and 1 page for Core Research), even though the SF 424 guidance states that this section has a 1 page limit?
  • Option B: Can we add the 1 page Core Research Project Specific Aims to the 15 page Research Strategy section, for a total of 16 pages for the Research Strategy?
  • Option C: Should we add the 1 page Core Research Project Specific Aims to the Research Strategy section for a total of 15 pages? This would mean that we only really have 14 pages for the Research Strategy section?

NOFO section IV, Part 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component outlines the components of the application.    Follow the page limits stated in the SF 424 (R&R) unless otherwise specified in the NOFO.  The Specific Aims section of the Research Plan narrative should address the expectations for the Center Component and Core Research Project Component over the course of the entire project.  The applicant determines organization of the application. Note the Research Plan includes a section for Specific Aims and a section for the Research Strategy. The Specific Aims section has a separate page limit, as specified in the SF 424 (R&R).  Page limits for the Research Strategy are Center Component 10 pages and Core Research Project Component 15 pages, as specified in the NOFO.

The specific aims section has a 1-page limit.  Applicants may combine the specific aims for both the Center and the Core Research Project. A Specific Aim page may be included in the Research Strategy for the Core research project but will count towards the page limit.

Approach

I am a young MD investigator at the instructor level looking to obtain initial funding for a basic science project related to treatment of osteoporosis and/or inflammatory arthritis/rheumatoid arthritis. I currently work on a mouse model with a strong bone phenotype and I have what I think is a great target to treat bone loss/osteoporosis in systemic diseases. I am wondering if you would be able to tell me whether a project such as mine would be worth submitting for this award. Any feedback would be very helpful.

No, basic science research is not supported under this NOFO.  DP19-001: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers is a NOFO to support applied public health prevention research in one of the following research categories listed in the NOFO – Intervention research, Implementation research, or Public health practice-based evidence research.  The NOFO defines applied public health prevention research as the application and evaluation of research that aims to prevent disease and promote health by developing, disseminating, translating strategies and interventions applicable to public health practice, programs, and policies.

We have a question about the expectations of our local Community Advisory Board members.  We noted that the general guidelines for the local CAB are laid out on page 11-12 of the NOFO.   Is it a requirement that one of our members serve on the national PRC Community Committee as well? We didn’t see that explicitly stated in the NOFO but thought we should run that with you.

The NOFO does not reference a “national PRC Community Committee” or any committees of the PRC Network.  The section of the NOFO referenced (11-12) identifies the expectations of the Community Advisory Board under Approach, Center Component, Activity 1.  Establish and maintain PRC infrastructure (including Community Advisory Board).  Also refer to NOFO section, Research Plan, Center Component, Activity 1. Establish and maintain PRC infrastructure (including a Community Advisory Board) for information on the content of an application for this activity.

Are two logic models required or can a Center logic model with a Core sub-component suffice?

The NOFO does not require applicant to submit a logic model as part of the application.  The NOFO provides a PRC Program logic model for applicants but it is up to each applicant to determine an approach to accomplish the activities and outcomes listed in the logic model.

Community engaged research component – Is it acceptable to have a national partner and disseminate in multiple locations or is it better to disseminate with one local partner? 

CDC cannot comment on a specific Approach to an application.  It’s up to the applicant to determine the best approach to meet the expectation of the NOFO.

We are considering applying to become a PRC. We are thinking of focusing on the social determinants that are specific to the health of refugee and immigrant communities. Do you think this approach might have some interest to CDC and the Center, and is worth considering for a PRC application?

CDC cannot comment on proposed approaches or target populations, however, applicants are encouraged to carefully review the goals and objectives and desired outcomes described in the NOFO.

Approach and objectives can be found in Section I, part 2.  The target population in the NOFO is defined as “Populations experiencing health disparities due to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography (rural, urban), socioeconomic status, disability status, primary language, health literacy, and other relevant dimensions (e.g., tribal communities).  Communities disadvantaged by social determinants of health that create health inequities”.  Additionally, application should align with the public health priorities listed in Part 2. Section I. Funding Opportunity Description of the NOFO.

