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Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network Notice of Funding Opportunity

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders
Developmental Disabilities Branch
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)


This page will be updated regularly to post answers to questions that are received about the Notice of Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-DD19-1901

Funding Opportunity Title: Enhancing Public Health Surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorder through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network

Program Office: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Description: The purpose of this NOFO is to implement a population-based, multiple source surveillance program for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The project will fund sites to participate in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network and will enhance surveillance activities at both previous and newly participating sites through two funding components. Component A is required for all applicants, while applying for Component B is optional. Component A funds surveillance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 4-year-old and 8-year-old children. Component A activities include:

  • Implementing and adhering to the standardized ADDM Network methodology;
  • Renewing or establishing agreements for access to BOTH health and education data sources (electronic and/or paper records);
  • Training staff and offering continued education;
  • Reporting clean, de-identified data with vital records/census linkages to CDC (as part of public health surveillance);
  • Submitting at least two peer-review manuscripts to scientific journals;
  • Engaging partners and stakeholders in activities aimed at increasing use of ADDM data; and
  • Creating and implementing individual site plans for performance monitoring and evaluation.

Component B funds follow-up of 16-year-old teens who were included in the ADDM surveillance data in years 2010 or 2012 when they were 8 years old. Information to be collected on the 16-year-old teens includes data on ASD behavioral symptoms, co-occurring conditions, limitations in activities, and educational service delivery (including transition planning). These data will inform public health strategies to improve identification of and services for children with ASD.

Application post date: 08/01/2018

Letter of Intent due date (optional): 08/17/2018

Informational Conference Call: 08/16/2018, 1:00pm Eastern, Toll-Free Number: 1-800-779-0645, Participant code: 5270319
DD19-1901_08-16-2018_FNLCLR [PPT – 2 MB] | DD19-1901_08-16-2018_FNLCLR-508 [PDF – 427 KB]

Application due date: 10/01/2018

If interested in applying, please check the website for the full NOFO language and application documents. Under “Basic Search Criteria,” enter the exact letters/numbers that are provided below on the “Funding Opportunity Number” line.

Please direct questions regarding the application process to

Questions and Answers

Question 1:  Who should the letter of intent (LOI) be addressed to and what information should be included?
Answer 1: The LOI must be sent via U.S. express mail, delivery service, fax, or email to:

Anita Washington
CDC, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
4770 Buford Highway NE, Room 4116.6, MS E-86
Atlanta, GA 30341

Fax: 770-488-1541 | Email:

The LOI should include the following information:

  • Descriptive title of proposed project;
  • Name, address, telephone number, and email address of the Principal Investigator or Project Director, or both;
  • Name, address, telephone number, and email address of the primary contact for writing and submitting this application; and
  • Number and title of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Question 2:
Do the listed award amounts include both direct and indirect costs? Or direct only?
Answer 2:  The listed award amounts include both direct and indirect costs.

Question 3:  Is the CDC funding 10 additional ADDM Network sites, or will applications for the new NOFO be needed for the current sites?
Answer 3:  The NOFO is open to all current, former, and new sites.

Question 4:  Does the 12,000–25,000 target population include both 4-year-old and 8-year-old children (e.g., 6,000 4-year-olds and 6,000 8-year-olds)?
Answer 4:  No, the total population requirement is separate for the 4-year-old and 8-year-old ASD surveillance areas (e.g., 12,000–25,000 4-year-olds and 12,000–25,000 8-year-olds).