Department of Health and Human Services
Part 1. Overview Information

 

Participating Organization(s)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The policies, guidelines, terms, and conditions of the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) might differ from those used by the HHS National Institutes of Health (NIH). If written guidance for completing this application is not available on the CDC website, then CDC will direct applicants elsewhere for that information.

Components of Participating Organizations

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Funding Opportunity Title

Extension of the World Trade Center Health Registry (U50)

Activity Code

U50 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements

Announcement Type

Reissue of RFA-OH-16-001

Related Notices
  • September 18, 2020 - Update for RFA-OH-21-003. See Notice NOT-OH-21-001.
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-OH-21-003

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Number of Applications

Eligible applicant institutions may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. See Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.262

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The purpose of this FOA is to extend and expand the World Trade Center Health Registry developed and managed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a cooperative agreement with CDC. The new project will ensure ongoing data collection for victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC). The registry will continue to provide a central, unified database to assess short-term and long-term health effects among persons exposed to the WTC disaster. As noted in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–347; see 42 USC 300mm–52), the WTC Program Administrator shall ensure that a registry of such victims is maintained that is at least as comprehensive as the World Trade Center Health Registry maintained under the arrangements in effect as of January 1, 2015, with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for the purpose of ensuring ongoing data collection relating to victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Key Dates

 

Posted Date

July 24, 2020

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

November 2, 2020

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

November 6, 2020

Application Due Date(s)

December 11, 2020

On-time submission requires that electronic applications be error-free and made available to CDC for processing from eRA Commons on or before the deadline date. Applications must be submitted to and validated successfully by Grants.gov/eRA Commons no later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the listed application due date.

Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to start the registration process at least 4 weeks prior to the application due date

Note: HHS/CDC grant submission procedures do not provide a period of time beyond the application due date to correct any error or warning notices of noncompliance with application instructions that are identified by Grants.gov or eRA systems (i.e., error correction window).

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

March 2021

Advisory Council Review

March 2021

Earliest Start Date

July 1, 2021

Expiration Date

December 14, 2020

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.


There are several options available to submit your application through Grants.gov to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners. You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.

  1. Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
  2. Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to Grants.gov and eRA Commons to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.

  3. Use Grants.gov Workspace to prepare and submit your application and eRA Commons to track your application.


  4. Table of Contents

    Part 1. Overview Information
    Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement

    Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
    Section II. Award Information
    Section III. Eligibility Information
    Section IV. Application and Submission Information
    Section V. Application Review Information
    Section VI. Award Administration Information
    Section VII. Agency Contacts
    Section VIII. Other Information


    Part 2. Full Text of Announcement
    Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

    The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) is authorized under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Section 20(a) and 21(a) (29 USC 669(a) and 29 USC 670); Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, Section 501(a), 30 USC 951(a); Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241); Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 75; and the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111347; 42 USC 300mm – 300mm–61).

    Background

    In 2002, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the New York City Health Department established the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry with the goal of monitoring the health of people directly exposed to the WTC disaster.

    This goal included identifying long-term physical and mental health effects of the 9/11 WTC disaster; disseminating findings and recommendations to enrollees and others exposed, the public, and the scientific community; sharing information about 9/11-related resources and services; and informing healthcare policy and disaster response planning.

    The Registry is an ongoing collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It is the largest post-disaster exposure health registry in U.S. history and includes a diverse cohort of over 71,000 directly affected people who performed 9/11-related rescue/recovery work or lived, worked, or attended school in lower Manhattan on 9/11/01.

    To date, the Registry has completed four major health surveys, and the fifth major health survey (“Wave 5”), launched in 2020, is under way. During 2003–2004, over 71,000 persons voluntarily enrolled in the Registry by completing the first health survey (“Wave 1”). The Registry completed its first follow-up health survey (“Wave 2”) for adults in 2007 and for child enrollees in 2008. The Registry completed its second follow-up survey (“Wave 3”) for adults, adolescents, and parents of adolescents in 2011–2012, and third follow-up survey ("Wave 4") in 2015-2016. The results of these surveys help determine to what extent physical and mental health conditions have persisted, and whether any new symptoms and conditions have emerged. Another important goal is to identify and help address gaps in physical and mental health care.

    The Registry's annual reports, prepared for enrollees and the public, include information on its key activities and accomplishments, as well as details on recent findings about the health consequences of 9/11.

    Purpose

    The WTC Health Registry continues to provide a central, unified database to assess short-term and long-term health and well-being effects among persons exposed to the WTC disaster. The purpose of this FOA is to extend and expand the WTC Health Registry developed and managed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Extending and continuing the WTC Health Registry will ensure ongoing data collection for victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the WTC.

    As noted in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–347; 42 USC 300mm – 300mm–61), the WTC Program Administrator shall ensure that such a registry is maintained and is as comprehensive as the WTC Health Registry in effect as of January 1, 2015, with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for ensuring ongoing data collection relating to victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

    A substantial amount of information about the WTC Health Registry is available at https://www1.nyc.gov/site/911health/about/wtc-health-registry.page. Current activities include periodic follow-up surveys, epidemiological analyses, cancer and mortality assessments, validating registry findings, identifying and investigating emerging health conditions, and facilitating independent, collaborative research with qualified researchers. There are also a variety of activities related to registry maintenance, registry outreach, dissemination, quality assurance, quality control, coordination, and collaboration.

    Research Objectives

    The overall objective of this announcement is to solicit meritorious and scientifically rigorous research applications that address the Zadroga Act mandate to extend and expand the WTC Health Registry developed and managed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in a cooperative agreement with CDC. This will ensure ongoing data collection for victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the WTC. The WTC Health Registry will continue to provide a central, unified database to assess long-term health and well-being effects among persons exposed to the WTC disaster.

    The specific aims of this project are to:

    Maintain the Registry as a public health resource to allow health professionals to track and investigate possible trends in illness and recovery;

    Expand knowledge about the long-term health effects of 9/11 by facilitating research (e.g., medical, public health, emergency preparedness research, or other scientific research relevant to the WTC Health Program) with emphasis on impacts to those who lived, worked, or attended school in the disaster area (i.e., for the WTC survivor cohort, who do not qualify for WTC responder benefits);

    Conduct community activities to respond to the physical and mental health concerns and specific healthcare needs of enrollees and others exposed to 9/11;

    Maintain the 9/11 Treatment Referral Program to help enrollees and others find care for 9/11- related health problems; and

    Collaborate with other WTC Health Program entities (e.g., Data Centers, Clinical Centers of Excellence and Surge Clinics, and the Nationwide Provider Network), as needed, through appropriate data use agreements and protections (e.g., business associate agreement (BAA)) to explore surveillance signals and treatment outcomes as follows:

    • 9/11 linkage with uncommon health conditions, such as cancer and autoimmune, neurological and neurocognitive disease (including age at diagnosis);
    • Treatment outcomes for selected conditions linked to 9/11; and
    • Flexibility in initiating and conducting activities required to address emerging WTC Health Program priorities regarding health and wellness issues during the operating period of this funding opportunity.
    Healthy People 2020 and other National Strategic Priorities

    The WTC Health Registry activities funded by this FOA will contribute to the CDC strategic goal, in alignment with an HHS strategic goal, for the Healthy People 2020 initiative, that is, to increase the number of communities that protect and promote health and safety and prevent illness and injury to improve the safety, quality, affordability, and accessibility of health care.

    Looking forward, Healthy People 2030 is the fifth edition of Healthy People. It aims at new challenges and builds on lessons learned from its first 4 decades. HHS has approved the Healthy People 2030 framework which is based on recommendations made by the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.

    Public Health Impact

    Although the full scope of 9/11-related health problems is unknown, a growing body of evidence suggests that significant health conditions have emerged that are associated with the disaster, in particular for those exposed during the collapse of the towers and those who participated substantially in rescue, recovery, and clean-up operations. The Registry serves as a central, unified database to assess short-term and long-term health effects among persons exposed to the WTC disaster; facilitates identification of potential participants for studies conducted by external researchers; and serves as a valuable tool for the WTC Health Program.

    Scientific reporting allows health care professionals to diagnose WTC conditions earlier, which leads to more effective treatment. Although it is typically difficult or impossible to determine the specific cause of an individual's illness or condition, it is critical to promote scientifically rigorous studies and reviews of potential health problems or risk factors among the affected population.

    The 2019 Summary of WTC Health Program Research is a NIOSH Research Compendium that outlines the research goals and accomplishments of the WTCHP, program stakeholders, and research grantees. This compendium provides the research mission as defined by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (H.R. 847; Public Law 111–347). It gives a brief history of the program, an overview of the research goals, and a bibliography of all WTCHP-funded research project publications and links to constituent Primary Investigators and program-related websites and resources.