Have there been successful PRC applicants who have not focused on a single chronic disease?  We are considering what we think is a highly novel type of intervention for girls, one that could have beneficial effects across a range of risky behaviors.

CDC cannot comment on specific approaches or target populations, however, applicants are encouraged to carefully review the goals and objectives and desired outcomes described in the NOFO.

Approach and objectives can be found in Section I, part 2.  The target population in the NOFO is defined as “Populations experiencing health disparities due to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography (rural, urban), socioeconomic status, disability status, primary language, health literacy, and other relevant dimensions (e.g., tribal communities).  Communities disadvantaged by social determinants of health that create health inequities”.

Additionally, application should align with the public health priorities listed in Part 2. Section I. Funding Opportunity Description of the NOFO.

I do not have ten peer-reviewed manuscripts in this area as required in the NOFO.  Can you please clarify my eligibility as PI?  Should we pick a new topic? 

CDC cannot comment on the merit of a proposed PI, a specific approaches, or target populations.

CDC looks at the eligibility of the applying institution/organization not the individual investigator in determining if an application is eligible. Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her eligible organization to develop an application for support. The NOFO does include review criteria for proposed PI/PDs and additional staff. Please refer to Section V. Application Review Information; 1.Criteria: Investigators. These criteria will be considered in the review process.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the goals and objectives and desired outcomes described in the NOFO.  Approach and objectives can be found in Section I, part 2.  The target population in the NOFO is defined as “Populations experiencing health disparities due to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography (rural, urban), socioeconomic status, disability status, primary language, health literacy, and other relevant dimensions (e.g., tribal communities).  Communities disadvantaged by social determinants of health that create health inequities”.  Additionally, application should align with the public health priorities listed in Part 2. Section I. Funding Opportunity Description of the NOFO.

There are no specifics in the NOFO regarding format or page limits for the Research and Translation Agenda. Are there any guidelines on format or limits that should be followed?

The NOFO does not specify a format or page limit for the Research and Translation agenda.  The applicant should provide a Research and Translation agenda that best meets the expectations listed in the NOFO.

Translation Plan: Is the “Translation Plan” referenced on the call the same as the “Research and Translation Agenda” referenced on page 12 of the NOFO? Or are these two separate items?

No, the Translation Plan and the Translation and Research Agenda are different documents.  See expectation for the Translation Plan under NOFO section I. Funding Opportunity Description, 2. Approach, Core Research Project, Activity 4. Initiate translation activities to achieve large-scale adoption of effective interventions. See expectations for the Research and Translation Agenda under NOFO section I. 2. Approach, Center Component, Activity 2. Establish a Center research and translation agenda; and section III. Part 5, Research Plan, Center Component, Activity 2. Establish a research and translation agenda.

Translation Framework: The NOFO references the Knowledge to Action Framework. Can we use a different translation/dissemination framework to support our proposed Center and Research activities?

CDC encourages use of the Knowledge into Action framework.  However, an applicant may use another translation framework, other than the CDC Knowledge into Action Framework, to guide planning for translation activities.

MOUs for CAB and Partners:  If an organization is both a Community Advisory Board Member and a Translation Partner, do you recommend having the organization sign two different MOUs? Or do you recommend they sign a single MOU with responsibilities of both roles included in the single MOU?

CDC cannot comment on the organization of documents such as MOUs.  The applicant may submit the format and organization that best meets the expectations listed in the NOFO.

Action Plan:  The Action Plan Template in the NOFO appendix includes for each component Long Term, Intermediate and Short Term Outcomes that are taken directly from the PRC Logic Model. This same text is repeated across all 13 AP components. Are we supposed to tailor and edit this text specific to our PRC Center and Core Research Aims?

The applicant is expected to submit an Annual Action Plan that reflects its plan for the first twelve month budget period.   The Annual Action Plan template is designed to align with the long term, intermediate term, and short term outcomes reflected in the DP19-001 Logic Model.

