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93.942 Research, Treatment and Education Programs on Lyme Disease in the United States

FEDERAL AGENCY:

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Health Service Act, Sections 301, 42 U.S.C. 241(a) and 317(k)(2), 42 U.S.C. 247b(k)(2), as amended.
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To develop and implement practical and effective measures for the primary and secondary prevention of Lyme disease.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Funds will be available to develop disease surveillance, conduct ecological and epidemiological studies, develop prevention and control activities, develop better diagnostic tests, and develop and disseminate educational materials and programs. Grants include funds for direct costs, i.e., personnel, travel, equipment, supplies, necessary to carry out an approved project as well as funds for the reimbursement of applicable indirect costs. Unallowable costs, as well as those for which prior written approval is required, are indicated in the Public Health Service (PHS) Grants Policy Statement.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Public and nonprofit organizations able to provide services to geographical areas where Lyme disease is endemic or found to be newly emerging. Thus, universities, colleges, research institutions, State and local health departments, and private nonprofit organizations are eligible. Applications containing feasible proposals for public health education are of particular interest.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Beneficiaries will include anyone in the general public who may be exposed to the threat of Lyme disease in certain geographical areas.

Credentials/Documentation:   Nonprofit organizations are corporations or associations no part of whose net earnings may lawfully inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. Proof of nonprofit status must be submitted by private nonprofit organizations with the application or, if previously filed with PHS, the applicant must state where and when the proof was submitted.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program has no preapplication requirements. This program is excluded from review under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   The standard application forms, as furnished by the PHS and required by 45 CFR 92, must be used for this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 92 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations. Application kits are obtained by writing to: Ms. Mildred Garner, Grants Management Officer, Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2730.

Award Procedure:   After review and approval, a notice of award is prepared and processed, along with appropriate notification to the public. Initial award provides funds for first budget period (usually 12 months) and Notice of Award (Form 5152-1) indicates support recommended for the remainder of project period, allocation of Federal funds by budget categories, and special conditions, if any.

Deadlines:   Contact Headquarters Office listed below for application deadline dates.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Approximately 3 to 6 months.

Appeals:   None.

Renewals:   Cooperative agreements may be made for up to 3-year project periods. Subject to availability of funds, after initial awards, projects may be renewed competitively contingent upon submission and approval of applicants.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no matching requirements. This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Cooperative agreements are usually awarded for a 3-year project period. Initial awards are made for a 1-year budget period with continuation awards being made for up to an additional 2 years.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   An original and two copies of the progress report are due semi-annually and must be submitted to the Grants Management Officer within 30 days after each reporting period. Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period. Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials.

Records:   Financial records, including all documents to substantiate charges, must be maintained. Records may be destroyed 3 years after the end of the budget period if audit occurs by that time; if audit has not occurred, records must be retained until 3 years following the end of the budget period, or until audit and resolution of audit findings.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   75-0943-0-1-550.

Obligations:   (Cooperative Agreements) FY 01 $3,829,740; FY 02 est $3,850,475; and FY 03 est $3,900,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
$250,000 to $300,000; Average award depends on funding opportunity announcement.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, 20 new and competitive continuation awards were made. In fiscal year 2002, 20 non-competitive continuation awards were made. It is anticipated that approximately 20 non-competitive continuation awards will be made in fiscal year 2003.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000 (Rev.) April 1, 1994. Pertinent information may be obtained by contacting the Headquarters Office.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Regional Agency Offices. Bacterial Diseases Branch, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Office of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3156 Rampart Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521. Branch Extramural Activities Contacts: Ms. Diane Hamm - Telephone: (970) 221-6414 and Dr. Charles B. (Ben) Beard - Telephone: (970) 221- 6418. Division Extramural Activities Contacts: Mr. Leo Weakland - Telephone: (970) 221-6426 or Dr. Lyle R. Petersen - Telephone: (970) 221-6428.

Headquarters Office:   Christine Morrison 1600 Clifton Road, E60, Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4018 Email: CMorrison@cdc.gov Phone: 404-718-8845 Fax: 404-718-8640

Web Site Address:  
http://www.cdc.gov/

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:


Not Applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Applications for public health research grants and cooperative agreements are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the HHS/CDC peer review system. Applications are evaluated by a chartered Special Emphasis Panel in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and in accordance with CDC peer review policy and manual. Applications will be evaluated on the review criteria described in the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). In general, the review and selection process of complete and responsive applications to the FOA consists of determination of the scientific merit by peer review, availability of funds, and relevance of program priorities and the priorities of DHHS. Refer to the FOA for additional review criteria.

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