    CDC/NIOSH solicited public comments on the scope of WTC Health Program research activities for the FY2021 funding cycle. The WTC Health Program's research program helps answer critical questions about potential 9/11-related physical and mental health, as well as diagnosing and treating health outcomes on the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions.

    The public comment period closed June 1, 2020, and the comments are shared in Docket CDC-2020-0035 at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CDC-2020-0035-0001.

    Relevant Work

    Information about current and completed NIOSH-funded research studies pertaining to the World Trade Center can be found at https://wwwn.cdc.gov/researchgateway. The Registry's annual reports, prepared for enrollees and the public, include information on its key activities and accomplishments, as well as details on recent findings about the health consequences of 9/11.

    The Research-to-Care Logic Model used by the WTC Health Program staff to evaluate the effectiveness of the WTC research program can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/pdfs/research_to_care.pdf.

    More information can be found in the 2019 Summary of WTC Health Program Research and public comments as described above.

    Note: Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to review the 2019 Summary of WTC Health Program Research, information on current and completed WTC research, and the Registry's annual reports.

    Target Population

    The target population for extending and continuing the WTC Health Registry under this FOA continues to encompass the WTC Health Registry enrollees. The Registry is a longitudinal cohort study that was designed to track enrollee health post-9/11. It is the largest post-disaster exposure health registry in U.S. history and includes a diverse cohort of over 71,000 persons exposed to the 9/11 disaster, including rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers and volunteers and persons, who lived, worked, attended school, or were present in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001.

    Collaboration/Partnerships

    Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations that share expertise are essential to advance WTCHP efforts that strengthen 1) evaluating linkages between WTC exposures and uncommon health conditions, 2) diagnostic and treatment outcomes, and 3) activities to address emerging WTC Health Program health and wellness priorities. Today the Registry is an ongoing collaboration with NIOSH. It is the largest post-disaster exposure health registry in U.S. history and includes a diverse cohort of over 71,000 directly affected people who performed 9/11-related rescue and recovery work or lived, worked, or attended school in lower Manhattan on 9/11. The Registry provides recruitment services for 9/11-related research and is involved with non-Registry WTC Health Program research projects. In collaboration with a network of WTC Health Program clinicians and scientists and external experts, the Registry conducts active and passive surveillance activities to identify and investigate potential emerging health conditions related to 9/11.

    Evaluation/Performance Measurement

    Evaluations provide information for management and improve program effectiveness. The CDC document Framework for Program Evaluation can be helpful.

    Effective program evaluation is a systematic way to improve and account for public health actions by involving procedures that are useful, feasible, ethical, and accurate. Understanding and applying the elements of this framework for research projects may enhance planning effective public health strategies, improving existing programs including evidence-based activities, and demonstrating beneficial results and impact of federal funding.

    Translation Plan

    When relevant to the goals of the research project, applicants should describe briefly how the findings may be used to promote, enhance, or advance translation of the research into practice or may be used to inform public health policy. See WTCHP Research-to-Care logic model

    See Section VIII. Other Information for award authorities and regulations.

    Section II. Award Information
    Funding Instrument

    Cooperative Agreement: A support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. Substantial involvement means that, after award, CDC scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities. See Section VI.2 for additional information about the substantial involvement for this FOA.

    Application Types Allowed

    New
    Renewal

    The OER Glossary and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types. Only those application types listed here are allowed for this FOA.

    Clinical Trial?

    Not Allowed: Only accepting applications that do not propose clinical trials

    Need help determining whether you are doing a clinical trial?

    Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

    NIOSH intends to commit over a five-year period approximately $35M in total costs (direct and indirect) to fund one application. An award issued under this FOA is contingent on the availability of funds and the submission of a meritorious application.

    Award Budget

    NIOSH intends to commit over a five-year period approximately $35M in total costs (direct and indirect) to fund one award. The estimated FY2021 funding is $7,000,000 with the possibility of additional funds based on increases in the cost of living Consumer Price Index if available and approved by the Associate Administrator, WTC Health Program.

    Award Project Period

    The total period of performance may not exceed five years. Throughout the project period, CDC's commitment to continuation of awards will be conditional on the availability of funds, evidence of satisfactory progress by the recipient (as documented in required reports), and the determination that continued funding is in the best interests of the federal government.

    HHS grants policies as described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made from this FOA.

    Section III. Eligibility Information
    1. Eligible Applicants
    Eligible Organizations

    Higher Education Institutions

    • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
    • Private Institutions of Higher Education

    The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for CDC/NIOSH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

    o   Hispanic-serving Institutions

    o   Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

    o   Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

    o   Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

    o   Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

    Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

    • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
    • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

    For-Profit Organizations

    • Small Businesses
    • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

    Governments

    • State Governments
    • County Governments
    • City or Township Governments
    • Special District Governments
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
    • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
    • U.S. Territory or Possession

    Other

    • Independent School Districts
    • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
    • Regional Organizations

    Bona Fide Agents: a Bona Fide Agent is an agency/organization identified by the state as eligible to apply under the state eligibility in lieu of a state application. If applying as a bona fide agent of a state or local government, a legal, binding agreement from the state or local government as documentation of the status is required. Attach with "Other Attachment Forms" when submitting via Grants.gov.

    Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs): FFRDCs are operated, managed, and/or administered by a university or consortium of universities, other not-for-profit or nonprofit organization, or an industrial firm, as an autonomous organization or as an identifiable separate operating unit of a parent organization. A FFRDC meets some special long-term research or development need which cannot be met as effectively by an agency's existing in-house or contractor resources. FFRDC's enable agencies to use private sector resources to accomplish tasks that are integral to the mission and operation of the sponsoring agency. Click here for more information on FFRDCs.

    Foreign Institutions

    Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
    Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
    Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

    For this announcement, applicants may include collaborators or consultants from foreign institutions. All applicable federal laws and policies apply.

    Required Registrations

    Applicant Organizations

    Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible. The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.

    • Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) – All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
    • System for Award Management (SAM) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
    • o   NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM. 
    • eRA Commons – Applicants must have an active DUNS number to register in eRA Commons.  Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration, but all registrations must be in place by time of submission. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
    • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account. PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for CDC/NIOSH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    When multiple PDs/PIs are proposed, NIOSH requires one PD/PI to be designated as the "Contact" PI, who will be responsible for all communications between the PDs/PIs and the NIOSH, for assembling the application materials outlined below, and for coordinating progress reports. The Contact PD/PI must meet all eligibility requirements for PD/PI status in the same way as other PDs/PIs.

    NOTE: The CDC does not make awards to individuals directly.

    2. Cost Sharing

    This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

    3. Additional Information on Eligibility
    Number of Applications

    Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. As defined in the HHS Grants Policy Statement, applications received in response to the same funding opportunity announcement generally are scored individually and then ranked with other applications under peer review in their order of relative programmatic, technical, or scientific merit.

    CDC/NIOSH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.  This means that the CDC/NIOSH will not accept:

    • A new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping new (A0) application.
    • An application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see NOT-OD-11-101).
    Responsiveness

    Applications that exceed the 5-year period of performance limit will be considered nonresponsive and will not be reviewed. In these cases, CDC/NIOSH will notify the applicant and request that the application be withdrawn.

    The Research Strategy component of the Research Plan is limited to 75 pages. These page limits are the totals for all text, tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, and charts in this component.

    Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness by NIH/CSR and CDC/NIOSH. CDC/NIOSH will screen all applications for responsiveness. Incomplete or non-responsive applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be requested to withdraw non-responsive applications.

    Section IV. Application and Submission Information
    1. Requesting an Application Package

    The SF424 R&R application forms package specific to this opportunity must be accessed through ASSIST, Grants.gov Workspace or an institutional system-to-system solution. Links to apply using ASSIST or Grants.gov Workspace are available in Part 1 of this FOA.

    If you experience problems accessing or using ASSIST, you can refer to the ASSIST online Help Site at: https://era.nih.gov/erahelp/assist. Additional support is available from the NIH eRA Service Desk via:

    • E-mail: http://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html.

    • Phone: 301-402-7469 or (toll-free) 1-866-504-9552.

    The NIH eRA Service desk is available Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays.

    If access to the Internet is not available or if the applicant encounters difficulty accessing the forms on-line, contact the CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information Management Section (PGO TIMS) staff at (770) 488-2700 or pgotim@cdc.gov for further instructions. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

    CDC Telecommunications for the hearing impaired or disabled is available at: TTY 1-888-232-6348.

    See your administrative office for instructions if you plan to use an institutional system-to-system solution.