It appears that the core research component #2, “Complete Core Research Project,” is where the bulk of our core research will be presented.  The guidelines, however, omit quite a bit of information that we usually include in a rigorous research proposal.  Do we follow only the guidelines in the NOFO or is it appropriate to include other areas as well?

Yes, follow the guidance provided in the NOFO.  CDC expects that an applicant will address each of the elements under the Core Research Project Component.  Refer to NOFO section Part 2. Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component for required and optional application components and for instructions for submission.  Core Research Project expectation are listed in NOFO section I, Part 2 Approach, Core Research Project Component; and section III, Part 5.Reserch Plan, Core Research Project Component.

Also, we usually use guidance from theory for our core research. Nothing about theory is mentioned in the guidelines for core research components listed in the NOFO; therefore, it is unclear if there is a place in the organization of the proposal for theory at all.

An applicant may provide information of its choosing to describe its proposed project. Refer to NOFO section Part 2. Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component for required and optional application components and for instructions for submission.

Can you confirm that only one Core research project is needed (described in 15 pages and 25 pages total for the narrative)?  

Yes, the NOFO will support one (1) applied public health prevention research project (Core Research Project) which uses a community engagement approach to address a major cause of disease, disability, injury, or death in a population experiencing health disparities.

For the Core research project, can there be spin-off projects or is it only one Core research project? 

The NOFO will support one (1) applied public health prevention research project (Core Research Project) which uses a community engagement approach to address a major cause of disease, disability, injury, or death in a population experiencing health disparities.

It appears that the core research component #2, “Complete Core Research Project,” is where the bulk of our core research will be presented.  The guidelines, however, omit quite a bit of information that we usually include in a rigorous research proposal.  Do we follow only the guidelines in the NOFO or is it appropriate to include other areas as well?

Yes, follow the guidance provided in the NOFO.  CDC expects that an applicant will address each of the elements under the Core Research Project Component.  Refer to NOFO section Part 2. Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component for required and optional application components and for instructions for submission.  Core Research Project expectation are listed in NOFO section I, Part 2 Approach, Core Research Project Component; and section III, Part 5.Reserch Plan, Core Research Project Component.

Also, we usually use guidance from theory for our core research. Nothing about theory is mentioned in the guidelines for core research components listed in the NOFO; therefore, it is unclear if there is a place in the organization of the proposal for theory at all.

An applicant may provide information of its choosing to describe its proposed project. Refer to NOFO section Part 2. Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 5. PHS 398 Research Plan Component for required and optional application components and for instructions for submission.

Can you confirm that only one Core research project is needed (described in 15 pages and 25 pages total for the narrative)?  

Yes, the NOFO will support one (1) applied public health prevention research project (Core Research Project) which uses a community engagement approach to address a major cause of disease, disability, injury, or death in a population experiencing health disparities.

For the Core research project, can there be spin-off projects or is it only one Core research project? 

The NOFO will support one (1) applied public health prevention research project (Core Research Project) which uses a community engagement approach to address a major cause of disease, disability, injury, or death in a population experiencing health disparities.

When we address Center component #2, Establish a Center Research and Translation Agenda, is CDC expecting us to include the proposed core research project also in this section?

No, refer to NOFO Section I, 2. Approach, Core Research Project component for expectations and activities associated with the Core Research Project.  The PRC’s research and translation agenda should be provided as part of the application and included in the Appendix section.

The research and translation agenda is discussed under NOFO section 1, 2. Approach, Center Component, Activity 2.  Establish a Center Research and Translation agenda states:

  • Identify proposed prevention research center’s area(s) of focus
  • The PRC will develop a 5-year applied prevention research and translation agenda to guide its Center activities, Core Research Project, and other projects to expand its research portfolio. The research and translation agenda would0 build on the expertise of faculty and staff and address the needs of community
  • The research and translation agenda should describe the high-level strategies the recipient will undertake to translate the findings and products of the Core Research Project and other Center research, and projects or initiatives into public health practice.

The NOFO states that 50% of funding should be allocated to the Center Component. Of that 50%, 30% should be allocated towards Communication, Translation, & Dissemination and 7% should go towards Training. However, how should we allocate the remaining 13% of the budget? We can’t seem to find where this is stated in the NOFO. 

