Part I Overview Information

Department of Health and Human Services

Participating Organizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (http://www.cdc.gov)

Components of Participating Organizations
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh)

Title:  Occupational Safety and Health Training Project Grants (T03)

The policies, guidelines, terms, and conditions of the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in this announcement may differ from those used by other HHS agencies.

Authority: This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance at http://www.cfda.gov/ and is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency Review. 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); Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Parts 52 and 86 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.

Announcement Type:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a reissue of PAR-06-484.

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Program Announcement (PA) Number: PAR-10-288

NOTICE: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF 424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.

APPLICATIONS MAY NOT BE SUBMITTED IN PAPER FORMAT.

This FOA must be read in conjunction with the application guidelines included with this announcement in Grants.gov/Apply for Grants (hereafter called Grants.gov/Apply).

A registration process is necessary before submission and applicants are highly encouraged to start the process at least four (4) weeks prior to the grant submission date. See Section IV.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number(s)
93.262

Key Dates
Release Date:  September 24, 2010
Opening Date: November 17, 2010
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not applicable
Application Due Date(s): December 17, 2010; August 24, 2011; August 24, 2012; August 23, 2013; August 24, 2014
NOTE: On-time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted by no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Please see Section IV, 3.C. Application Processing.

Peer Review Date(s): February/March, 2011; February/March, 2012; February/March 2013;   February/March, 2014; February/March 2015
Council Review Date(s): May, 2011; May, 2012; May, 2013; May, 2014; May, 2015   
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2011; July 1, 2012; July 1, 2013; July 1, 2014; July 1, 2015
Expiration Date: August 25, 2014

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Additional Overview Content

Executive Summary

Table of Contents


Part I Overview Information

Part II Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
  1. Training Program Objectives

Section II. Award Information
  1. Mechanism(s) of Support
  2. Funds Available

Section III. Eligibility Information
  1. Eligible Applicants
    A. Eligible Institutions
    B. Eligible Individuals
  2. Cost Sharing or Matching
  3. Other - Special Eligibility Criteria

Section IV. Application and Submission Information
  1. Request Application Information
  2. Content and Form of Application Submission
  3. Submission Dates and Times
    A. Submission, Review and Anticipated Start Dates
    B. Sending an Application
    C. Application Processing
  4. Intergovernmental Review
  5. Funding Restrictions
  6. Other Submission Requirements

Section V. Application Review Information
  1. Criteria
  2. Review and Selection Process
    A. Additional Review Criteria
    B. Additional Review Considerations
    C. Resource Sharing Plan(s)
    D. Selection Process
  3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Section VI. Award Administration Information
  1. Award Notices
  2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements
  3. Reporting

Section VII. Agency Contact(s)
  1. Scientific/Research Contact(s)
  2. Peer Review Contact(s)
  3. Financial/ Grants Management Contact(s)

Section VIII. Other Information - Required Federal Citations

Part II - Full Text of Announcement


Section I. Funding Opportunity Description


The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2020," a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas. This FOA is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2020" at www.healthypeople.gov.

1. Training Program Objectives

The purpose of this program is to continue existing, and/or establish new Training Project Grants (TPG) that are focused on occupational safety and health. NIOSH is mandated to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91-596, 84 Stat. 1590), and the TPGs are one of the means for meeting this mandate. TPGs are institutions that provide training in the core disciplines of Industrial Hygiene (IH), Occupational Health Nursing (OHN), Occupational Medicine Residency (OMR), Occupational Safety (OS), and other allied fields closely related to occupational safety and health (OSH). Applicants proposing academic training programs in allied disciplines closely related to OSH or continuing education in OSH must contact the program administrator identified in this announcement to discuss the concept and its relevance to OSH training program priorities. The NIOSH homepage provides a full description of occupational safety and health program areas.

The TPGs are the major part of a network of training grants that help ensure there is an adequate supply of qualified professional occupational safety and health practitioners and researchers. TPG training programs are intended to provide practitioner training as a priority. In the OSH field, proposed doctoral research training programs logically should be built on an established practitioner training program.

Partnerships and collaborative relationships are encouraged between Training Project Grants and regional NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center Grantees. The relationship should be described within the Background section of the application.

In reviewing TPG applications, and in order to encourage new applications, consideration will be given to the training program requirements specified below, as well as the developing nature of proposed programs and the applicant’s stated ability to produce program graduates who will meet documented occupational safety and health workforce needs.

Training Programs

This program will support high quality Bachelors, Masters, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral (OMR only) training programs. This program will not support academic certificate programs. Grantees are expected to track all program graduates, including placement and progress in their careers.

Certain training areas are considered “core disciplines”. The core disciplines are: OMR, OHN, IH, and OS. In addition to these core disciplines, in order to take full advantage of the unique strengths and capabilities of institutions, consideration will be given to the development of new and innovative academic component programs in allied disciplines that are relevant to the occupational safety and health field, e.g., ergonomics, industrial toxicology, occupational injury prevention, occupational epidemiology, occupational health psychology, occupational health services, and agricultural safety and health. There must be a minimum of five (5) full time trainees in each program, with the exception of OMR, where there must be at least four (4) full time trainees.

Occupational Health Physics is an allied occupational safety and health academic program that continues as a new area of interest to NIOSH. Occupational health physicists establish radiation protection measures and radiation exposure characteristics for individual and classes of workers in various occupational environments where radioactive materials are used. Occupational Health Physics academic and research training programs are needed that provide masters and doctoral level training in health physics, radiation protection measures, exposure pathway analysis, and radiation dose estimation and reconstruction. These are critical areas of instruction and essential components of occupational health radiation protection programs.

Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), http://www.acgme.org, is required for OMR programs. In addition, a TPG is encouraged to have accreditation of the Bachelors and Masters level training programs by applicable recognized specialized accrediting organizations, including ABET, http://www.abet.org.

TPGs must document that the core or allied training programs proposed will fill a critical gap in the selected occupational safety and health disciplines that meet specific regional workforce needs. A regional OSH workforce assessment is an important tool in establishing the need for OSH training programs.  Evidence of meeting such needs includes documented placement of graduates in responsible occupational safety and health practitioner and/or research positions in the private and/or public sectors. In addition, TPGs must have an advisory committee of three or more individuals who can provide advice on the program focus and curriculum. The committee may include representatives of labor, industry, government agencies, academic institutions and professional associations.

Each core area program curriculum should include courses that fully prepare trainees to move into and/or advance in the OSH work environment. Appropriate clinical rotations and field experiences with occupational safety and health agencies or other appropriate groups and with labor-management health and safety groups are encouraged.

Core programs can offer masters and doctoral degrees. Pre-doctoral training must lead to the Masters degree and/or the Ph.D. degree or a comparable research doctoral degree. Pre-doctoral training should emphasize fundamental training in areas of occupational safety and health sciences.

A TPG is encouraged to provide Doctoral and Masters trainees instruction in the following areas:

  1. Responsible conduct of research (required for all Masters [research] and Doctoral trainees)
  2. How to write research grant proposals (optional)
  3. How to manage research laboratories (optional)

 In addition, a TPG must have an Under-represented Trainee Recruitment and Retention Plan.

TPGs are encouraged to recruit and train students to help address the under-representation among the occupational safety and health professional workforce. A detailed plan to address the under-representation of minorities among occupational safety and health professionals and for the recruitment of under-represented minorities to the core programs must be a part of the application. The initial review group will review this plan as part of the overall rating of the application. Specific efforts to conduct outreach activities to develop collaborative training programs with academic institutions serving minority and other under-represented populations, such as Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions are encouraged.

