Notice of Intent to Publish a Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® Funding Opportunity Announcement (U19)

Notice Number: NOT-OH-20-005

Key Dates
Release Date: March 4, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: June 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date: October 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date: September 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date: September 2021

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Issued by
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to publish a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®.

The NIOSH Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® advance the overall safety, health, and well-being of the diverse population of workers in our nation.

This Notice informs potential applicants about the framework for the next FOA, where to find additional information on the current program, and how to find information on priority areas or emerging issues. Interested applicants can use this information to begin to consider project ideas and collaborations for this upcoming FOA. The next FOA will use the U19 activity code.

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding: To be determined (TBD)
Expected Number of Awards: NIOSH anticipates funding 6-8 centers under the next FOA.
Estimated Award Ceiling: TBD based on available funds.
Primary CFDA Numbers: 93.262

Center Framework

Center Cores and Components
Three functional core areas being considered are: a) Planning and Evaluation, b) Research, and c) Outreach. Components of these core areas are outlined below.

Overall Component/Section
Provides an overview of the proposed center. States how cores, components and projects interact and  inter-relate. The budget for this section comes from the budgets for the separate cores and projects.

Planning and Evaluation Core
This core is expected to include the following activities:

  • Center Coordination and Management
  • Advisory Committees
  • Emerging issues program
  • Evaluation Program

NIOSH expects to streamline evaluation requirements with a program planning and evaluation logic model framework.

Research Core
The Research Core is expected to include multiple (3-5) individual research project applications. Research project proposals must clearly identify and address: occupational burden estimates, the need for the proposed work, and the potential for impact.

Types of research projects can include:

Inclusion of an optional Pilot/Feasibility Research Program is anticipated.

Outreach Core
Outreach activities include: development and dissemination of communication products on specific issues or worker populations, educational or training materials, and other efforts toward evidence-based prevention activities to protect and improve occupational safety and health.

Additional Information Available
Information on the 6 current centers is available at:

Information on Total Worker Health® can be found at:

The Total Worker Health® program highlights critical priority areas and emerging issues to help address evolving challenges for worker safety, health, and well-being at the following website:

To learn more about the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being (HWD) Cross-Sector, please refer to

Intermediate goals specify desired actions of external stakeholders using NIOSH research findings and outputs. Learn more about the NIOSH program intermediate goals at:


Applications are not being solicited at this time. Inquiries are welcome and should be directed to:

Maria Lioce, MD
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Telephone: 404-498-2575