CDC cannot comment on an applicant’s proposed budget allocation.  The applicant should submit a budget that best meets the expectation listed in the NOFO.  The NOFO states “To ensure adequate resources are committed to this component, at least thirty percent (30%) of the funding (direct and indirect costs) provided through this NOFO should be used to support the Center Component activities.”

It also says “To ensure adequate resources are committed to this component, at least fifty percent (50%) of the funding (direct and indirect costs) provided through this NOFO should be used to support the design, development, implementation, dissemination, and translation of the Core Research Project Component activities A portion of Core Research Project funding may include costs of developing translation products.

The NOFO asks applicants to identify a PI and a Deputy Director.  If an application is going to include multiple PIs, is a Deputy Director still required?

As part of the expectations for the Center Component Approach, Activity 1. Establish and maintain PRC infrastructure (including Community Advisory Board), the applicant is expected to establish a PRC’s administrative team consisting of required key personnel – Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD), Authorized Official Representative (AOR), the Signing Official (SO) and Administrative Official (AO), PRC Deputy Director, and Core Research Project PI. Additional staff may provide expertise in evaluation, communication, dissemination, translation, and estimating cost of the intervention.

The NOFO allows for inclusion of a Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan in the application.  Refer to SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for instructions.

Also, please note, NOFO section Part1, Executive Summary, Number of PDs/PIs. “Applications may include more than one PI; however, the first PI listed on the application will be the contact PI for all correspondence. Any additional PIs are permitted, but would be referred to as Co-PIs.”

Description of the components of a required Translation Plan (RFA p. 16-17) are the kinds of components one could only include when the project and research were well underway and some evidence documented. This information would not be available at the time of an application, so what should be in the Plan for purposes of the application? 

See expectation for the Translation Plan under NOFO section I. Funding Opportunity Description, 2. Approach, Core Research Project, Activity 4. Initiate translation activities to achieve large-scale adoption of effective interventions.

Can the implemented intervention include components that might be viewed as treatment, for example, counseling? The NOFO is not clear on this. 

CDC cannot comment on specific approaches proposed in response to this NOFO.  Applicants should carefully review the purpose, expectations and desired outcomes described in the NOFO.  Refer to section I, Funding Opportunity Description; Part 2 Approach.  Eligible applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit based on the criteria listed in NOFO section V. Application Review Information.

Letter of Intent

The letter of intent asks for participating institutions. Does that include [abbreviated name of university] since [name of] University is the name of the applicant?  What other institutions are expected?  We will be working with community organizations and clinics, a hospital, and [city] Health Department, among others.  Should all of these be listed? Or is this only in case we are working with, for example, another university?

NOFO section IV. 3. Letter of Intent outlines the content of the letter of intent as:

  1. Name of the Applicant
  2. Descriptive title of proposed prevention research center including a brief statement of its focus area(s)
  3. Descriptive title of proposed core research project
  4. Name, address, and telephone number of the Lead PD/PI
  5. Names of other key personnel
  6. Participating institutions
  7. Number and title of this notice of funding opportunity: RFA-DP-19-001, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers

For “Participating institutions”, an applicant is expected to list the institutions that will have a role in the administration or implementation of the proposed project. 

Multiple PI Plan

Does one project with multiple PIs need to have a multi-PI plan? 

If an applicant proposes multiple PIs, a Multiple PI Leadership Plan must be included in the application.

Review Criteria

What are the criteria for defining “environment”? Are they based on facilities that would be described/stated in the SF424?  

The criteria for “Environment” is listed in the NOFO for both the Center Component and Core Research Project Component under Section V. Application Review Information, 1. Criteria, Environment Review Criteria – Center Component and Environment Review Criteria – Core Research Project Component.

How is the PI for the Center and/or Core being evaluated?  Is the evaluation based on bio sketches? 

Evaluation criteria for the Investigator is listed in the NOFO Section V. Application Review Information, 1. Criteria, Environment Review Criteria – Center Component and Environment Review Criteria – Core Research Project Component.