See Section VIII, Other Information - Required Federal Citations, for policies related to this announcement.

Section II. Award Information


1. Mechanism(s) of Support

This funding opportunity announcement uses the T03 award mechanism. The PD/PI will be solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project.

T03 Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Training Programs: assist qualified institutions to improve and expand the training of both undergraduate and graduate students in disciplines related to an area of interest of the awarding Institute/Division.

This announcement is restricted to one activity code for infrastructure support reasons. The combined undergraduate/graduate training activity code (T03) has been selected. Applications for separate undergraduate, graduate or continuing education training projects will also be accepted under this announcement. Applicants are advised to clearly specify in their cover letter, and in the title of the application, which type of training program is being proposed.

TPG support is for new and renewal (Formerly “Competing Continuation”) applications.

This FOA uses “just-in-time” information concepts (see SF424 (R&R) Application Guide). It also uses the non-modular SF 424 (R&R) budget format. Applicants must complete and submit detailed categorical budget requests using the SF24 Research and Related (R&R) Budget Component found in the application package for this FOA.

This program is an ongoing program. The announcement is open for applications for up to five years, and NIOSH intends to re-announce the program upon expiration of this announcement.

2. Funds Available

The total amount of funds awarded under this program is approximately $3 million per year for new competing applications, competing renewal applications, and continuing awards. The number of awards for this program is between 20 and 30 depending on the quality of the applications and funds available. Each year the number of new competing and competing renewal awards will vary between one and ten depending on the number of five year awards that have ended. The anticipated start date for these awards is July 1 of the year following application submission. Awards for undergraduate programs may have total budget of up to a maximum of $50,000 per year. Awards for predoctoral academic programs may have total budget of up to a maximum of $125,000 per year. Awards for occupational medicine residency programs may have total budget of up to a maximum $200,000 per year.

Because the nature and scope of the proposed training program will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of NIOSH provide support for this program, the total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend on the number, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received, as well as upon the availability of funds.

2.A. Allowable Costs

Allowable costs must be consistent with HHS policy and be reasonable, allocable, well documented and fully justified for the training program proposed in the application. Grant funds may not be used to supplant funds otherwise available at the applicant institution. Follow the  instructions for completing the budget information in the SF 424 (R&R) application, using the Research & Related (R&R) budget.

Trainee and Training Related Costs:

 Individual trainees may receive up to five years of support at the predoctoral level and three years of support at the postdoctoral level (OM Residents only). Any exception to the maximum period of support requires a waiver from NIOSH based on review of justification submitted by  the individual and the institution. Stipends are not allowed for part-time trainees.

Funding may be requested up to the levels described below. Unless an applicant receives written permission from the NIOSH program director named below, any requests for funding above these levels will cause the application to be determined non-responsive, and the application will not be reviewed.

Trainee Stipends:

Stipends are provided as a subsistence allowance to help trainees defray living expenses during the training experience. The stipend is not provided as a condition of employment with either the Federal Government or the awardee institution. Stipends may be paid to eligible trainees (see: http://grants1.nih.gov/training/phs2271.pdf). Stipends must be based on the NIH/NRSA levels (see below web site) in place at the time of grant award.  For appointments of less than a full year, the stipend will be prorated using a monthly or daily basis. The monthly stipend amount is calculated by dividing the current annual stipend by 12. The daily stipend is calculated by dividing the current annual stipend by 365.

Tuition and Fees:

The institution may request tuition and fees (including appropriate health insurance) only to the extent that the same resident or nonresident tuition and fees are charged to regular non-Federally supported students. Tuition at the postdoctoral level is limited to that required for specified courses.

Other Trainee Costs:

Trainee travel, including attendance at scientific meetings that the institution determines to be necessary to the individual's training, is an allowable trainee expense.

Additional support for travel to a training experience away from the institution may be permitted. Training experiences away from the parent institution must be justified considering the type of opportunities for training available, the manner in which these opportunities differ from and compliment those offered at the parent institution, and the relationship of the proposed experience to the trainee's career stage and goals. This type of training requires prior approval from NIOSH. Letters requesting such training may be submitted to NIOSH at any time during the award period. For OMR training, applicant may request funds for other necessary costs required for the residency training such as malpractice insurance, hospital parking and other required expenses for all residents at the institution.

Training Related Expenses (TRE):

 Funds may be requested to defray the cost of other training related expenses such as faculty and staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, supplies, and travel expense for the training faculty. Because there are core costs that are fixed, the following scale should be used to determine the training related expenses:

1.     Core academic programs (IH/OS/OHN). $12,000 per full time trainee supported by the TPG award for the first five (5) trainees; $3,000 per each additional full time/full time equivalent trainee supported by the TPG award.

2.     Allied OSH and HSAT programs. $12,000 per full time trainee supported by the TPG award for the first three (3) trainees; $3,000 per each additional full time/full time equivalent trainee supported by the TPG award.

3.     Core academic OMR program. $20,000 per full time trainee supported by the award for the first four (4) trainees; $5,000 per each additional full time/full time equivalent trainee supported by the TPG award.

Training related expenses (TRE) cannot exceed 40% of the total program budget for all academic programs. Academic training programs use both the R&R Budget pages and the PHS 398 Budget page. On the R&R Budget A-D, specify the TRE items requested. On the PHS 398 Budget insert the TRE costs under B – Other Direct Costs Continuing Education Programs  must use only the PHS 398 Budget page.

 Diversity Recruitment and Retention Plan (REQUIRED)Up to $2,000 in direct costs may be requested per year. Include in the budget under “Other Direct Costs”. A detailed budget for this activity is not required; however, in the budget justification, the program director should describe the use of these funds.

Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs: F&A costs for the applicant organization and consortium participants will be reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs (excluding tuition, fees, and equipment).

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

Section III. Eligibility Information


1. Eligible Applicants

1.A. Eligible Institutions

The following organizations/institutions are eligible to apply:

NOTE: Foreign institutions are not eligible to apply

1.B. Eligible Individuals in Organizations/Institutions

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed training program as the PD/PI is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for HHS/CDC support.

To help assure the stability and viability of the TPG, the Program Director must be a full-time faculty/staff member.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

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

3. Other-Special Eligibility Criteria

Post-doctoral trainees (OM residents only) must meet the NIH guidelines for support under the National Research Service Award (T32) program. See the following web site for further information on the NIH guidelines: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-036.html.

Sponsoring Institution: The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed institutional training program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and relevant resources that can contribute to the planned program. The application must include a letter explaining the institutional commitment to the proposed institutional training program (see Section IV.6, Item 14).

Trainee Citizenship: The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Noncitizen nationals are people, who, although not citizens of the United States, owe permanent allegiance to the United States. They generally are people born in outlying possessions of the United States (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence must have a currently valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) or other legal verification of such status. For example, if an individual has the proper validation on his/her passport, a notarized photocopy of the passport could suffice. Because there is a 6-month limitation on this validation, it is the grantee’s responsibility to follow up and ensure that the individual received the I-551 prior to the 6-month expiration date.

A notarized statement verifying possession of permanent residency documentation must be submitted with the Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271). Individuals with a Conditional Permanent Resident status must first meet full (non-conditional) Permanent Residency requirements before receiving Kirschstein-NRSA support. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support.

Advisory Committee: An advisory committee is required to provide input, guidance, and oversight of the program. Describe the membership (including background relevant to the program) and responsibilities of the advisory committee.

Number of Applications: An applicant institution may only submit one grant application under this announcement. For the purpose of this FOA, an applicant educational institution is considered to be the main campus of the institution as listed in the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Resubmissions: Applicants may submit a resubmission application, but such application must include an Introduction addressing the previous peer review critique (Summary Statement).

