Apply for CFA Funding
Partner with CFA to Improve Outbreak Response Using Disease Modeling and Analytics
The Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics’ (CFA) new cooperative agreement aims to improve outbreak response and enhance the federal, state, and local ability to control epidemics and pandemics.
Grantees will work with CFA to develop a network of innovators to design, prototype, test, and scale ground-breaking capabilities for improving analytics, modeling, and forecasting. Our efforts will support decision-makers during outbreaks of infectious diseases (both known and newly emerging) in the United States.
Partnership and collaboration between academia, public health, health care and the private sector are at the core of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). See more information and guidelines below before submitting your application.
The purpose of the cooperative agreement is to save lives through improving public health response to disease threats.
CDC will hold an informational call May 22, 2023, for those interested in applying. Register for the webinar.
CFA will fund three primary areas: Innovation, Integration, and Implementation. Applicants must select one of these three areas.
CFA will support a network to improve speed, accuracy, and use of data & analytics during health emergencies, to include:
- Innovators to advance the science of outbreak analytics
- Integrators to design and test innovative capabilities in collaboration with public health jurisdictions
- Implementors to scale innovations among jurisdictions
Purpose is to develop a pipeline of new analytical methods, tools, and/or platforms that will support the modeling efforts that will ultimately be used to provide input to public health decision-makers.
Purpose is to take the most promising approaches from the innovation pipeline or an approach already in development and pilot test in an organization that has public health decision-makers who would benefit from the pilot output. This would involve testing in the real world, for example using models and forecasts within a single county or city. A critical aspect of these activities includes a focused evaluation component to gauge successes and/or failures.
Purpose is to scale and bring online those pilot projects that have been shown to work. An example might be implementing the approach in an entire state. The goal is for local level jurisdictions to use new analytical tools that have been tested and proven to work. This includes a trained workforce that is self-sufficient using models and forecasts to help local authorities make the best decisions for public health outcomes for their jurisdiction.
- Unrestricted (open to all entities)
Application Due Date:
- July 14, 2023
Estimated Award Date:
- September 8, 2023
- September 29, 2023 – September 30, 2028
Letter of Intent (LOI):
You must submit an LOI by midnight, June 14, 2023. The purpose of this letter is to inform CDC that you are interested in applying for funding under CDC-RFA-FT-23-0069.
The LOI should be submitted in the first 30 days after the application is released. The Letter Of Intent should include the following information:
- Descriptive title of proposed project
- Name, address, telephone number, and email address of the Principal Investigator/Project Director
- Name, address, telephone number, and email address of the primary contact for writing and submitting this application
- Number and title of this funding opportunity
- Selected program components for planned program
Please submit your LOI via e-mail to: SROSS@CDC.gov
- Responding to public health threats with advanced analytics, modeling, forecasting and critical data collection
- Providing technical assistance to federal and STLT response entities
- Participating in ensemble forecasts, or other analytical inputs, and expert reviews of analytic output with CDC and other partners
- Developing analytic tools and platforms by applying new technologies or methodologies
- Producing innovative analytic products and output by using novel data or synthesizing diverse data
- Applied infectious disease modeling workforce development and training
- Refining, implementing, and evaluating analytic approaches for use by the implementing partner
- Enabling tools and practices for use in real-world settings
- Implementing methods, tools and practices through developing tailored approaches that support implementing partner decision requirements
- Transitioning outbreak analytic and disease modeling innovations to operations of the implementing partner
- Establishing mechanisms that support “always on” or response-ready data collection in the context of the implementing partner’s data system and infrastructure
- Evaluate and document the process and results of the integration effort in supporting public health emergency response decision making and effectiveness
- Identifying, developing, refining, and scaling the implementation of promising outbreak analytic and decision support practices across regional, national or international public health jurisdictions
- Partnering with decision makers across jurisdictions and sectors to tailor analytic output, tools and technical assistance to effectively meet the real-time needs to support action during public health emergencies
- Developing practical training in outbreak analytics, modeling, and forecasting for public health professionals
- Coordinating the network by convening regular and ad hoc meetings, supporting information and personnel exchange
- Coordinating communication activities related to work of all the recipients
- Increasing decision maker awareness of the utility of outbreak analytics and modeling to support action
- Promoting high-quality outbreak analytics and modeling through initiatives such as standards development
- Coordinating collaboration with other networks developing or implementing disease modeling, outbreak surveillance, or other related activities
What is the application due date?
The application should be submitted by July 14, 2023.
What form do I use to submit my application?
CDC uses the SF424 and has adopted the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide located at this Web site: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide.htm
Where can I find additional information on submission of my application?
For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see the following Web sites: SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information, respectively.
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply- for- grants.html
Must I have all my Institutional Review Board (IRB) assurances to submit my application (if applicable)?
You do not need IRB approval when you submit your application. However, if you receive an award, a portion of your funds will be restricted until all of your IRB assurances are in place.
Who will review my application?
Subject Matter Experts within CDC.
For additional application and grant questions, please visit the Grants Learning Center here.