Bio sketches are part of the application requirements, but the application will be reviewed in its entirety so the information can be dispersed.

Based on the slides, it appears there are separate review criteria for the Center and Core.  Is the overall score a combination of two scores (combination of Center and Core scores)?  Is there a review criterion for how the two components complement each other? 

Each Component (Center Component and Core Research Project Component) will receive separate criterion scores.    Reviewers will then provide an overall impact score for the application.   Refer to the NOFO Section V. 1. Criteria to view the Overall Impact Review Criteria for the Center Component and Core Research Project Component.  Also, refer to Review Criteria for the Overall Impact – Overall Application.

An Environment section appears to be required in both the Center Component and Core Research Project sections. This seems duplicative, since they will refer to the same research environment. Can we simply put an environment section in one of the sections and in the other just add a reference to it?

Refer to NOFO section IV. Application and Submission Information, PHS 398 Research Plan Component for the required content of the Research Plan.  The review criteria for “Environment” is listed in the NOFO for both the Center Component and Core Research Project Component under Section V. Application Review Information, 1. Criteria, Environment Review Criteria – Center Component and Environment Review Criteria – Core Research Project Component. Reviewers will assess the merits of the application using Environment and the other criteria listed in this section.

I am the PI on this grant (working with Co-PIs). I am a newer researcher in this area, therefore do not have several publications in the field. While I do not have 10 publications, I have > 15 presentations and abstracts on the subject matter of the proposal, have received a state grant, have < 10 peer-reviewed publications (2 are specific to this topic and are first-authored) and also have been elected to a national experts’ panel on this topic.  Will this type of experience be acceptable, or are reviewers specifically looking for the peer-reviewed publication aspect of experience?  I have also specified in our application that we will be receiving mentorship from more experienced researchers given our relative youth in the area.  Related to this above issue, would a letter of recommendation or some sort of other appendix help to demonstrate my capability to execute this grant?

The NOFO specifies the qualifications of the Center’s PI/PD should be documented as peer reviewed publications, previous experience conducting community based applied prevention research, and experience relevant to the Center’s health focus and proposed Center Component and Core research Project Component activities.  The Center’s PD/PI should be an established researcher with the leadership and institutional authority to direct the activities of the PRC. Refer to page 29, Research Plan – Center Component.

In addition, the qualifications of the Core Research Project Component PI should be documented by a Biographical Sketch that includes at least one first-authored journal article or previous grant support for research and at least ten (10) peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to the chosen health topic and proposed intervention. Refer to page 32, Research Plan – Core Research Project Component.

Refer to NOFO section V. Part 1. Criteria for information on the scientific and technical merit of an application will be determined.

NCCPDHP website – NOFO Questions & Answers

Has the Q&A listserv been set-up for the PRC application?  Could you please let us know the status of this and also the listserv for Q&A?

CDC will post applicant Questions and Answers to https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/foa/prcs/index.htm.

Is there a list serv for questions/comments for this RFA. If so, could you please direct me to it?

CDC posts applicant Questions and Answers to https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/foa/prcs/index.htm.

Is there a Q&A section for the RFA? 

CDC posts applicant Questions and Answers to https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/foa/prcs/index.htm.

Data Management Plan

Are there any guidelines on long term archiving of data, specifically qualitative data? 

Refer to NOFO Page 52, Data Management Plan(s) for requirements for a data management plan.  An initial data management plan is needed if public health data is being collected.   Refer to the AR-25 link for required components (5 components).  The data management plans will be reviewed yearly

Allowable Costs

Are tuition and fees (including for international students) allowable expenses for the budget?

Refer to NOFO Page 47, The budget can include both direct costs and indirect costs as allowed. Indirect costs could include the cost of collecting, managing, sharing and preserving data. Indirect costs on grants awarded to foreign organizations and foreign public entities and performed fully outside of the territorial limits of the U.S. may be paid to support the costs of compliance with federal requirements at a fixed rate of eight percent of modified total direct costs exclusive of tuition and related fees, direct expenditures for equipment, and subawards in excess of $25,000. Negotiated indirect costs may be paid to the American University, Beirut, and the World Health Organization.