Renewals: Applicants may submit a renewal application.

Section IV. Application and Submission Information


To download a SF424 (R&R) Application Package and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for completing the SF424 (R&R) forms for this FOA, use the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or link to http://www.grants.gov/Apply/ and follow the directions provided on that Web site.

Registration:

Appropriate registrations with Grants.gov and eRA Commons must be completed on or before the due date in order to successfully submit an application. Several of the steps of the registration process could take four weeks or more. Therefore, applicants should immediately check with their business official to determine whether their organization/institution is already registered with both Grants.gov and the Commons. All registrations must be complete by the submission deadline for the application to be considered “on-time” (see 3.C.1 for more information about on-time submission).

A one-time registration is required for institutions/organizations at both:

PDs/PIs should work with their institutions/organizations to make sure they are registered in the eRA Commons.

Several additional separate actions are required before an applicant institution/organization can submit an electronic application, as follows:

1) Organizational/Institutional Registration in Grants.gov/Get Registered

2) Organizational/Institutional Registration in the eRA Commons

3) Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Registration in the NIH eRA Commons: Refer to the NIH eRA Commons System (COM) Users Guide.

Both the PDs/PI(s) and AOR/SO need separate accounts in the NIH eRA Commons since both are authorized to view the application image.

Note: The registration process is not sequential. Applicants should begin the registration processes for both Grants.gov and eRA Commons as soon as their organization has obtained a DUNS number. Only one DUNS number is required and the same DUNS number must be referenced when completing Grants.gov registration, eRA Commons registration and the SF424 (R&R) forms.

1. Request Application Information

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for this FOA through Grants.gov/Apply.

Note: Only the forms package directly attached to a specific FOA can be used. You will not be able to use any other SF424 (R&R) forms (e.g., sample forms, forms from another FOA), although some of the "Attachment" files may be useable for more than one FOA.

 For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: TTY 301-451-0088.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

Prepare all applications using the SF424 (R&R) application forms for this FOA through Grants.gov/Apply and in accordance with the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm).

The SF424 (R&R) Application Guide is critical to submitting a complete and accurate application to NIH. Some fields within the SF424 (R&R) application components, although not marked as mandatory, are required by NIH (e.g., the “Credential” log-in field of the “Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile” component must contain the PD/PI’s assigned eRA Commons User ID). Agency-specific instructions for such fields are clearly identified in the Application Guide. For additional information, see “Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.”

The SF424 (R&R) application has several components. Some components are required, others are optional. The forms package associated with this FOA in Grants.gov/APPLY includes all applicable components, required and optional. A completed application in response to this FOA includes the data in the following components:

Required Components:
SF424 (R&R) (Cover component)
SF424 (R&R) Project/Performance Site Locations
SF424 (R&R) Other Project Information
SF424 (R&R) Senior/Key Person (Expanded)
SF424 (R&R) Budget
PHS398 Cover Page Supplement
PHS 398 Checklist
PHS 398 Training Budget
PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan

Optional Component:
PHS 398 Cover Letter

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Applications Involving a Single Institution

When all PDs/PIs are within a single institution, follow the instructions contained in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Applications Involving Multiple Institutions 

When multiple institutions are involved, one institution must be designated as the prime institution, and funding for the other institutions(s) must be requested via a subcontract to be administered by the prime institution. When submitting a detailed budget, the prime institution should submit its budget using the Research & Related Budget component. All other institutions should have their individual budgets attached separately to the Research & Related Budget Sub-award Budget Attachments(s) Form. See Section 4.8 of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for further instruction regarding the use of the sub-award budget form.

Evaluation Plan

The application must describe an evaluation plan to review and determine the quality and effectiveness of the proposed training program. This should include plans to obtain feedback from current and former trainees to help identify weaknesses in the program and to provide suggestions for program improvements, as well as plans for assessing trainee career development and progression, including publications, and subsequent positions. Evaluation results should be included in future renewal applications and as part of the Final Progress Report.

3. Submission Dates and Times

Applications must be received on or before the due dates specified in Section IV.3.A.

3.A. Submission, Review and Anticipated Start Dates
Opening Date: November 17, 2010
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): Not applicable
Application Due Date(s): December 17, 2010; August 24, 2011; August 24, 2012; August 23, 2013; August 24, 2014
Peer Review Date(s): February/March, 2011; February/March, 2012; February/March 2013;   February/March, 2012; February/March 2013
Council Review Date(s): May, 2011; May, 2012; May, 2013; May, 2014; May, 2015  
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2011; July 1, 2012; July 1, 2013; July 1, 2014; July 1, 2015
Expiration Date: August 25, 2014

3.A.1. Letter of Intent

A letter of intent is not required for this funding opportunity.

3.B. Submitting an Application Electronically

Applications for this FOA are submitted to NIH.  To submit an application in response to this FOA, applicants should access this FOA via http://www.grants.gov/Apply and follow steps 1-4. Note:  Applications must only be submitted electronically. PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. All attachments must be provided in PDF format, file names must be included with no spaces or special characters, and a .pdf extension must be used.

3.C. Application Processing

3.C.1. Submitting On-Time

Applications may be submitted on or after the opening date and must be successfully received by Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization) on the application due date(s). (See Section IV.3.A. for all dates.) If an application is not submitted by the due date(s) and time, the application may be delayed in the review process or not reviewed.

All applications must meet the following criteria to be considered “on-time”:

Please visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/support.htm for detailed information on what to do if Grants.gov or eRA system issues threaten your ability to submit on time.

Submission to Grants.gov is not the last step – applicants must follow their application through to the eRA Commons to check for errors and warnings and view their assembled application!

3.C.2. Two Day Window to Correct eRA Identified Errors/Warnings

IMPORTANT NOTE! NIH has eliminated the error correction window for due dates of January 25, 2011 and beyond. As of January 25, all corrections must be complete by the due date for an application to be considered on-time. See NOT-OD-10-123.

Once an application package has been successfully submitted through Grants.gov, NIH provides applicants a two day error correction window to correct any eRA identified errors or warnings before a final assembled application is created in the eRA Commons. The standard error correction window is two (2) business days, beginning the day after the submission deadline and excluding weekends and standard federal holidays. All errors must be corrected to successfully complete the submission process. Warnings will not prevent the application from completing the submission process.

Please note that the following caveats apply:

3.C.3. Viewing an Application in the eRA Commons

Once any eRA identified errors have been addressed and the assembled application has been created in the eRA Commons, the PD/PI and the Authorized Organization Representative/Signing Official (AOR/SO) have two weekdays (Monday – Friday, excluding Federal holidays) to view the assembled application before it automatically moves forward to NIH for further processing.

Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness by the CSR and NIOSH. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

There will be an acknowledgement of receipt of applications from Grants.gov and the Commons. The submitting AOR/SO receives the Grants.gov acknowledgments. The AOR/SO and the PI receive Commons acknowledgments. Information related to the assignment of an application to a Scientific Review Group is also in the Commons.

Note: Since email can be unreliable, it is the responsibility of the applicant to check periodically on the application status in the Commons.

HHS/CDC will not accept any application in response to this FOA that is essentially the same as one currently pending initial merit review unless the applicant withdraws the pending application. The HHS/CDC will not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed. However, the HHS/CDC will accept a resubmission application, but such application must include an Introduction addressing the critique from the previous review.

4. Intergovernmental Review

Executive Order 12372 does not apply to this FOA.

5. Funding Restrictions

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

The TPG funding mechanism should not be used as a substitute for individual research grant support. It is expected that research investigators participating in the TPG will have a history of independent project support in addition to the special support available to TPG members.

