Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) OE20-2001: Enhancing Public Health Laboratory Capabilities and Increasing Capacity

A five-year umbrella cooperative agreement (CoAg) managed by CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems , Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.


This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announces a 5-year CoAg to improve the effectiveness and functionality of public health laboratories (PHLs) individually and as components of a national system, to improve public health in the United States and globally. This NOFO aims to support four categories of strategies that will enhance the capabilities and increase the capacities of public health laboratories by strengthening:

  • Science, management, and operations
  • Policy, partnership, and communication
  • Training and capacity building
  • Laboratory quality, safety, and informatics for public health testing services, surveillance, and response

These four categories of strategies will be operationalized through the following nine focus areas:

  • Foundational leadership and support
  • Environmental health
  • Foodborne, waterborne, and environmentally transmitted diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Informatics
  • Newborn screening and genetics
  • Preparedness and response
  • Quality and safety systems
  • Workforce development

The goals of this NOFO are in accordance with the Healthy People 2020 goals. The success of this CoAg requires that the recipient has:

  • Superior expertise in public health laboratory practice
  • A history of successful partnerships with public health laboratories
  • Credibility and influence among public health laboratories
  • A track record of improving public health laboratory practice, providing training and continuous education for public health laboratorians, promoting careers in public health laboratory practice, and preparing the future generation of laboratory leaders.

The funded recipient must have the capacity to meet all of the measurable program outcomes specified in the NOFO,  which will culminate in the improved effectiveness of public health laboratories.


This NOFO is a single-source eligibility opportunity. Only one applicant, the Association for Public Health Laboratories, is eligible to apply for this NOFO.

Funding Period

Budget period length: 12 months (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)

Period of Performance: 5 years (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2025)

How to Find Notice of Funding Opportunity

The official notice of funding opportunity, required attachments, and all other documentation needed to apply are available at To view the entire announcement and learn about the CDC application process, go to and click on Search Grants and enter the keywords “Public Health Laboratories” in the search field.

How to Apply

For access to complete instructions on how to apply for this funding opportunity, visit

Important Dates

Letter of Intent Deadline

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Informational Conference Call for Potential Applicants

CDC will conduct at least two informational conference calls for interested applicants on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern Time

The conference line number is 1-855-644-0229; use participant code 1436261.
Additional calls will be scheduled if needed.

Application Deadline

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Attachments and Important Resources

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Focus Area Appendices

Logic Model

Other Material

Budget Preparation Guidelines

Tips from CDC about How to Apply for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

Contact Information

For more information, email