What is meant by “return of F&A costs,” and to what CDC policy does this refer?

Based on the HHS Policy Statement these costs are identified as “indirect costs” or “facilities and administrative costs.” They generally include facilities operation and maintenance costs, depreciation, and administrative expenses. Organizations must have or negotiate an indirect cost rate to support a request for reimbursement of indirect costs.

Is anything that could be considered treatment covered under Prevention Research Center funding? We ask the question because funding for prevention activities often specifies that the activities should be prevention only and no treatment. This funding does not specify — therefore it is unclear. Please clarify as soon as possible.

Refer to  NOFO Section IV. Application and Submission Information, 11. Funding Restrictions which outline the restrictions for this NOFO.

Budget Preparation

Page 34 of NOFO includes a budget table (under Budget Preparation).  Does the table go into the SF424 budget/budget justification or does it go in the appendix?

In addition to the budget requirements outlines in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, applicants should provide a budget table with separate sections for the Center Component and the Core Research Project Component. This budget table should be included in the application and labeled as “Appendix A: Budget Sections”.

I understand that we need a separate budget and justification for the Center and Research Project, but should Appendix A only include dollar amounts in each section, or are they asking us to include justification also.

The budget table, to be included in the appendix, should reflect the total dollar amounts per cost category for each component as listed in the NOFO.

The NOFO states that a detailed budget and budget justification is required for Appendix A, in addition to the SF424 documents within the application itself.  My question is: Are we only required to do a budget and justification for Year 1, for Appendix A?  Or are we required to do a budget justification for all 5 years of the project in Appendix A?

NOFO Amendment 2 clarifies the follow regarding the Budget Preparation instruction listed on NOFO page 34:
“The budget table to be included in the appendix, should reflect the total dollar amounts per cost category for each component of the NOFO. The budget table should reflect Year 1 of funding.”

The SF424 (R&R) Application Guidelines outlines requirements the budget and budget justification. A budget is required for each budget period or a total of 5 years. The first year budget must not exceed the ceiling amount.

I had a quick question about the budget table requirement in RDA-DP-19-001. Would we need only one table to represent the entire period of performance, or is it preferable to have a table showing each component representing each 12-month period?

NOFO Amendment 2 clarifies the follow regarding the Budget Preparation instruction listed on NOFO page 34:
“The budget table to be included in the appendix, should reflect the total dollar amounts per cost category for each component of the NOFO. “ The budget table should reflect Year 1 of funding.

The SF424 (R&R) Application Guidelines outlines requirements the budget and budget justification. A budget is required for each budget period or a total of 5 years. The first year budget must not exceed the ceiling amount.

The RFA and posted FAQs indicate that we need to submit a budget for each 12 month period in the term (5 years).  However, should we also submit a detailed budget justification for each year of the term as well? The CDC budget justification template asks for detailed costing information by year (salaries by year, fringes by year, travel by year, etc.) so it appears we will need to fill out a separate detailed budget justification template for each year of the 5 year term but we wanted to confirm in advance. Or, are we allowed to include a detailed Year 1 budget justification followed by a summary of any changes to the budget in the out years (Years 2-5)?

A budget for each 12 month period in the term is required along with at a minimum a detailed budget and budget justification for Year 1.

We have been following the instructions in the CDC budget guideline format ( https://www.cdc.gov/grants/documents/Budget-Preparation-Guidance.pdf).   We have been very careful to include ample justification for each item and now our document is about 30 pages long.  Does the Budget justification count towards the page limits in the Appendix section?  The page limit according to the RFA is 50.

We encourage you to follow the 424R&R Application Guidance referenced in the NOFO; it includes information on the budget requirements. NOFO Amendment 2 clarifies the follow regarding the Budget Preparation instruction listed on NOFO page 34:
“The budget table to be included in the appendix, should reflect the total dollar amounts per cost category for each component of the NOFO. “ The budget table should reflect Year 1 of funding.”
The SF424 (R&R) Application Guidelines outlines requirements the budget and budget justification. A budget is required for each budget period or a total of 5 years. The first year budget must not exceed the ceiling amount.