    2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    It is critical that applicants follow the Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, including Supplemental Grant Application Instructions, except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

    The forms package associated with this FOA includes all applicable components, mandatory and optional. Please note that some components marked optional in the application package are required for submission of applications for this FOA. Follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to ensure you complete all appropriate “optional” components.

    In conjunction with the SF424 (R&R) components, CDC grants applicants should also complete and submit additional components titled “PHS398.” Note the PHS398 should include assurances and certifications, additional data required by the agency for a complete application. While these are not identical to the PHS398 application form pages, the PHS398 reference is used to distinguish these additional data requirements from the data collected in the SF424 (R&R) components. A complete application to CDC will include SF424 (R&R) and PHS398 components. These forms can be downloaded from https://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.

    For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

    Letter of Intent

    Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

    By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

    • Descriptive title of proposed activity
    • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
    • Names of other key personnel
    • Participating institution(s)
    • Number and title of this funding opportunity

    The letter of intent should be sent to:

    Michael Goldcamp, PhD
    Scientific Review Official
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Telephone: 304-285-5951
    Email: MGoldcamp@cdc.gov

    Page Limitations

    All page limitations described in the SF424 Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed. with the following exceptions or additional requirements:

    • For this FOA, the Research Strategy component of the Research Plan is limited to 75 pages. The page limits are the totals for all text, tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, and charts in this component.
    • Supporting materials for the Research Plan narrative included as appendices may not exceed 10 PDF files, or 100 pages for all appendices.
    Instructions for Application Submission

    A complete application has many components, both required and optional. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov includes all applicable components for this FOA, required and optional. The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and should be used for preparing an application to this FOA.

    Required Components for this FOA

    SF424(R&R) Cover

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.  

    SF424(R&R) Project/Performance Site Locations

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.  

    SF424(R&R) Other Project Information

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.  

    SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed. 

    R&R Budget

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed. For this FOA, CDC/NIOSH requires a detailed budget information for the initial budget year and a budget for each consecutive year of support.

    WTCHP Research Meetings

    Applicants should anticipate and budget accordingly for a required 2-day meeting for research grantees, held bi-annually in New York City (NYC). These may alternate between webinars and in-person meetings.

    PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.  

    PHS 398 Research Plan

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions: The SF424 (R&R) Application Guide includes instructions for applicants to complete a PHS 398 Research Plan. Not all components of the Research Plan apply to all Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Specifically, some of the following components are for Resubmissions or Revisions only. See the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide for additional information. Please attach applicable sections of the following Research Plan components as directed.

    Follow the page limits stated in the SF 424 (R&R) unless otherwise specified in this FOA. As applicable to and specified in this FOA, the application should include the bolded headers in this section and should address activities to be conducted over the course of the entire project, including but not limited to:

    Introduction

    1. Introduction to Application (for Resubmission and Revision applications only)

    Research Plan Section

    2. Specific Aims – state the problem the proposed research addresses and how it will result in public health impact and improvements in population health.

    3. Research Strategy – the research strategy should be organized under 3 headings: Significance, Innovation and Approach. Describe the proposed research plan, including staffing and timeline.

    4. Progress Report Publication List (for Renewal only)

    Other Research Plan Section

    5. Vertebrate Animals

    6. Select Agent Research

    7. Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan

    8. Consortium/Contractual Arrangements

    9. Letters of Support

    10. Resource Sharing Plan(s)

    11. Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources

    Appendix

    12. Appendix

    Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Do not use the appendix to circumvent page limits. Only limited Appendix materials are allowed. Supporting materials for the Research Plan narrative included as appendices may not exceed 10 PDF files, or 100 pages for all appendices. Additionally, up to 3 publications may be included that are not publicly available.

    Additional Components for this FOA

    a. Project Dissemination Plan

    b. Project Evaluation Plan

    c. Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Plan

    Please note: the Project Dissemination Plan, the Project Evaluation Plan, and the Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Plan should be included as attachments in the "12. Other Attachments" section of the "R&R Other Project Information" section of the application. When uploading documentation into this application package, clearly label the documents for easy identification.

    Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. All applications, regardless of the amount of total costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

    NIOSH considers the sharing of unique data and other research resources developed through the WTCHP an important means to enhance the value and further the advancement of diagnostic tools and methods, treatment outcomes, and future research.

    Investigators responding to this funding opportunity must include a plan for sharing research resources and data or explain why such sharing is not possible. The precise content of the plan will vary, depending on the data being collected and how the investigator is planning to share the data. Factors to consider include the expected schedule for data sharing, the format of the final dataset, supporting documentation, and whether analytic tools will be provided. Other considerations include whether a data sharing agreement will be required, whether any conditions will be placed on their use, and the mode of data sharing.

    Information on data/resource sharing can be found on page II-74 (Sharing Research Tools) of the current HHS Grants Policy.

    HHS/CDC policy requires that grant award recipients make unique research resources and data readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community after publication. Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan; Sharing Model Organisms; and Genome Wide Association Studies [GWAS]), as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    Data Management Plan (DMP): CDC requires awardees for projects and programs that involve data collection or generation of data with federal funds to develop and submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) for each collection of public health data.

    If applicable, include a DMP in the Resource Sharing Plan section of the PHS 398 Research Plan Component of the application for each proposed collection of public health data. If the public health data to be collected or created are not appropriate for release, provided a concise rationale or justification in the DMP.

    The DMP may be outlined in a narrative format or as a checklist but, at a minimum, should include:

    • Descriptions of the data to be produced in the proposed project;
    • How access will be provided to the data (including provisions for protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights);
    • Use of data standards that ensure all released data have appropriate documentation that describes the method of collection, what the data represent, and potential limitations for use; and
    • Plans for archival and long-term preservation of the data or explaining why long-term preservation and access cannot be justified.

    Examples of DMPs may be found at University of California DMPTool website or USGS.

    CDC Additional Requirement (AR)-25 outlines the components of a DMP and provides additional information for investigators about the requirements for data accessibility, storage, and preservation. The DMP should be developed during the project planning phase, prior to the initiation of collecting or generating public health data and be submitted with the application.

    Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review. Applications submitted without a required DMP may be deemed ineligible for award unless it is clearly stated why a detailed DMP is deferred to a later date and when it will be provided. In these cases, funding restrictions may be imposed on an award until the DMP is submitted and evaluated.

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed along with any additional instructions provided in the FOA.

    PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: This FOA does not allow clinical trials.

    The Revised Common Rule defined clinical trial as a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or behavioral health-related outcomes. Including behavioral health-related outcomes recognized that clinical trials may occur outside a biomedical context.

    When involving human subjects research, clinical research, and/or NIH-defined clinical trials (and when applicable, clinical trials research experience) follow all instructions for the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following additional instructions:

    If you answered “Yes” to the question “Are Human Subjects Involved?” on the R&R Other Project Information form, you must include at least one human subjects study record using the Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or Delayed Onset Study record.

    Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Delayed Onset Study

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Note: Delayed onset does NOT apply to a study that can be described but will not start immediately (i.e., delayed start).

    Optional Components for this FOA

    R&R Subaward Budget Attachment(s)

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    PHS Assignment Request Form

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed. 

    3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

    See Part 2. Section III.1 for information regarding the requirement for obtaining a unique entity identifier and for completing and maintaining active registrations in System for Award Management (SAM), NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code (if applicable), eRA Commons, and Grants.gov

    4. Submission Dates and Times

    Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates and times. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission. When a submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

    Organizations must submit applications to Grants.gov (the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies). Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration. NIH and Grants.gov systems check the application against many of the application instructions upon submission. Errors must be corrected, and a changed/corrected application must be submitted to Grants.gov on or before the application due date and time. If a Changed/Corrected application is submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late. Applications that miss the due date and time are subjected to the NIH Policy on Late Application Submission.

    Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

    Information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    5. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

    This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

    6. Funding Restrictions

    All CDC/NIOSH awards are subject to the federal regulations, 45 CFR Part 75, terms and conditions, and other requirements described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement. Pre-award costs may be allowable as an expanded authority, but only if authorized by CDC. For more information on expanded authority and pre-award costs, go to the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

    In accordance with the United States Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, all non-governmental organization (NGO) applicants acknowledge that foreign NGOs that receive funds provided through this award, either as a prime recipient or subrecipient, are strictly prohibited, regardless of the source of funds, from performing abortions as a method of family planning or engaging in any activity that promotes abortion as a method of family planning, or to provide financial support to any other foreign non-governmental organization that conducts such activities. See Additional Requirement (AR)-35 for applicability.