Generally, funds for renovation of existing facilities or to purchase substantial amounts of equipment will not be allowed. If such requests are made, they must be justified in terms of the critical nature of the equipment/renovations for the success of the overall objectives of the TPG award.

 A NIOSH trainee appointment may not be held concurrently with another federally sponsored fellowship, traineeship, or similar Federal award that provides a stipend or otherwise duplicates provisions of the NIOSH support.

Training related expenses (TRE) cannot exceed 40% of the total program budget for all academic programs.

Indirect costs are limited to 8% of total direct costs exclusive of tuition and fees, and equipment.

6. Other Submission Requirements and Information

PD/PI Credential (e.g., Agency Login)

The HHS/CDC requires the PD(s)/PI(s) to fill in his/her Commons User ID in the “PROFILE – Project Director/Principal Investigator” section, “Credential” log-in field of the “Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile” component.

Organizational DUNS

The applicant organization must include its DUNS number in its Organization Profile in the eRA Commons. This DUNS number must match the DUNS number provided at CCR registration with Grants.gov. For additional information, see “Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.”

All application instructions outlined in the PHS398 Application Instruction are to be followed, incorporating "Just-in-Time" information concepts.

PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan

Page limitations of the Training Program Plan (uploaded using the PHS398 Research Training Program Plan) component must be followed as outlined in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, Section 8, Supplemental Instructions for the Institutional NRSA Application.

All application instructions outlined in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide are to be followed, with the following requirements for TPG applications:

Item 1. Introduction to Application: (for Resubmission or Revision only):

Item 2. Background: Provide the rationale for the proposed OSH training program, relevant background history, and the need for the program proposed. Indicate how the proposed program will foster the training of selected trainees. Summarize the training activities of the major participating unit(s) and department(s) represented in the proposed program. Include the names and roles of participating faculty members planned to contribute to the program.

Item 3. Program Plan: Include the following sections: Program Administration, Program Faculty, Proposed Training Program, Program Evaluation, and Institutional Environment, Commitment, and Resources

Describe the administrative structure of the program and the distribution of responsibilities within it, including the means by which the program director will obtain continuing advice with respect to the operation of the program.

In a table (see sample Table 3a) provide statistical data for the previous budget period (past training year) on all trainees (including type of degree and trainee number by academic status) and another table (see sample Table 3b) with aggregate data for the current project period.

In a table (see sample Table 4) provide a listing of all program graduates for the current project period (name, degree date, degree awarded, and current employment). Please be sure to indicate whether or not the graduate was employed in the Occupational Safety and Health field or enrolled in advanced OSH academic training upon completion of the training program.

In competing continuation applications, denote trainees who were or are supported by this training grant with an asterisk. Individuals who were trained at sites other than the applicant organization may be included but should be specifically identified. Publications of trainees should be listed in the Progress Report of this application (see instructions for Progress Report below).

Indicate how the individual disciplinary and/or departmental components of the program are integrated and coordinated and how they will relate to an individual trainee's experience. Describe interdisciplinary experience between students in core and allied program areas including course work, field projects, seminars and other activities.

Provide representative examples of programs for individual trainees. Include curricula, degree requirements, didactic courses, laboratory/internship/practicum experiences, qualifying/comprehensive examinations, and other training activities, such as seminars, journal clubs, etc. For doctoral training, describe how the preceptor and research problems are chosen, how each trainee's program will be guided, and how the trainee's performance will be monitored and evaluated. It is not necessary to provide syllabi for all the courses in the appendix. Include only the relevant core disciplinary courses.

In a table (see sample Table 5) display the following information for the current project period: 1) number of individuals who have formally applied for training; 2) number offered admission; 3) number who entered training; 4) number who completed or are currently in training; and 5) number who left the program.

Prospective trainees. In a table (see sample Table 6), indicate the credentials and application outcomes of the applicant pool for the previous budget period for the program. For each applicant (identified with a number in sequence, rather than by name, to safeguard privacy) indicate the Graduate Record Examination scores (if applicable). Indicate whether applicants were or were not offered admission, which applicants matriculated, and whether applicants were U.S. citizens or had permanent resident status.

Prospective postdoctoral (OM) trainees. In a table (see sample Table 7), present the qualifications of prospective postdoctoral (OM) trainees in the most recent applicant pool. Provide the degree(s) and year awarded, thesis research topic, preceptor, citizenship or permanent resident status, and residency training (when appropriate) for each prospective applicant to the program. Indicate whether applicants were or were not offered admission and which applicants entered the program.

Item 4. Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity: NIOSH promotes broad and systematic efforts to recruit individuals from groups currently under represented in occupational safety and health professional practice and research.

Applications without a plan for diversity recruitment efforts will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Describe the program's previous efforts and plans to recruit and train graduate students and/or postdoctoral (OM) trainees from groups under-represented in occupational safety and health. Organize the information as follows:

Item 5. Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research:

Applications lacking a plan for instruction in the responsible conduct of research will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Every master’s (research), doctoral and postdoctoral (OM) trainee must receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. Describe a plan to provide trainees with formal and informal instruction on scientific integrity and ethical principles in research. The plan must address the rationale for the instruction, the format and subject matter, the degree of faculty participation, trainee attendance, plans to assess the quality and the frequency of instruction. For competing continuation applications, describe the type of instruction provided in the current project period, the degree of student participation, the results of any assessments and other relevant information.

Item 6. Progress Report: Briefly describe the accomplishments of the training program. Do not exceed 5 pages of narrative for the program.  This Item only applies to renewal applications. 

In a table (see example Table 8), list all trainees who were, or are, supported by this training grant (current project period only, if applicable). For each student provide: 1) name; 2) year of entry into the training program; 3) prior institution and degree at entry; 4) source of support during each year of training, e.g., this training grant, another training grant (specify), research grant, university fellowship, individual fellowship (specify), etc.; 5) name of research mentor, if applicable; and 6) research topic, if applicable.

In the narrative section of the Progress Report, list each trainee supported during the period covered and indicate in parentheses the preceptor/mentor. Briefly summarize the research conducted by each trainee and list all publications (full citation) that resulted from the work done during training. Where possible for past trainees, describe the extent of their current involvement in research, including research grant support and representative recent publications. This information will be used to track the pattern of support of trainees and the subsequent career development of former trainees.

Describe any specific effects of this training program on curriculum and/or research directions. Describe how the funds provided under Training Related Expenses were used to benefit the program.

Item 7. Human Subjects: Where appropriate, include a list of already reviewed research project grants (grant number, principal investigator, project title) and their IRB approval dates or exemption designations. (See sample Table 11).

Item 8. Vertebrate Animals: Where appropriate, include a list of already reviewed research project grants (grant number, principal investigator, project title) and their IACUC approval dates. (See sample Table 12).

Item 9. Select Agent Research: Not applicable.

Item 10. Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan: Not Applicable.

Item 11. Consortium/Contractual Arrangements: Describe any programmatic, fiscal, or administrative arrangements between the applicant organization and other participating organizations.

Item 12. Participating Faculty Biosketches: Include biographical sketches, not to exceed four pages each, for all key professional personnel and other significant contributors to the training program. Assemble sketches with the program director first and others following in alphabetical order.

Item 13. Data Tables: Applications must include data tables using the NIOSH recommended Sample Tables (the web address is http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/oep/funding.html#train). The information in the data tables will be used by reviewers and NIOSH staff during peer review and in reaching funding decisions.

Item 14. Letters of Support:  Provide the sponsoring institution’s letter of commitment and support (see Section III.3.)