There is a 50 page limit on the appendix.

Appendix

How many appendices would be allowed with the proposal has been clarified.   There were two areas that had contradicting information.  One stated 10 appendices for the Center, 15 for the Research project, then another stated couldn’t exceed 15 PDF files.   

Section 6. Appendix of the NOFO states, “a maximum of 10 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.”  Additionally, Section 7. Page Limitation, states appendices for the Research Plan may not exceed 15 PDF files.  The maximum is 50 pages for all appendices.  Applicants should follow instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

What is the page limit for appendices, 10 or 15? There is conflicting information on the NOFO (page 34 and 35).  Are MOUs included in the appendices or are they included in the letter of support?  Page 30 has conflicting information compared to elsewhere in the NOFO. 

Section 6. Appendix of the NOFO states, “a maximum of 10 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.”  Additionally, Section 7. Page Limitation, states appendices for the Research Plan may not exceed 15 PDF files.  The maximum is 50 pages for all appendices.  Applicants should follow instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Please verify which information is correct on NOFO RFA-DP-19-001 on Section IV 6. Appendix: number of pdf documents allowed in Appendix is 10 (on page 34) or 7. If the entire Appendix is 50 pages and multiple MOUs and letters of support are received from translation partners, what is the NOFO criteria to determine which MOUs and letters of support go into the Appendix and which letters of support go into SF424 Package G 400 9. Letters of Support?

Section 6. Appendix of the NOFO states “a maximum of 10 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.”  Additionally, Section 7. Page Limitation, states appendices for the Research Plan may not exceed 15 PDF files.  The correct maximum is 10 PDF documents with a maximum number of 50 pages for all appendices.  The NOFO will be amended to correctly state that both references to PDF documents should read 10.

The NOFO allows the applicant to place MOUs in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

The NOFO specifies a limit of 10 pdfs (page 34 of 79) and also 15 pdfs (page 35 of 79). How many pdfs are allowable in the Appendix?

Section 6. Appendix of the NOFO states “a maximum of 10 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.”  Additionally, Section 7. Page Limitation, states appendices for the Research Plan may not exceed 15 PDF files.  The correct maximum is 10 PDF documents with a maximum number of 50 pages for all appendices.  The NOFO will be amended to correctly state that both references to PDF documents should read 10.

Should the assurances be uploaded in the appendix?

Follow instructions for the SF 424 (R&R) to ensure accurate assurance placement.

If the assurances are uploaded to the appendix, do they count against the total page limit of the appendix?

Yes, they would count towards the total page limit of the appendix.

Please clarify whether or not the timeline can be included as an appendix. 

No, the NOFO asks the Research Strategy to include staffing and a timeline.

Do the MOUs count against the total number of PDF attachments for the appendix?

MOUs and letters of support uploaded in the Letter of Support section do not count against the total number of PFD attachment in the Appendix.

Do the MOUs count against the maximum 50 pages for all appendices?

MOUs and letters of support uploaded in the Letter of Support section do not count against the total number of PFD attachment in the Appendix.

The NOFO has conflicting information regarding the number of PDFs allowed. It states a 50 page limit but lists both 10 and 15 as the maximum number of PDFs.

 Section 6. Appendix of the NOFO states “a maximum of 10 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.”  Additionally, Section 7. Page Limitation, states appendices for the Research Plan may not exceed 15 PDF files.  The correct maximum is 10 PDF documents with a maximum number of 50 pages for all appendices.  The NOFO will be amended to correctly state that both references to PDF documents should read 10.

The NOFO allows the applicant to place MOUs in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

I understand the 50 page limit and it appears that up to 25 (10 + 15) appendices are allowed. Or, it only 10 appendices that are allowed (and 3 publications are allowed moving this up to 13 PDF files)? Would you clarify how many appendices are allowed? And that the total page limit for appendices is 50 pages?