    CDC requires that mechanisms for, and cost of, public health data sharing be included in grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. The cost of sharing or archiving public health data may also be included as part of the total budget requested for first-time or continuation awards.

    Fulfilling the data-sharing requirement must be documented in a Data Management Plan (DMP) that is developed during the project planning phase prior to the initiation of generating or collecting public health data and must be included in the Resource Sharing Plan(s) section of the PHS398 Research Plan Component of the application. Applicants who contend that the public health data they collect or create are not appropriate for release must justify that contention in the DMP submitted with their application for CDC funds (for example, privacy and confidentiality considerations, and embargo issues).

    Awardees who fail to release public health data in a timely fashion will be subject to procedures normally used to address lack of compliance (for example, reduction in funding, restriction of funds, or award termination) consistent with 45 CFR 74.62 or other authorities as appropriate. For further information, please see revised AR-25.

    Awards may be initially issued with restrictions until all information requested can be provided. Generally, funds will not be given for renovation of existing facilities or for purchasing substantial amounts of equipment. Funds relating to the conduct of human subjects research will be restricted until the appropriate assurances and Institutional Review Board approvals are in place.

    7. Other Submission Requirements and Information
    Risk Assessment Questionnaire Requirement

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: THIS IS REQUIRED

    CDC is required to conduct pre-award risk assessments to determine the risk an applicant poses to meeting federal programmatic and administrative requirements by considering issues such as financial instability, insufficient management systems, non-compliance with award conditions, the charging of unallowable costs, and inexperience.

    The risk assessment will include an evaluation of the applicant’s CDC Risk Questionnaire, as well as a review of the applicant’s history in all available systems; including OMB-designated repositories of government-wide eligibility and financial integrity systems (see 45 CFR 75.205(a)), and other sources of historical information. These systems include, but are not limited to: FAPIIS, including past performance on federal contracts as per Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of 2009; Do Not Pay list; and System for Award Management (SAM) exclusions.

    CDC requires all applicants to complete the Risk Questionnaire, OMB Control Number 0920-1132 annually. This questionnaire, along with supporting documentation must be submitted with your application by the closing date of this FOA. Upload the questionnaire and supporting documents as an attachment in the "12. Other Attachments" section of the "R&R Other Project Information" section of the application. If your organization has completed CDC’s Risk Questionnaire within the past 12 months of the closing date of this FOA, then you must submit a copy of that questionnaire, or submit a letter signed by the authorized organization representative to include the original submission date, organization’s EIN and DUNS. When uploading supporting documentation for the Risk Questionnaire into this application package, clearly label the documents for easy identification of the type of documentation. For example, a copy of Procurement policy submitted in response to the questionnaire may be labeled using the following format: Risk Questionnaire Supporting Documents _ Procurement Policy.

    Duplication of Efforts

    Applicants are responsible for reporting if this application will result in programmatic, budgetary, or commitment overlap with another application or award (i.e. grant, cooperative agreement, or contract) submitted to another funding source in the same fiscal year. Programmatic overlap occurs when (1) substantially the same project is proposed in more than one application or is submitted to two or more funding sources for review and funding consideration or (2) a specific objective and the project design for accomplishing the objective are the same or closely related in two or more applications or awards, regardless of the funding source. Budgetary overlap occurs when duplicate or equivalent budgetary items (e.g., equipment, salaries) are requested in an application but already are provided by another source. Commitment overlap occurs when an individual’s time commitment exceeds 100 percent, whether or not salary support is requested in the application. Overlap, whether programmatic, budgetary, or commitment of an individual’s effort greater than 100 percent, is not permitted. Any overlap will be resolved by the CDC with the applicant and the PD/PI prior to award.

    Report Submission: The applicant must upload the report under “Other Attachment Forms.” The document should be labeled: "Report on Programmatic, Budgetary, and Commitment Overlap.”

    Application Submission

    Applications must be submitted electronically following the instructions described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Paper applications will not be accepted.

    Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

    For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit How to Apply – Application Guide. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Dealing with System Issues guidance. For assistance with application submission, contact the Application Submission Contacts in Section VII.

    Important reminders:

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to CDC/NIOSH. See Section III of this FOA for information on registration requirements.

    The applicant organization must ensure that the DUNS number it provides on the application is the same number used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the System for Award Management. Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    If the applicant has an FWA number, enter the 8-digit number. Do not enter the letters “FWA” before the number.

    If a Project/Performance Site is engaged in research involving human subjects, the applicant organization is responsible for ensuring that the Project/Performance Site operates under and appropriate Federal Wide Assurance for the protection of human subjects and complies with 45 CFR Part 46 and other CDC human subject related policies described in Part II of the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide and in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

    See more tips for avoiding common errors and submitting, tracking, and viewing applications:

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/avoiding_errors.htm or https://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/submit_app.htm.

    Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and compliance with application instructions by the CDC/NIOSH. Applications that are incomplete or non-compliant will not be reviewed.

    To expedite review, applicants are requested to notify the CDC/NIOSH Scientific Review Official by email at MGoldcamp@cdc.gov when the application has been submitted. Please include the FOA number and title, PD/PI name, and title of the application.

    Post Submission Materials

    Applicants are required to follow the instructions for post-submission materials, as described in the policy. Any instructions provided here are in addition to the instructions in the policy.

    Section V. Application Review Information
    1. Criteria

    Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the CDC mission, all applications submitted to the CDC in support of public health research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the CDC peer review system. In addition, as part of the NIOSH mission, all applications submitted to NIOSH in support of occupational safety and health research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIOSH peer review system.

    Overall Impact

    Reviewers will provide an overall impact/priority score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the proposed project to provide a central, unified database to assess short-term and long-term health effects among persons exposed to the WTC disaster; to facilitate efficient identification of potential participants for studies conducted by external researchers; and to serve as a sustained, powerful tool for the WTC Health Program and related research field(s) in consideration of the following review criteria and additional review criteria.

    Scored Review Criteria

    Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit and give a separate score for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact. For example, a project that by its nature is not innovative may be essential to advance a field.

    Significance

    Does the project address important needs or critical barriers to help determine physical and mental health conditions that have persisted and new symptoms and conditions that have emerged in people exposed to the 9/11 disaster? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practices be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventive interventions used in the WTC Health Program, occupational health, or public health? Does the proposed project further develop the concept and usefulness of a WTC Health Registry? Will the proposed project further enhance access of the clinical research science community to WTC Health Program data resources? What is the potential impact of the project on emergency or disaster preparedness as it relates to occupational health and safety?  

    Investigator(s)

    Are the PD/PIs, collaborators, and other key personnel well suited to the project? Do they have appropriate experience and training? Have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s), other registries, or the WTC Registry? If the project is collaborative or multi-PD/PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise? Are the leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project? Has the PI/PD devoted an adequate amount of time and effort to the project? Is there evidence of past collaborations with the WTC Registry or other registries?   

    Innovation

    Does the application describe how the WTC Health Registry will serve as a unique resource for researchers or practitioners? Does the application indicate how the WTC Health Registry will collaborate with other resources to further enhance its utility? Is the proposed project forward- looking about registry practices, approaches or methodologies, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed? Does the PI describe how the enhanced WTC Health Registry will serve as a unique resource for researchers and practitioners, and how the Registry will collaborate with other related resources to further enhance its utility? Does the application seek to support public health practice paradigms or approaches?   

    Approach

    Are the overall strategy, methodology, feasibility, and rationale well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Does the proposed project timeline include clearly established objectives for which progress will be measured objectively by defined methods? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? Are there methods for measuring and maximizing coverage, explaining and calculating outcome rates, or sample building and denominator estimation? Are the analytic plans clear, consistent with the research questions, and appropriate for the study design and data available? If the application is new, does it include a credible “phase in” plan for assuming the responsibilities of the registry?

    Are collaborative activities between the proposed Registry and other WTC Health Program components adequately described?

    Does the application propose an adequate plan to disseminate results to state and local public health officials, community residents, and other concerned individuals and organizations? Does the applicant have experience effectively disseminating information to the community, state and local governments, and other stakeholders? Does the applicant have adequate experience working with these or similar stakeholder groups?

    Does the application demonstrate an appropriate plan for community outreach and for interaction with the community? Does the proposal include outreach to enrollees to offer healthcare referrals based on survey data? Does the proposal include ways (website, reports, and direct communications) to help keep enrollees engaged? Does the applicant currently have a strong liaison component with the community, state and local governments, and other stakeholders?

    Does the applicant have adequate experience working with these or similar stakeholder groups?

    Does the application propose adequate evaluation steps? Are measures included to assess process and outcomes? Does the applicant have adequate knowledge and experience with evaluation activities relevant to the WTC Health Registry or other registries?