Item 15. Appendix: Applicants must follow the specific instructions on Appendix materials as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide (See http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). Do not use the Appendix to circumvent the page limitations of the Training Program Plan component. An application that does not comply with the required page limitations may be delayed in the review process.

Appendices are needed but should include only those materials appropriate for the proposed TPG program.  Appendices should include course descriptions, sample curricula and schedule, and course brochures. Syllabi for academic disciplinary areas and publications and manuscripts that are related to OSH research projects may also be included.

A summary listing all of the items included in the appendix is required, and should be the first PDF file.

SF424 R&R Cover Component

Item 8. Type of Application: Unless stated in the applicable FOA, TPG awards are usually renewable. Therefore, the applicant should generally check “new” or “renewal.” PDs/PIs should check the specific FOA to determine the types of applications that will be accepted.

Item 12. Proposed Project (Start and Ending Dates): The requested period of support is up to 3 yrs. for new applications and up to 5 yrs. for renewal applications.

Item 14. Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) Contact Information: Provide the name of the PD/PI who will direct the institutional program. The PD/PI is the individual who is responsible for providing the scientific and administrative leadership in the development and implementation of the proposed program.

Project/Performance Site Locations Component

Indicate where the training program described in the Training Program Plan will be conducted. Include collaborating sites, if appropriate.

If multiple sites are involved in the training program, the applicant institution must be one of these sites for the program. A justification must be included for sites other than the applicant institution in the program narrative.

Research and Related (R&R) Other Project Information Component

Item 7. Project Summary/Abstract: (Do not exceed 1 page): Provide an abstract of the entire application, including the long-term goals and objectives of the program, key elements of the training program plan. Include the rationale and design of the program, the planned duration and projected number of trainees including their levels (e.g., predoctoral, postdoctoral).

Item 8. Project Narrative: Using no more than two or three sentences, describe the relevance of the proposed training program to public health. In this section, use plain language that can be understood by a general, lay audience.

Item 9. Bibliography & References Cited: This item should be used only to cite reference supporting the need, rationale, and approach for the proposed training program described in the PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan. Note that the Literature Cited section is captured in this section (unlike the placement in the PHS 398). Do not include lists of publications of project directors, and faculty in this section, as this information will be included in the biosketches.

Item 10. Facilities & Other Resources: Describe in an attachment the institutional environment, including the facilities, laboratories, participating departments, computer services, and any other resources to be used in the development and implementation of the proposed program.

Item 12. Other Attachments:

Senior/Key Person Profile(s) Component

The PD/PI: The PD/PI must be registered in the eRA Commons and be assigned the PI role within the Commons. Follow the instructions in Part I.2 which provides information regarding required registration in the eRA Commons.

Key Personnel must include the PD/PI as well as any other key persons involved in developing, implementing, directing, monitoring, evaluating, etc., who are integral to and have key roles in the proposed training program.

See Section 4.5 of the Grants.gov Application Guide SF424 (R&R)

Complete the Profile for the PD/PI according to instructions in Section 4.5 of the Grants.gov Application Guide SF424 (R&R).

Complete the Profiles for Other Senior/Key Persons according to instructions in Section 4.5 of the Grants.gov Application Guide SF424 (R&R)

The PD/PI, applicable faculty, and any other individuals whose contributions are critical to the development, management and execution of the Training Program Plan in a substantive, measurable way (whether or not salaries are reimbursed) should be identified as Senior/Key Persons. These would include other program faculty and staff.

 Other Personnel: See “R&R Budget Component Research & Related Budget,” Item “B” below.

Budget Components

Training Program applications will use the non-modular budget format (Research & Related Budget component) and "Just-in-Time" concepts. See Sections II and Section IV for budgetary guidance. Instructions for completing the SF424 R&R Budget Component are provided below. Information regarding allowable costs is provided in this specific FOA. The R&R Budget component includes three separate data entry screens (1) Sections A and B; (2) Sections C through E; and (3) Sections F through K. Applicants must complete a separate detailed budget for each year of support requested.

SF424 R&R Budget Component Research & Related Budget: Complete for each budget period requested.

A.    Senior/Key Person: complete for all senior/key persons associated with the training   program. The PD/PI must be included here.

B.    Other Personnel: complete for all other personnel (including clerical and program administrative staff) associated with the training program.

C.    Equipment: self-explanatory.

D.    Travel: include here any travel funds requested for senior/key persons and other personnel (i.e. those persons identified in Sections A. and B.) associated with the program.

E.    Participant/Trainee Support Costs: See Section II.2. for details on costs.

F.    Other Direct Costs: Include the other funds requested for the training program. Itemize within the budge justification.

G.    Indirect Costs: Indirect costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees and expenditures for equipment) rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

K.    Budget Justification: provide a detailed justification for each category for which funds are requested.

PHS 398 Training Budget: In addition to the SF424 R&R budget the PHS 398 Training Budget is needed to specify and document trainee costs including stipends, tuition/fees, and other direct costs. Guidance on the budget categories is found in Section II.2. Please note that the total direct and indirect costs must be the same for both budgets submitted.

Although many of the sections of this application are separate PDF attachments, page limitations referenced in the instructions and/or funding opportunity announcement must still be followed. Agency validations will include checks for page limits (and use of appropriate font). Some accommodation will be made for sections that, when combined, must fit within a specified limitation.

Text attachments should be generated using word processing software and then converted to PDF using PDF generating software. Avoid scanning text attachments to convert to PDF since that causes problems for the agency handling the application. In addition, be sure to save files with descriptive file names.

When attaching a PDF document to the actual forms, please note you are attaching an actual document, not just pointing to the location of an externally stored document. Therefore, if you revise the document after it has been attached, you must delete the previous attachment and then reattach the revised document to the application form. Use the “View Attachment” button to determine if the correct version has been attached.

Section V. Application Review Information


1.   Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process.

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications that are complete will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate scientific review group in accordance with CDC/NIOSH peer review procedures using the review criteria stated below.  

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications will:

The mission of CDC is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. The goal of the NIOSH research and training programs is to identify the risks and conditions that are associated with occupational diseases and injuries, to explore methods for reducing risks and for preventing or minimizing exposure to hazardous conditions in the workplace, and to translate significant scientific findings into prevention practices and products that will effectively reduce work-related illnesses and injuries. The overall goal of the NIOSH-supported training program is to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained OSH practitioners and researchers are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate OSH disciplines to address the Nation’s occupational safety and health research and training needs. The scientific review group will address and consider each of the review criteria in assigning the application's overall score, weighting them as appropriate for each application.

Review Process

Applications that are complete and responsive to this FOA will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened by NIOSH in accordance with HHS/NIH peer review procedures (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/peer/) using the review criteria stated below. See http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/ for additional information concerning the enhanced peer review process to be used for this announcement.

Site Visits

Site visits are not part of the review plan for this program, and will only be used in rare circumstances.

NIOSH objectives include the support of education programs that train personnel to address occupational safety and health issues, and provide continuing education programs for personnel engaged in occupational safety and health work. In the written comments, reviewers will be asked to discuss the following aspects of the application in order to judge the likelihood that the proposed training and research training will have a substantial impact on the pursuit of these objectives. The scientific review group will address and consider each of these criteria in assigning the application's overall impact score, weighting them as appropriate for each application.

Overall Impact

Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the occupational safety and health training  field, in consideration of the following eight  core review criteria, and additional review criteria (as applicable for the project proposed).

Scored Review Criteria

Reviewers will consider each of the eight review criteria below in the determination of scientific and technical 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: The potential impact of the program in meeting the regional and national needs for occupational safety and health training. Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the occupational safety and health training field?