Section 6. Appendix of the NOFO states “a maximum of 10 PDF documents are allowed in the appendix.”  Additionally, Section 7. Page Limitation, states appendices for the Research Plan may not exceed 15 PDF files.  The correct maximum is 10 PDF documents with a maximum number of 50 pages for all appendices.  The NOFO will be amended to correctly state that both references to PDF documents should read 10.

The NOFO allows the applicant to place MOUs in the letters of support section of the Research Plan or in the appendix.  If MOUs are placed in the appendices, they will be subject to the maximum of 10 PDF documents and 50 page limitation.

Can the implementation timeline be included as an appendix?

Yes, the NOFO Implementation Timeline is provided for use in planning activities over the period of performance of the NOFO. The Annual Action Plan is a detailed 12-month plan for Center Component and Core Research Project activities for the first budget period.

Under Activity 1 of the Core component, it says that the application should “Provide evidence of prevention research, projects and activities that are supported by other sources of funding. Include sources of funding, amount, and dates of funding.”  It would be difficult to include this level of detail in the text of the proposal.  Is this information allowed as an Appendix document?

Supporting documentation may be included in the appendix.

Under Activity 1 of the Core components, it says, “The CAB should have Standard Operating Procedures with defined roles, responsibilities, operating guidelines and procedures, and training and knowledge requirements.”  Can our Center’s CAB procedures be included as an Appendix document?

Center’s CAB procedures may be included in the appendix.

Are we allowed to include a list of Center publications as an Appendix document?

Supporting documentation may be included in the appendix.

I was wondering whether the appendix should include the logic model, Modified K2A Framework, Annual action plan. The call requires that the annual action plan be in the appendix but does not clarify where the logic model and the K2A framework would go. Could you please clarify this? 

The Annual Action Plan can be included as an appendix. The NOFO provides a logic and K2A framework for reference to the applicant.  Neither are required as part of the application.  An applicant my elect to submit supporting materials for their proposed application in the appendix.

General

Do you anticipate there will be a competition next year as well. If not, when might we expect the next solicitation to be released? Thank you very much for your time.

No, there will not be a competition to select PRC recipients next year.  Through RFA-DP19-001, CDC anticipates funding 20-30 awards for the entire 5-year project period, September 30, 2019 – September 29, 2024.  Institutions selected for award will be funded for 5 years contingent upon 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.

We just wanted to confirm that the timeframe for this grant, RFA-DP-19-001, is September 30, 2019 – September 29, 2024; and not a start date of September 2018.  Also, does the application require just a one year (first year) budget, or is a five year budget required?

Correct, the NOFO is for project period September 30, 2019 to September 29, 2024.  The application requires a budget for each budget period or a total of 5 years.  The first year budget must not exceed the ceiling amount.

Could you please advise if RFA-19-001 is a one-time announcement or is it an annual RFA?

No, there will not be a competition to select PRC recipients next year.  Through RFA-DP19-001, CDC anticipates funding 20-30 awards for the entire 5-year project period, September 30, 2019 – September 29, 2024.  Institutions selected for award will be funded for 5 years contingent upon 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.

Biosketch/CV

The biosketch requirements for the PI appear to be different, or at least an addition to what is normally in an NIH-format biosketch. Is this only for the PI? What is the biosketch or CV format called for?

Applicants are asked to provide a biosketch for the PI/PD, Senior Key Persons, and Other Significant Contributors as required by the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  A biosketch or CV/resume should be submitted for all staff that make up the applicant’s administrative team.  If a staff biosketch is not provided, the staff’s CV/Resumes may be included in the appendix.

Application

Since applications are going through Grants.gov, is there a PDF package that PI can work on before submitting?

Applicants may view the package through the link provided in grants.gov under the Package tab for this NOFO. However, applications are to be submitted through Workspace and the Institution AOR will need to assign forms in Workspace to the PI. The PI may then download the fillable forms from Workspace.

Just to clarify, can we use Assist, Workspace or another systems assistance software as long as it goes through Grants.gov?

For submission, grants.gov approved system to system software or workspace is fine to submit through grants.gov.  We are not using ASSIST for this NOFO.

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