    Does the application propose adequate quality assurance/quality control steps for ensuring reliable operation of the WTC Health Registry? Does the applicant have experience with QA/QC activities related to the WTC Health Registry or other registries? Is there a plan to validate registry findings? 

    Environment

    Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are the institutional support, equipment, and other available physical resources adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements? Does the proposed project further develop the concept and usefulness of a WTC Health Registry? Will the proposed project further enhance access of the clinical science community to WTC Health Program data resources? Does the applicant have an existing WTC Health Registry or other registry? Has the applicant addressed how it will work with the existing registry to maintain, enhance, and improve it through this new cooperative agreement? For potential collaborations, are the commitment and cooperation of other interested parties adequate, as evidenced by letters of support specifying the nature and extent of the involvement?   

    Additional Review Criteria

    As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.   

    Protections for Human Subjects

    For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the  categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

    For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the  categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Human Subjects.

    If your proposed research involves the use of human data and/or biological specimens, you must provide a justification for your claim that no human subjects are involved in the Protection of Human Subjects section of the Research Plan.

    Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Individuals Across the Lifespan 

    When the proposed project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research (when allowed), the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals of all ages (including children and older adults) to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed. For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.

    Vertebrate Animals

    The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following criteria: (1) description of proposed procedures involving animals, including species, strains, ages, sex, and total number to be used; (2) justifications for the use of animals versus alternative models and for the appropriateness of the species proposed; (3) interventions to minimize discomfort, distress, pain and injury; and (4) justification for euthanasia method if NOT consistent with the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. Reviewers will assess the use of chimpanzees as they would any other application proposing the use of vertebrate animals. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

    Biohazards

    Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

    Resubmissions

    Not Applicable

    Renewals

    For Renewal applications, the following factors will also be considered: Has the existing Registry made significant contributions to the WTC Health Program, as demonstrated by its accomplishments? Is there evidence of progress and achievement since the previous competitive review? Is there evidence of integration and synergy? Are collaborative activities between the existing Registry and other WTC Health Program components adequately described? Is there documentation through publications, conferences, etc., that demonstrates progress, accomplishments, and collaboration? Is there evidence that the registry has met its objectives and has been well utilized by the WTC Health Program and external researchers? Is there adequate justification for adding new projects or cores or for deleting components previously supported? Is there evidence of transfer of research findings? Have the specific commitments and plans for the Registry from the previous project period been met? Have high quality outputs contributed to improvements relevant to the WTC Health Program or broader occupational or public health practices?

    Revisions

    Not Applicable.

    Dual Use Research of Concern

    Reviewers will identify whether the project involves one of the agents or toxins described in the US Government Policy for the Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern, and, if so, whether the applicant has identified an IRE to assess the project for DURC potential and develop mitigation strategies if needed.

    For more information about this Policy and other policies regarding dual use research of concern, visit the U.S. Government Science, Safety, Security (S3) website. Tools and guidance for assessing DURC potential may be found at: http://www.phe.gov/s3/dualuse/Documents/durc-companion-guide.pdf.

    Additional Review Considerations

    As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.

    Limitations of Currently Available Data

    Note to Reviewers: Limitations of currently available data may affect research concepts such as generalizability and study design. Applicants are expected to address these limitations appropriately.

    Health effects related to the September 2001 terrorist attacks are primarily a result of exposure during the attacks, while responding to the resulting disaster, or while living in the area during the disaster response, remediation, and cleanup efforts. Scientifically identifying the causes of health problems or conditions is typically very difficult because of independent factors unrelated to the September 2001 terrorist attacks that may contribute to the onset of specific diseases. Likewise, health conditions existing prior to exposures related to the September 2001 terrorist attacks may also be contributing factors.

    Reviewers should consider that a standardized body of pre-existing medical data for all potential study subjects may not exist. In addition, the paucity of reliable, comprehensive environmental measurements could make quantifying exposures very difficult.

    Although often it may not be possible to determine the specific cause of an individual's illness or condition, it is critical to promote scientifically rigorous studies and reviews of potential health problems or risk factors among the affected population. Reviewers should consider how well applicants acknowledge and address the limitations in currently available data.

    Project Dissemination Plan

    Reviewers will assess whether the proposal includes an adequate plan for summarizing and disseminating results. The dissemination plan should include:

    •   Publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals;

    •   Presentation of results at scientific conferences (specify the target conferences);

    •   Presentation of findings/progress at the bi-annual WTC Research Grantee meetings; and

    •   Presentation of results to diverse interested groups or stakeholder organizations.

    Project Evaluation Plan

    Reviewers will assess whether the proposal includes an adequate plan for evaluating outputs, outcomes, and impacts. The evaluation plan should:

    •   Identify personnel responsible for evaluating study activities and quality of collected data;

    •   Describe assessments of the quality and accuracy of collected data;

    •   Describe training and supervision of personnel gathering and analyzing data;

    •   Describe the review of recruitment goals and preliminary results; and

    •   Identify how emerging problems will be resolved.

    Applications from Foreign Organizations

    Not Applicable.

    Select Agent Research

    Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including 1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, 2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, 3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and 4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).

    Resource Sharing Plans

    HHS/CDC policy requires that recipients of grant awards make research resources and data readily available for research purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community after publication. Please see AR-25.

    NIOSH considers the sharing of unique data and other research resources developed through the WTCHP an important means to enhance the value and further the advancement of current and future research.

    The reasonableness of the resource sharing plan, or the rationale for not sharing research data, will be assessed by the reviewers. The reviewers will not, however, factor the proposed plan into the determination of scientific merit or the impact score.

    Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable: (1) Data Sharing Plan; (2) Sharing Model Organisms; and (3)  Genomic Data Sharing Plan (GDS).

    Additional requirement: CDC requires recipients for projects and programs that involve data collection or generation of data with federal funds to develop and submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) for each collection of public health data.

    Investigators responding to this announcement should include a detailed DMP in the Resource Sharing Plan(s) section of the PHS 398 Research Plan Component of the application. The AR-25 outlines the components of a DMP and provides additional information for investigators regarding the requirements for data accessibility, storage, and preservation.

    The DMP should be developed during the project planning phase prior to the initiation of collecting or generating public health data and will be submitted with the application. The submitted DMP will be evaluated for completeness and quality at the time of submission.

    The DMP may be outlined in a narrative format or as a checklist but, at a minimum, should include: 1) descriptions of the data to be produced in the proposed project; 2) how access will be provided to the data (including provisions for protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights); 3) use of data standards that ensure all released data have appropriate documentation that describes the method of collection, what the data represent, and potential limitations for use; and 4) plans for archival and long-term preservation of the data, or explaining why long-term preservation and access cannot be justified.

    Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources:

    For projects involving key biological and/or chemical resources, reviewers will comment on the brief plans proposed for identifying and ensuring the validity of those resources.

    Budget and Period of Support

    Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research. The applicant can obtain guidance for completing a detailed justified budget on the CDC website, at the following Internet address: http://www.cdc.gov/grants/interestedinapplying/applicationresources.html.

    2. Review and Selection Process

    Applications submitted in response to this FOA will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by (an) appropriate Scientific Review Group(s) convened by CDC/NIOSH, in accordance with CDC peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Assignment to a Scientific Review Group will be shown in the eRA Commons.

    As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

    • Will undergo a selection process in which all responsive applications will be discussed and assigned an overall impact/priority score.
    • Will receive a written critique.

    Applications will be assigned to the appropriate HHS/CDC Center, Institute, or Office. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications submitted in response to this FOA. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

    • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
    • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.
    • Availability of funds.
    3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

    After the peer review of the application is completed, the PD/PI will be able to access his or her Summary Statement (written critique) via the eRA Commons. Refer to Part 1 for dates for peer review, advisory council review, and earliest start date.

    Information regarding the disposition of applications is available in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

    Section VI. Award Administration Information
    1. Award Notices

    If the application is under consideration for funding, HHS/CDC/NIOSH will request "just-in-time" information from the applicant as described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

    A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

    Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.6. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.

    Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to terms and conditions found on the CDC Office of Financial Resources website.  This includes any recent legislation and policy applicable to awards that is highlighted on this website.

    Although the financial plans of the HHS/CDC CIO(s) provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity depend upon the availability of funds, evidence of satisfactory progress by the recipient (as documented in required reports) and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.

    Institutional Review Board or Independent Ethics Committee Approval: Grantee institutions must ensure that protocols are reviewed by their IRB or IEC. To help ensure the safety of participants enrolled in CDC-funded studies, the awardee must provide CDC copies of documents related to all major changes in the status of ongoing protocols. For multi-site research, please see NIH Single IRB Policy.

