Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) OE22-2202: Enhancing U.S. Clinical Laboratory Workforce Capacity

OE22-2202 is a three-year cooperative agreement (CoAg) managed by CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services. Read and download the OE22-2202 Complete Package; use this document to locate page references in the information below. 

Status Update

The application process is open. For more information, visit the solicitation on or email 

Important Dates

Letter of Intent Deadline  

Thursday, March 10, 2022 

Participate in an Informational Conference Call for Potential Applicants 

CDC will conduct one informational conference call for interested applicants on the following date and time:  

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time 

Use one of these conference call numbers:  

  • +1 669 254 5252  
  • +1 646 828 7666  
  • +1 669 216 1590  
  • +1 551 285 1373  

Meeting ID: 160 604 8787 

Password: 61652673  

Application Deadline  

April 25, 2022, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Daylight Time, to be submitted on 


This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement is intended to help CDC reach a larger proportion of clinical laboratory professionals and bridge, train, and sustain the laboratory community to support rapid, large-scale responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies. This NOFO aims to support the following strategies to help build laboratory preparedness and response competencies among clinical laboratory professionals:  

Bridge— strengthening essential links between clinical laboratory and public health laboratory training/continuing education professionals and staff at CDC 

Train— developing and evaluating education and training resources for clinical laboratory professionals 

Sustain— expanding the reach of CDC’s training and workforce development resources among the clinical laboratory community and promoting awareness of the laboratory profession to broader audiences  

Successful outcomes of the work performed under this CoAg depend on:  

  • The capacity to expand the reach of training and workforce development resources among the clinical laboratory community across the US  
  • The ability to provide technical assistance and logistical support to CDC for training and workforce needs assessments  
  • The ability to develop and evaluate education and training resources for clinical laboratory professionals to be ready, respond, and lead others 
  • A history of successful partnerships, credibility, and influence among clinical laboratories and clinical laboratory staff 



This NOFO is a full and open, unrestricted eligibility opportunity. Varying organizational types are eligible to apply. Read the announcement for additional information.

Funding Period

This NOFO has an annual total award ceiling of approximately $1 million.  

Budget period length: 12 months 

Period of Performance: 3 years (September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2025) 

How to Find the Notice of Funding Opportunity

The official notice of funding opportunity, which specifies the required attachments and all other documentation needed to apply, is available on the website. To view the entire announcement and learn about the CDC application process, go to   

How to Apply

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

NOFO Documents and Important Resources