Past Performance: The adequacy of the record of the program in training and the success of graduates as documented in part by the required table that includes numbers of trainees, length of training, employment history, placement, and location and type of placement; and further documented through progress in their careers after graduation. Evidence of career development can include receipt of fellowships, career awards, further training appointments, a record of successful competition for grants, receipt of special honors or awards, a record of publications, receipt of patents, promotion to scientific positions, and any other measures of success consistent with the nature and duration of the training received.

Approach: The adequacy of the curriculum content and design, the formal training objectives, and the plans to meet the professional needs. Is the course content adequate to achieve the proposed degree? Are the courses, course sequence, time devoted to lecture, laboratory, and field experience, and the nature of specific field and clinical experiences including their relationships with didactic programs consistent with a high quality, innovative program? Is there evidence of the integration of research experience into the curriculum, and field and clinical experiences?

Where applicable, what is the accreditation status of the academic program? Is there adequate consideration of requirements for information dissemination and special industrial, labor or community training needs that may be peculiar to the region? Is it likely that the academic training program can achieve the targeted enrollment? How adequate is the plan for tracking the careers of trainees? Is there an adequate plan for an advisory committee that includes members from industry and labor?

Training Program Evaluation:  How is the program evaluated? How does the program evaluate the curriculum? What are the admission requirements for trainees? How does the Program Director insure that trainees complete TPG  training requirements? What is the program record for placement of graduates? Is there a critical mass of faculty to sustain the program?

Innovation: The degree of innovation of the program. Does the application challenge and seek to shift current occupational safety and health training paradigms by utilizing novel concepts, approaches or methodologies?  Does the academic program involve new and improved approaches to training and education relevant to the occupational safety and health field?

Environment: Quality, sufficiency, and multidisciplinary character of the training and research environment. Is the level of institutional commitment, quality of available facilities, courses, research and research training support suitable?  Is the proposed program to be an integral component of the applicant institution’s overall research program/mission?  Is there a record of success in obtaining outside support to supplement the academic program such as other federal grants, support from states and other public agencies, and support from the private sector?

Training Staff: Qualifications of the Program Director and faculty in delivering academic training in the proposed field. Does the Program Director have the scientific background, expertise, and experience appropriate to direct, manage, coordinate, and administer the proposed research training program?  Does the Program Director plan to commit adequate time to the program? For doctoral and post-doctoral training programs, do the teaching staff and mentors have experience as research investigators in occupational safety and health as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and research grant support? Are there sufficient numbers of experienced mentors to support the number and levels of trainees proposed in the application?

Candidates: The quality of the recruitment pool, the adequacy of plans for recruiting trainees from this pool in the proposed academic area, and the adequacy of plans for recruiting candidates from under-represented  groups.

2.A. Additional Review Criteria

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will consider the following additional items in the determination of scientific and technical merit, 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 six 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 six 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.

Additional HHS/CDC Requirements under AR-1 Human Subjects Requirements are available on the internet at the following address: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/grants/additional_req.shtm#ar1.

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children. When the proposed project involves clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for inclusion of minorities and members of both genders, as well as the inclusion of children. Please see http://www.cdc.gov/OD/foia/policies/inclusio.htm for more information.

Vertebrate Animals. The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following five points: 1) proposed use of the animals, and species, strains, ages, sex, and numbers to be used; 2) justifications for the use of animals and for the appropriateness of the species and numbers proposed; 3) adequacy of veterinary care; 4) procedures for limiting discomfort, distress, pain and injury to that which is unavoidable in the conduct of scientifically sound research including the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs and/or comfortable restraining devices; and 5) methods of euthanasia and reason for selection if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. For additional information see: http://www.grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/VASchecklist.pdf.

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.

Resubmission Applications. When reviewing a Resubmission application (formerly called an amended application), the committee will evaluate the application as now presented, taking into consideration the responses to comments from the previous scientific review group and changes made to the project.

Renewal Applications. When reviewing a Renewal application (formerly called a competing continuation application), the committee will consider the progress made in the last funding period. In addition, the committee will consider the following:

Revision Applications. When reviewing a Revision application (formerly called a competing supplement application), the committee will consider the appropriateness of the proposed expansion of the scope of the project. If the Revision application relates to a specific training program presented in the original application that was not recommended for approval by the committee, then the committee will consider whether the responses to comments from the previous scientific review group are adequate and whether substantial changes are clearly evident.

2.B. Additional Review Considerations

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

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 training program.

Under-represented Trainee Recruitment and Retention Plan. NIOSH remains committed to increasing the participation of (1) individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups and (2) individuals with disabilities in occupational safety and health research and practice. All competing applications for institutional training grants must include a specific plan to recruit and retain under-represented groups in the training program. In addition, all competing continuation applications must include a report on the recruitment and retention of under-represented groups during the previous award period. If an application is received without a plan or without a report on the previous award period, the application will be considered incomplete and will be returned to the applicant without review.

Competing continuation and non-competing applications must include a detailed account of experiences in recruiting individuals from under-represented groups during the previous funding period. Information must be included on successful and unsuccessful recruitment strategies. The report should provide information on the racial/ethnic distribution of:

For trainees who were enrolled in the program, whether they finished their training.

The success of efforts to recruit and retain under-represented trainees is a factor in the assessment of the quality of the trainee pool and thus will be included within the priority score. In addition, peer reviewers will separately evaluate the recruitment and retention plan and report (for competing renewals) after the overall score has been determined. Reviewers will examine the strategies to be used in the recruitment of under-represented trainee and whether the experience in recruitment during the previous award period has been incorporated into the formulation of the plan for the next award period. The review panel's evaluation will be included in an administrative note in the summary statement. If the plan or the record of under-represented trainee recruitment and retention is judged to be unacceptable, funding will be withheld until a revised plan (and report) that addresses the deficiencies is received. Staff within NIOSH, with guidance from the NIOSH Secondary Review Committee, will determine whether amended plans and reports submitted after the initial review are acceptable.

Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Every masters (if research), pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral (OM) trainee supported by this training grant must receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. All Applications must include a plan to provide such instruction. The plan must address five components: format; subject matter; faculty participation; duration of instruction; and frequency of instruction as detailed in NOT-OD-10-019. Renewal (Type 2) applications must, in addition, describe changes in formal instruction over the past project period and plans for the future that address any weaknesses in the current instruction plan. All training faculty who served as course directors, speakers, lecturers, and/or discussion leaders during the past project period must be named in the application. Applications lacking a plan for instruction in responsible conduct of research will be considered incomplete and may be delayed in the review process. The background, rationale and more detail about instruction in the responsible conduct of research can be found in NOT-OD-10-019. See SF424, Section 8.7. Research Training Program Plan Components, Item 5, Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Select Agent Research. Not applicable to Training Grants.

2.C. Resource Sharing Plan(s)

Plan for Sharing Research Data – Not applicable to Training Grants.

Sharing Research Resources - Not applicable to Training Grants.

2.D. Selection Process

Applications submitted in response to this funding opportunity will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Not Applicable.

Section VI. Award Administration Information


1. Award Notices

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

If the application is under consideration for funding, HHS/CDC may request "just-in-time" information from the applicant. HHS grants policies as described in the HHS Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made in response to this FOA.

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document. Once all administrative and programmatic issues have been resolved, the NoA will be generated via email notification from the awarding component to the grantee business official.

Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the expense of the recipient.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

The Code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR Part 74 and Part 92 has details about requirements. For more information, see the National Archives and Records Administration at the following Internet address: . Additional requirements are available Section VIII. Other Information of this document or on the HHS/CDC website at the following Internet address: . These will be incorporated into the NoA by reference.