    Expanded Authorities: Any award resulting from an application under this FOA is for research and CDC has automatically waived the prior approvals listed in 45 CFR 75.308(d) (1) through (3). In accordance with HHS regulation and CDC guidance, the awardee will have Expanded Authorities including for post award prior approvals, except for the following three Expanded Authorities: 1) human and animal welfare requirements, 2) acquisition of equipment, and 3) change of principal investigator.

    Diversity Supplements: The WTCHP and NIOSH support efforts that enhance diversity of the research workforce through recruitment and support for students, post-doctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds and groups under-represented in OSH research. To help accomplish this, supplemental funding will be considered after an application is awarded. Please refer to FOA PA-20-222 for information or contact the NIOSH Scientific Program Official (SPO) assigned to this FOA. Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs.

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All HHS/CDC grant and cooperative agreement awards include the HHS Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the HHS Grants Policy Statement  and CDC Administrative Requirements (policies) found on the CDC Office of Financial Resources, Grant, webpage.

    Recipients of federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights law. This means that recipients of HHS funds must ensure equal access to their programs without regard to a person’s race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, sex and religion. This includes ensuring your programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. HHS recognizes that research projects are often limited in scope for many reasons that are nondiscriminatory, such as the principal investigator’s scientific interest, funding limitations, recruitment requirements, and other considerations. Thus, criteria in research protocols that target or exclude certain populations are warranted where nondiscriminatory justifications establish that such criteria are appropriate with respect to the health or safety of the subjects, the scientific study design, or the purpose of the research.

    For additional guidance regarding how the provisions apply to CDC grant programs, please contact the Scientific/Research Contact that is identified in Section VII under Agency Contacts of this FOA. HHS provides general guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English Proficiency. The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please visit here and here for more information. Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws here or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697. Also note it is an HHS Departmental goal to ensure access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and supports, for vulnerable populations. For further guidance on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care here.

    Review of Risk Posed by Applicants

    Prior to making a Federal award, CDC is required by 31 U.S.C. 3321 and 41 U.S.C. 2313 to review information available through any OMB-designated repositories of government-wide eligibility qualification or financial integrity information as appropriate. See also suspension and debarment requirements at 2 CFR parts 180 and 376.

    In accordance 41 U.S.C. 2313, CDC is required to review the non-public segment of the OMB-designated integrity and performance system accessible through SAM (currently the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS)) prior to making a Federal award where the Federal share is expected to exceed the simplified acquisition threshold, defined in 41 U.S.C. 134, over the period of performance. At a minimum, the information in the system for a prior Federal award recipient must demonstrate a satisfactory record of executing programs or activities under Federal grants, cooperative agreements, or procurement awards; and integrity and business ethics. CDC may make a Federal award to a recipient who does not fully meet these standards, if it is determined that the information is not relevant to the current Federal award under consideration or there are specific conditions that can appropriately mitigate the effects of the non-Federal entity's risk in accordance with 45 CFR §75.207.

    CDC’s framework for evaluating the risks posed by an applicant may incorporate results of the evaluation of the applicant's eligibility or the quality of its application. If it is determined that a Federal award will be made, special conditions that correspond to the degree of risk assessed may be applied to the Federal award. In evaluating risks posed by applicants, CDC will use a risk-based approach and may consider any items such as the following:

    • Financial stability;
    • Quality of management systems and ability to meet the management standards prescribed in this part;
    • History of performance. The applicant's record in managing Federal awards, if it is a prior recipient of Federal awards, including timeliness of compliance with applicable reporting requirements, conformance to the terms and conditions of previous Federal awards, and if applicable, the extent to which any previously awarded amounts will be expended prior to future awards;
    • Reports and findings from audits performed under subpart F 45 CFR Part 75 or the reports and findings of any other available audits; and
    • The applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory, or other requirements imposed on non-Federal entities.

    CDC must comply with the guidelines on government-wide suspension and debarment in 2 CFR Part 180 and require non-Federal entities to comply with these provisions. These provisions restrict Federal awards, subawards and contracts with certain parties that are debarred, suspended or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participation in Federal programs or activities.

    Additional Requirements (ARs)

    ARs outline the administrative requirements found in 45 CFR Part 75, the HHS Grants Policy Statement, and other requirements as mandated by statute or CDC policy. Recipients must comply with administrative and national policy requirements as appropriate. For more information on the Code of Federal Regulations, visit the National Archives and Records Administration.

    Information on additional requirements that apply to this FOA can be found at the following CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/grants/additionalrequirements/.

    Generally applicable ARs are:

    AR-1: Human Subjects Requirements

    AR-2: Requirements for Inclusion of Women and Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Research

    AR-3: Animal Subjects Requirements

    AR-9: Paperwork Reduction Act Requirements

    AR-10: Smoke-Free Workplace Requirements

    AR-11: Healthy People 2020

    AR-12: Lobbying Restrictions

    AR-13: Prohibition on Use of CDC Funds for Certain Gun Control Activities

    AR-14: Accounting System Requirements

    AR-16: Security Clearance Requirement

    AR-21: Small, Minority, and Women-Owned Business

    AR-22: Research Integrity

    AR-24: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Requirements

    AR-25: Data Management and Access

    AR-26: National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

    AR-28: Inclusion of Persons Under the Age of 21 in Research

    AR-29: Compliance with EO13513, “Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging while Driving,” October 1, 2009

    AR-30: Compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    AR-31: Research Definition

    AR-32: Appropriations Act, General Provisions

    AR-36: Certificates of Confidentiality

    Organization specific ARs are:

    AR-8: Public Health System Reporting Requirements

    AR-15: Proof of Non-profit Status

    AR-23: Compliance with 45 CFR Part 87

    Additional Policy Requirements

    The following are additional policy requirements relevant to this FOA.

    HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending: Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meetings, Food, Promotional Items and Printing Publications

    This policy supports the Executive Order on Promoting Efficient Spending (EO 13589), the Executive Order on Delivering and Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government (EO 13576) and the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum on Eliminating Excess Conference Spending and Promoting Efficiency in Government (M-35-11).  This policy applies to all new obligations and all funds appropriated by Congress. For more information, visit the HHS website at HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending.

    Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006

    Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA), P.L. 109–282, as amended by section 6202 of P.L. 110–252, requires full disclosure of all entities and organizations receiving Federal funds including grants, contracts, loans and other assistance and payments through a single, publicly accessible website, http://www.usaspending.gov/. For the full text of the requirements, please review the following website: https://www.fsrs.gov/.

    Plain Writing Act

    The Plain Writing Act of 2010, Public Law 111-274 was signed into law on October 13, 2010. The law requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use" and requires the federal government to write all new publications, forms, and publicly distributed documents in a "clear, concise, well-organized" manner. For more information on this law, go to: https://plainlanguage.gov/law/.

    Tobacco and Nutrition Policies

    The CDC supports implementing evidence-based programs and policies to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and to promote healthy nutrition. CDC encourages all awardees to implement the following optional evidence-based tobacco and nutrition policies within their organizations. These policies build on the current federal commitment to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, which includes The Pro-Children Act, 20 U.S.C. 7181-7184 that prohibits smoking in certain facilities that receive federal funds.

    Tobacco:

    Tobacco-free indoors – no use of any tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) or electronic cigarettes in any indoor facilities under the control of the applicant.

    Tobacco-free indoors and in adjacent outdoor areas – no use of any tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in any indoor facilities, within 50 feet of doorways and air intake ducts, and in courtyards under the control of the applicant.

    Tobacco-free campus – no use of any tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in any indoor facilities and anywhere on grounds or in outdoor space under the control of the applicant.

    Nutrition:

    Healthy food service guidelines that at a minimum align with Health and Human Services and General Services Administration Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations for cafeterias, snack bars, and vending machines in any facility under the control of the recipient organization and in accordance with contractual obligations for these services. The following are resources for healthy eating and tobacco free workplaces:

    https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/Guidelines_for_Federal_Concessions_and_Vending_Operations.pdf

    https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/

    https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/strategies/food-serv-guide.html

    Applicants should state whether they choose to participate in implementing these two optional policies. However, no applicants will be evaluated or scored on whether they choose to participate in implementing these optional policies.

    Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protections

    All applicants will be subject to a term and condition that applies the terms of 48 CFR section 3.908 to the award and requires that grantees inform their employees in writing (in the predominant native language of the workforce) of employee whistleblower rights and protections under 41 U.S.C. 4712.

