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

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.

Purpose

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.