Terms and Conditions will be incorporated into the award statement and will be provided to the Program Director as well as to the appropriate institutional official, at the time of award.

Training Project Grants may not be transferred from one institution to another.

 3. Reporting

The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

Recipient Organization must provide HHS/CDC with an original, plus two hard copies of the following reports:

Non-Competing Grant Progress Report, (use form PHS 2590, posted on the HHS/CDC website, and at no less than 120 days prior to the end of each budget period. The progress report will serve as the non-competing continuation application.

Financial status reports are required no more than 90 days after the end of each budget period.

Final financial and performance reports are required no more than 90 days after the end of the project period.

Recipient Organization must forward these reports by the U.S. Postal Service or express delivery to the Grants Management Specialist listed in the “Agency Contacts” section of this FOA.

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.

Trainee Reporting Requirements: The institution must submit a completed Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271) for each trainee appointed or reappointed to the training grant. This form must be submitted to the Grants Management Specialist at or before the start of each trainee’s appointment or reappointment. An appointment or re-appointment may begin any time during the budget period, but not before the budget period start date of the grant year. When applicable a notarized statement verifying possession of permanent residency documentation must be submitted with the Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271). Individuals with a Conditional Permanent Resident status must first meet full (non-conditional) Permanent Residency requirements before receiving NIOSH training grant support.

Failure by the grantee institution to submit the required forms in a timely, complete, and accurate manner may result in an expenditure disallowance or a delay in any continuation funding for the award. Forms may be found on the NIH Website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm.

Section VII. Agency Contacts


We encourage your inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Inquiries may fall into three areas: scientific/research (program), peer review, and financial or grants management issues:

1. Scientific/Research Contact(s):

John Talty, MS, P.E.
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
4676 Columbia Parkway, Mail stop C- 7
Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
Telephone: (513) 533-8241
FAX: (513) 533-8564
Email: jtt2@cdc.gov

2. Peer Review Contact(s):

M. Chris Langub, Ph.D.
Scientific Review Officer
Office of Extramural Programs
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road, N.E., Mailstop E74
Atlanta, GA 30333
Telephone: (404) 498-2543
FAX: (404) 498-2571
Email: mlangub@cdc.gov 

Overnight Mail Address:

2400 Century Parkway NE (4th Floor)
Atlanta GA 30345-3114

3. Financial/Grants Management Contact(s):

Peter Grandillo, Jr.
Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(Courier) 626 Cochrans Mill Road
(USPS) P.O. Box 18070 - MS P05
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236-0070
Telephone: (412) 386-6834
FAX: (412) 386-6429
Email: png2@CDC.GOV

4. General Questions Contact(s):

Technical Information Management Section
HHS/CDC Procurement and Grants Office
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
2920 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, GA  30341
Telephone:  770-488-2700

Section VIII. Other Information – Required Federal Citations


Human Subjects Protection

Federal regulations (45 CFR Part 46) require that applications and proposals involving human subjects must be evaluated with reference to the risks to the subjects, the adequacy of protection against these risks, the potential benefits of the research to the subjects and others, and the importance of the knowledge gained or to be gained (http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm). Additional HHS/CDC Requirements under AR-1 Human Subjects Requirements can be found on the Internet at the following address:  http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/ARs.htm.

Use of Animals in Research

Recipients of PHS support for activities involving live, vertebrate animals must comply with the PHS Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/PHSPolicyLabAnimals.pdf) as mandated by the Health Research Extension Act of 1985 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/hrea1985.htm), and the USDA Animal Welfare Regulations (http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm) as applicable. Additional HHS/CDC Requirements under AR-3 Animal Subjects Requirements can be found on at http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/ARs.htm.

Requirements for Inclusion of Women and Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Research

It is the policy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to ensure that individuals of both sexes and the various racial and ethnic groups will be included in CDC/ATSDR-supported research projects involving human subjects, whenever feasible and appropriate. Racial and ethnic groups are those defined in OMB Directive No. 15 and include American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Applicants shall ensure that women, racial and ethnic minority populations are appropriately represented in applications for research involving human subjects. Where clear and compelling rationale exist that inclusion is inappropriate or not feasible, this situation must be explained as part of the application. This policy does not apply to research studies when the investigator cannot control the race, ethnicity, and/or sex of subjects. Further guidance to this policy is contained in the Federal Register, Vol. 60, No. 179, pages 47947-47951, and dated Friday, September 15, 1995.

Inclusion of Persons under the Age of 21 in Research

The policy of CDC is that persons under the age of 21 must be included in all human subjects research that is conducted or supported by CDC, unless there are scientific and ethical reasons not to include them. This policy applies to all CDC-conducted or CDC-supported research involving human subjects, including research that is otherwise exempt in accordance with Sections 101(b) and 401(b) of 45 C.F.R. Part 46, HHS Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. Therefore, proposals for research involving human subjects must include a description of plans for including persons under the age of 21. If persons under the age of 21 will be excluded from the research, the application or proposal must present an acceptable justification for the exclusion.

In an extramural research plan, the investigator should create a section titled "Participation of persons under the age of 21." This section should provide either a description of the plans to include persons under the age of 21 and a rationale for selecting or excluding a specific age range, or an explanation of the reason(s) for excluding persons under the age of 21 as participants in the research. When persons under the age of 21 are included, the plan must also include a description of the expertise of the investigative team for dealing with individuals at the ages included, the appropriateness of the available facilities to accommodate the included age groups, and the inclusion of a sufficient number of persons under the age of 21 to contribute to a meaningful analysis relative to the purpose of the study. Scientific review groups at CDC will assess each application as being acceptable or unacceptable in regard to the age-appropriate inclusion or exclusion of persons under the age of 21 in the research project, in addition to evaluating the plans for conducting the research in accordance with these provisions.

The inclusion of children (as defined by the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted) as subjects in research must be in compliance with all applicable subparts of 45 C.F.R. Part 46, as well as with other pertinent federal laws and regulations.

The policy of inclusion of persons under the age of 21 in CDC-conducted or CDC-supported research activities in foreign countries (including collaborative activities) is the same as that for research conducted in the United States.

HIV/AIDS Confidentiality Provisions

Recipients must have confidentiality and security provisions to protect data collected through HIV/AIDS surveillance, including copies of local data release policies; employee training in confidentiality provisions; State laws, rules, or regulations pertaining to the protection or release of surveillance information; and physical security of hard copies and electronic files containing confidential surveillance information.

Describe laws, rules, regulations, or health department policies that require or permit the release of patient-identifying information collected under the HIV/AIDS surveillance system to entities outside the public health department; describe also the measures the health department has taken to ensure that persons reported to the surveillance system are protected from further or unlawful disclosure.

Some projects may require Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or a certificate of confidentiality.

HIV Program Review Panel Requirements

Compliance with Content of AIDS-Related Written Materials, Pictorials, Audiovisuals, Questionnaires, Survey Instruments, and Educational Sessions (June 1992) is required.

To meet the requirements for a program review panel, you are encouraged to use an existing program review panel, such as the one created by the State health department's HIV/AIDS prevention program. If you for your own program review panel, at least one member must be an employee (or a designated representative) of a State or local health department. List the names of the review panel members on the Assurance of Compliance form, CDC 0.1113. Submit the program review panel's report that all materials have been approved.

If the proposed project involves hosting a conference, submit the program review panel's report stating that all materials, including the proposed conference agenda, have been approved. Submit a copy of the proposed agenda with the application.

Before funds are used to develop educational materials, determine whether suitable materials already exist in the CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN). The website can be found at; http://www.nchstp.cdc.gov/od/infocenter/npin.htm.