    Copyright Interests Provision

    This provision is intended to ensure that the public has access to the results and accomplishments of public health activities funded by CDC. Pursuant to applicable grant regulations and CDC’s Public Access Policy, Recipient agrees to submit into the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system an electronic version of the final, peer-reviewed manuscript of any such work developed under this award upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. Also, at the time of submission, Recipient and/or the Recipient’s submitting author must specify the date the final manuscript will be publicly accessible through PubMed Central (PMC). Recipient and/or Recipient’s submitting author must also post the manuscript through PMC within twelve (12) months of the publisher's official date of final publication; however, the author is strongly encouraged to make the subject manuscript available as soon as possible. The recipient must obtain prior approval from the CDC for any exception to this provision.

    The author's final, peer-reviewed manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication and includes all modifications from the publishing peer review process, and all graphics and supplemental material associated with the article. Recipient and its submitting authors working under this award are responsible for ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements concerning submitted articles reserve adequate right to fully comply with this provision and the license reserved by CDC. The manuscript will be hosted in both PMC and the CDC Stacks institutional repository system. In progress reports for this award, recipient must identify publications subject to the CDC Public Access Policy by using the applicable NIHMS identification number for up to three (3) months after the publication date and the PubMed Central identification number (PMCID) thereafter.

    Language Access for Persons with Limited English Proficiency

    Recipients of federal financial assistance from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights law. This means that recipients of HHS funds must ensure equal access to their programs without regard to a person’s race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, sex and religion. This includes ensuring your programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. Recipients of federal financial assistance must take the reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English proficiency.

    Dual Use Research of Concern

    On September 24, 2014, the US Government Policy (USG) for the Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern was released. Grantees (foreign and domestic) receiving CDC funding on or after September 24, 2015 are subject to this policy. Research funded by CDC involving the agents or toxins named in the policy, must be reviewed to determine if it involves one or more of the listed experimental effects and if so, whether it meets the definition of DURC. This review must be completed by an Institutional Review Entity (IRE) identified by the funded institution.

    Recipients also must establish an Institutional Contact for Dual Use Research (ICDUR). The award recipient must maintain records of institutional DURC reviews and completed risk mitigation plans for the term of the research grant, cooperative agreement or contract plus three years after its completion, but no less than eight years, unless a shorter period is required by law or regulation.

    If a project is determined to be DURC, a risk/benefit analysis must be completed. CDC will work collaboratively with the award recipient to develop a risk mitigation plan that the CDC must approve. The USG policy can be found at https://www.phe.gov/s3/dualuse/Pages/default.aspx.

    Non-compliance with this Policy may result in suspension, limitation, restriction or termination of USG funding, or loss of future USG funding opportunities for the non-compliant USG-funded research project and of USG funds for other life sciences research at the institution, consistent with existing regulations and policies governing USG funded research, and may subject the institution to other potential penalties under applicable laws and regulations.

    Federal Information Security Management Act

    All information systems, electronic or hard copy which contain Federal data need to be protected from unauthorized access. This also applies to information associated with NIOSH grants and contracts. Congress and the OMB have instituted laws, policies and directives that govern the creation and implementation of federal information security practices that pertain specifically to grants and contracts. The current regulations are pursuant to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), 44 U.S.C. 3541 et seq. The applicability of FISMA to NIOSH recipient applies only when recipients collect, store, process, transmit or use information on behalf of HHS or any of its component organizations. In all other cases, FISMA is not applicable to recipients of grants, including cooperative agreements. The recipient retains the original data and intellectual property, and is responsible for the security of this data, subject to all applicable laws protecting security, privacy, and research. When information collected by a recipient is provided to HHS, responsibility for the protection of the HHS copy of the information is transferred to HHS and it becomes the agency's responsibility to protect that information and any derivative copies as required by FISMA.

    Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

    The following special terms of award are in addition to, and not in lieu of, otherwise applicable U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) administrative guidelines, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) grant administration regulations at 45 CFR Part 75, and other HHS, PHS, and CDC grant administration policies.

    The administrative and funding instrument used for this program will be the cooperative agreement, an “assistance” mechanism (rather than an “acquisition” mechanism), in which substantial CDC programmatic involvement with the awardees is anticipated during the performance of the activities. Under the cooperative agreement, the HHS/CDC purpose is to support and stimulate the recipients’ activities by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipients in a partnership role; it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activities. Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility reside with the awardees for the project, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the awardees and HHS/CDC as defined below.

    Principal Investigator (PI) Rights and Responsibilities

    The PD(s)/PI(s) will have primary responsibility for the following activities.

    • Outreach: Planning and implementing strategies and approaches that will sustain general interest and knowledge about the WTC Registry to enhance continued participation; utilizing existing contacts with business and community groups and organizations to facilitate outreach
    • Public Information Responsiveness: Supporting and maintaining a system for receiving and answering calls from the public regarding concerns and questions about the WTC Registry (NYCDOHMH call center); creating and maintaining a web site for the provision of easily accessible and up-to-date information about the WTC Registry
    • Database and Analysis Infrastructure: Certifying that data are prepared for analysis within defined, optimal time frames; developing mechanisms for sharing selected and appropriate data elements with other WTC-related organizations that are also serving people who are impacted by their exposure to hazards associated with the WTC experience; verifying protocols for protecting the database from security violations and confidentiality breaches; verifying protocols for database backup and recovery
    • WTC Registrant Information Updates: Establishing an infrastructure for regularly contacting WTC registrants; sending letters requesting updated contact information to a large proportion of registrants, selected based on exposure category; managing staff and data system for inputting and correcting registrant contact information
    • Data Dissemination: Preparing regular reports on enumeration of registrant populations, descriptive summaries, and emerging patterns of exposure or health status
    • Registry Follow-Up Survey: Assessing the basis for continuing prospective analysis of the long- term health effects of the exposures associated with the WTC attacks and the aftermath
    • Health Status Surveys: Matching registrants with cancer registries, hospitalization data, and vital records; performing appropriate analysis and disseminating findings
    • External Registry Studies: Establishing methods and processes for permitting other researchers to use the registry; setting up a system for other bona fide researchers to obtain, under a formal request, de-identified registry data; setting up and managing a process for contacting consented registrants about other studies in which they may enroll.
    • Alignment with WTC Health Program Research Agenda: Establishing a procedure that allows HHS/CDC/NIOSH WTC Health Program staff to review proposed internal Registry projects and external research projects proposed by independent researchers to ensure alignment with the research needs, priorities, and goals of the WTC Health Program.
    • Program Evaluation: Conducting an assessment of (1) the relevance of the program’s activities to improving the health status of the cohort and (2) the impact that the program has had in reducing illness; measuring contributions of the program in terms of outputs and outcomes (intermediate or final) that are attributable to the program’s activities; using and explaining quantitative measures in such assessments
    • Consultation and Collaboration: Developing science-based capacity for conducting epidemiological and demographic research related to the Registry under separate funding; attending and participating in bi-annual grantee research meetings

    NOTE: Awardees will retain custody of and have primary rights to the data and software developed under these awards, subject to government rights of access consistent with current DHHS, PHS, and CDC policies.

    HHS/CDC/NIOSH Responsibilities

    CDC/NIOSH staff may have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards, as described below:

    • Developing and maintaining the infrastructure for managing and conducting outreach activities.
    • Developing information to be given to the public regarding concerns and questions about the WTC Registry, as well as communication materials that will inform and encourage enrollees to continue their participation.
    • Regularly evaluating registry information and data that describe the status of the cohort.
    • Consulting on the survey to evaluate prospectively the long-term health effects in this cohort associated with the WTC attacks.
    • Consulting on health status surveys for selected samples of registrants.
    • Consulting on evaluation plans for the Registry to determine its relevance to the improvement of health for the cohort and measures of impact.
    • Developing a system that will permit other researchers to use the registry data.

    Additionally, an agency program official (Scientific Program Official) will be responsible for the normal scientific and programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the award notice.

    3. Reporting

    When multiple years are involved, awardees will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually and financial statements as required in the HHS Grants Policy Statement. Program staff will evaluate the effectiveness of resource sharing as part of the administrative review of each Non-Competing Continuation Grant Progress Report.

    A final progress report, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award, as described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

    The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later. Compliance with this law is primarily the responsibility of the Federal agency. However, two elements of the law require information to be collected and reported by awardees: 1) information on executive compensation when not already reported through the SAM Registration; and 2) similar information on all sub-awards/ subcontracts/ consortiums over $25,000. All awardees of applicable CDC grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) on all subawards over $25,000. See the HHS Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement.

    In accordance with the regulatory requirements provided at 45 CFR 75.113 and Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75, recipients that have currently active Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from all Federal awarding agencies with a cumulative total value greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of a Federal award, must report and maintain the currency of information reported in the System for Award Management (SAM) about civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings in connection with the award or performance of a Federal award that reached final disposition within the most recent five-year period. 

