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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: May 8, 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.

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.

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