    The recipient must also make semiannual disclosures regarding such proceedings. Proceedings information will be made publicly available in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS).  This is a statutory requirement under section 872 of Public Law 110-417, as amended (41 U.S.C. 2313).  As required by section 3010 of Public Law 111-212, all information posted in the designated integrity and performance system on or after April 15, 2011, except past performance reviews required for Federal procurement contracts, will be publicly available.  Full reporting requirements and procedures are found in Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 – Award Term and Conditions for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

    Submission of Reports

    The Recipient Organization must provide HHS/CDC with an original, plus one hard copy of the following reports:

    1. Yearly Non-Competing Grant Progress Report. The RPPR is due 90 to 120 days prior to the end of the current budget period and is to be completed on the eRA Commons website. The progress report will serve as the non-competing continuation application. Although the financial plans of the HHS/CDC CIO(s) provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds, evidence of satisfactory progress by the recipient (as documented in required reports) and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal government.

    2. Annual Federal Financial Report (FFR) SF 425 is required and must be submitted through eRA Commons within 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the budget period ends.

    3. A final progress report, invention statement, equipment/inventory report, and the final FFR are required 90 days after the end of the project period.

    Content of Reports

    1. Yearly Non-Competing Grant Progress Report

    The grantee’s continuation application/progress report should include:

    • Description of Progress during Annual Budget Period: Current Budget Period Progress reported on the RPPR form in eRA Commons. Detailed narrative report for the current budget period that directly addresses progress towards the Measures of Effectiveness included in the current budget period proposal.
    • Research Aims: list each research aim/project

    Research Aim/Project: purpose, status (met, ongoing, and unmet), challenges, successes, and lessons learned

    Leadership/Partnership: list project collaborations and describe the role of external partners.

    • Translation of Research (1 page maximum). When relevant to the goals of the research project, the PI should describe how the significant findings may be used to promote, enhance, or advance translation of the research into practice or may be used to inform public health policy. This section should be understandable to a variety of audiences, including policy makers, practitioners, public health programs, healthcare institutions, professional organizations, community groups, researchers, and other potential users. The PI should identify the research findings that were translated into public health policy or practice and how the findings have been or may be adopted in public health settings. Or, if they cannot be applied yet, this section should address which research findings may be translated, how these findings can guide future research or related activities, and recommendations for translation. If relevant, describe how the results of this project could be generalized to populations and communities outside of the study. Questions to consider in preparing this section include:

    How will scientific findings be translated into public health practice or inform public health policy?

    How will the project improve or effect the translation of research findings into public health practice or inform policy?

    How will the research findings help promote or accelerate the dissemination, implementation, or diffusion of improvements in public health programs or practices?

    How will the findings advance or guide future research efforts or related activities?

    • Public Health Relevance and Impact (1 page maximum). This section should address improvements in public health as measured by documented or anticipated outcomes from the project. The PI should consider how the findings of the project relate beyond the immediate study to improved practices, prevention or intervention techniques, inform policy, or use of technology in public health. Questions to consider in preparing this section include:

    How will this project lead to improvements in public health?

    How will the findings, results, or recommendations been used to influence practices, procedures, methodologies, etc.?

    How will the findings, results, or recommendations contribute to documented or projected reductions in morbidity, mortality, injury, disability, or disease?

    • Current Budget Period Financial Progress: Status of obligation of current budget period funds and an estimate of unobligated funds projected provided on an estimated FFR.
    • New Budget Period Proposal:

    Detailed operational plan for continuing activities in the upcoming budget period, including updated Measures of Effectiveness for evaluating progress during the upcoming budget period. Report listed by Research Aim/Project.

    • Project Timeline: Include planned milestones for the upcoming year (be specific and provide deadlines).
    • New Budget Period Budget: Detailed line-item budget and budget justification for the new budget period. Use the CDC budget guideline format.
    • Publications/Presentations: Include publications/presentations resulting from this CDC grant only during this budget period. If no publication or presentations have been made at this stage in the project, simply indicate “Not applicable: No publications or presentations have been made."
    • IRB Approval Certification: Include all current IRB approvals to avoid a funding restriction on your award. If the research does not involve human subjects, then please state so. Please provide a copy of the most recent local IRB and CDC IRB, if applicable. If any approval is still pending at time of APR due date, indicate the status in your narrative.
    • Update of Data Management Plan: The DMP is considered a living document that will require updates throughout the lifecycle of the project. Investigators should include any updates to the project’s data collection such as changes to initial data collection plan, challenges with data collection, and recent data collected. Applicants should update their DMP to reflect progress or issues with planned data collection and submit as required for each reporting period.

    2. Annual Federal Financial Reporting

    The Annual Federal Financial Report (FFR) SF 425 is required and must be submitted through eRA Commons within 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the budget period ends. The FFR should only include those funds authorized and disbursed during the timeframe covered by the report. The final FFR must indicate the exact balance of unobligated funds and may not reflect any unliquidated obligations. There must be no discrepancies between the final FFR expenditure data and the Payment Management System's (PMS) cash transaction data.

    Failure to submit the required information in a timely manner may adversely affect the future funding of this project. If the information cannot be provided by the due date, you are required to submit a letter explaining the reason and date by which the Grants Officer will receive the information. The due date for final FFRs will continue to be 90 days after the Period of Performance end date.

    Grantees must submit closeout reports in a timely manner. Unless the Grants Management Officer (GMO) of the awarding Institute or Center approves an extension, grantees must submit a final FFR, final progress report, and Final Invention Statement and Certification within 90 days of the end of grant period. Failure to submit timely and accurate final reports may affect future funding to the organization or awards under the direction of the same Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI).

    FFR (SF 425) instructions for CDC grantees are now available at NIH Forms Library. For further information, contact GrantsInfo@nih.gov. Additional resources concerning the eFSR/FFR system, including a User Guide and an on-line demonstration, can be found on the eRA Commons Support Page.

    FFR Submission: The submission of FFRs to CDC will require organizations to register with eRA Commons (Commons). CDC recommends that this one-time registration process be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the submittal date of an FFR submission.

    Organizations may verify their current registration status by running the “List of Commons Registered Organizations” query found at: eRA Common Registration & Accounts. Organizations not yet registered can go to Welcome to the Commons for instructions. It generally takes several days to complete this registration process. This registration is independent of Grants.gov and may be done at any time.

    The individual designated as the PI on the application must also be registered in the Commons. The PI must hold a PI account and be affiliated with the applicant organization. This registration must be done by an organizational official or their delegate who is already registered in the Commons. To register PIs in the Commons, refer to the eRA Commons User Guide found at: Overview of the eRA Commons.

    3. Final Reports

    Final reports should provide sufficient detail for CDC to determine if the stated outcomes for the funded research have been achieved and if the research findings resulted in public health impact based on the investment.

    Specific guidance for the final report and annual outcome update is available on the NIOSH OEP website under Grant Closeout.

    Section VII. Agency Contacts

    We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

    Application Submission Contacts

    eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons, application errors and warnings, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, and post-submission issues)

    Finding Help Online: http://grants.nih.gov/support/ (preferred method of contact)
    Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

    General Grants Information (Questions regarding application instructions, application processes, and NIH grant resources)
    Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)
    Telephone: 301-945-7573

    Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and Workspace)
    Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
    Email: support@grants.gov

    Scientific/Research Contact

    James Yiin, PhD
    Scientific Program Official
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Telephone: 513-841-4271
    Email: JYiin@cdc.gov

    Peer Review Contact

    Examine your eRA Commons account for review assignment and contact information (information appears two weeks after the submission due date).

    Michael Goldcamp, PhD 

    Scientific Review Official

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Telephone: 304-285-5951

    Email: MGoldcamp@cdc.gov

    Financial/Grants Management Contact

    Darlene Harris

    Grants Management Specialist

    Office of Grants Services (OGS)

    Office of Financial Resources (OFR)

    Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Telephone: 770-488-3081

    Email: dph2@cdc.gov

    Section VIII. Other Information

    Other CDC funding opportunity announcements can be found at www.grants.gov. Recently issued trans-NIH policy notices may affect your application submission. A full list of policy notices published by NIH is provided in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    Authority and Regulations

    Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 75.

    Awards are made under the authorization of Sections of the Public Health Service Act as amended and under the Code Federal Regulations. Awards are made under the authorization of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Section 20(a) and 21(a) (29 USC 669(a) and 29 USC 670); Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, Section 501(a), 30 USC 951(a); the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Public Law 111–347; 42 USC 300mm – 300mm–61); Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement.

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