Patient Care

Ensure that all STD or HIV infected patients enrolled in the proposed project will be linked to an appropriate local care system that can address their specific needs, such as medical care, counseling, social services, and therapy.

Paperwork Reduction Act Requirements

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, projects that involve the collection of information from 10 or more individuals and funded by a grant or a cooperative agreement will be subject to review and approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Smoke-Free Workplace Requirements

HHS/CDC strongly encourages all recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and to promote abstinence from all tobacco products. Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities that receive Federal funds in which education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children.

Healthy People 2020

The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2020," a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas. This FOA is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2020" at www.healthypeople.gov.

Lobbying Restrictions

Applicants should be aware of restrictions on the use of HHS funds for lobbying of Federal or State legislative bodies. Under the provisions of 31 U.S.C. Section 1352, recipients (and their sub-tier contractors) are prohibited from using appropriated Federal funds (other than profits from a Federal contract) for lobbying congress or any Federal agency in connection with the award of a particular contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or loan. This includes grants/cooperative agreements that, in whole or in part, involve conferences for which Federal funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to encourage participants to lobby or to instruct participants on how to lobby.

In addition no part of HHS/CDC appropriated funds, shall be used, other than for normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships, for publicity or propaganda purposes, for the preparation, distribution, or use of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication, radio, television, or video presentation designed to support or defeat legislation pending before the Congress or any State or local legislature, except in presentation to the Congress or any State or local legislature itself. No part of the appropriated funds shall be used to pay the salary or expenses of any grant or contract recipient, or agent acting for such recipient, related to any activity designed to influence legislation or appropriations pending before the Congress or any State or local legislature.

Any activity designed to influence action in regard to a particular piece of pending legislation would be considered "lobbying." That is lobbying for or against pending legislation, as well as indirect or "grass roots" lobbying efforts by award recipients that are directed at inducing members of the public to contact their elected representatives at the Federal or State levels to urge support of, or opposition to, pending legislative proposals is prohibited. As a matter of policy, HHS/CDC extends the prohibitions to lobbying with respect to local legislation and local legislative bodies.

The provisions are not intended to prohibit all interaction with the legislative branch, or to prohibit educational efforts pertaining to public health. Clearly there are circumstances when it is advisable and permissible to provide information to the legislative branch in order to foster implementation of prevention strategies to promote public health. However, it would not be permissible to influence, directly or indirectly, a specific piece of pending legislation

It remains permissible to use HHS/CDC funds to engage in activity to enhance prevention; collect and analyze data; publish and disseminate results of research and surveillance data; implement prevention strategies; conduct community outreach services; provide leadership and training, and foster safe and healthful environments.

Recipients of HHS/CDC grants and cooperative agreements need to be careful to prevent HHS/CDC funds from being used to influence or promote pending legislation. With respect to conferences, public events, publications, and "grassroots" activities that relate to specific legislation, recipients of HHS/CDC funds should give close attention to isolating and separating the appropriate use of HHS/CDC funds from non-CDC funds. HHS/CDC also cautions recipients of HHS/CDC funds to be careful not to give the appearance that HHS/CDC funds are being used to carry out activities in a manner that is prohibited under Federal law.

Prohibition on Use of HHS/CDC Funds for Certain Gun Control Activities

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act specifies that: "None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control."

Anti-Lobbying Act requirements prohibit lobbying Congress with appropriated Federal monies. Specifically, this Act prohibits the use of Federal funds for direct or indirect communications intended or designed to influence a member of Congress with regard to specific Federal legislation. This prohibition includes the funding and assistance of public grassroots campaigns intended or designed to influence members of Congress with regard to specific legislation or appropriation by Congress.

In addition to the restrictions in the Anti-Lobbying Act, HHS/CDC interprets the language in the HHS/CDC Appropriations Act to mean that HHS/CDC funds may not be spent on political action or other activities designed to affect the passage of specific Federal, State, or local legislation intended to restrict or control the purchase or use of firearms.

Accounting System Requirements

The services of a certified public accountant licensed by the State Board of Accountancy or the equivalent must be retained throughout the project as a part of the recipient's staff or as a consultant to the recipient's accounting personnel. These services may include the design, implementation, and maintenance of an accounting system that will record receipts and expenditures of Federal funds in accordance with accounting principles, Federal regulations, and terms of the cooperative agreement or grant.

Capability Assessment

It may be necessary to conduct an on-site evaluation of some applicant organization's financial management capabilities prior to or immediately following the award of the grant or cooperative agreement. Independent audit statements from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for the preceding two fiscal years may also be required.

Proof of Non-profit Status

Proof of nonprofit status must be submitted by private nonprofit organizations with the application. Any of the following is acceptable evidence of nonprofit status: (a) a reference to the applicant organization's listing in the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) most recent list of tax-exempt organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code; (b) a copy of a currently valid IRS tax exemption certificate; (c) a statement from a State taxing body, State Attorney General, or other appropriate State Official certifying that the applicant organization has a nonprofit status and that none of the net earnings accrue to any private shareholders or individuals; (d) a certified copy of the organization's certificate of incorporation or similar document that clearly establishes nonprofit status; (e) any of the above proof for a State or national parent organization and a statement signed by the parent organization that the applicant organization is a local nonprofit affiliate.


Security Clearance Requirement

All individuals who will be performing work under a grant or cooperative agreement in a HHS/CDC-owned or leased facility (on-site facility) must receive a favorable security clearance, and meet all security requirements. This means that all awardees employees, fellows, visiting researchers, interns, etc., no matter the duration of their stay at HHS/CDC must undergo a security clearance process.

Small, Minority, And Women-owned Business

It is a national policy to place a fair share of purchases with small, minority and women-owned business firms. The Department of Health and Human Services is strongly committed to the objective of this policy and encourages all recipients of its grants and cooperative agreements to take affirmative steps to ensure such fairness. In particular, recipients should:

  1. Place small, minority, women-owned business firms on bidders’ mailing lists.
  2. Solicit these firms whenever they are potential sources of supplies, equipment, construction, or services.
  3. Where feasible, divide total requirements into smaller needs, and set delivery schedules that will encourage participation by these firms.
  4. Use the assistance of the Minority Business Development Agency of the Department of Commerce, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, DHHS, and similar state and local offices.

Research Integrity

The signature of the institution official on the face page of the application submitted under this Funding Opportunity Announcement is certifying compliance with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations in Title 42 Part 93, Subparts A-E, entitled PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE POLICIES ON RESEARCH MISCONDUCT.

The regulation places requirements on institutions receiving or applying for funds under the PHS Act that are monitored by the DHHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) (http://ori.hhs.gov./policies/statutes.shtml).

For example, Section 93.301 Institutional assurances. (a) General policy. An institution with PHS supported biomedical or behavioral research, research training or activities related to that research or research training must provide PHS with an assurance of compliance with this part, satisfactory to the Secretary. PHS funding components may authorize [[Page 28389]] funds for biomedical and behavioral research, research training, or activities related to that research or research training only to institutions that have approved assurances and required renewals on file with ORI. (b) Institutional Assurance. The responsible institutional official must assure on behalf of the institution that the institution-- (1) Has written policies and procedures in compliance with this part for inquiring into and investigating allegations of research misconduct; and (2) Complies with its own policies and procedures and the requirements of this part.

Compliance with Executive Order 13279

Faith-based organization are eligible to receive federal financial assistance, and their applications are evaluated in the same manner and using the same criteria as those for non-faith-based organizations in accordance with Executive Order 13279, Equal Protection of the Laws for Faith-Based and Community Organizations. All applicants should, however, be aware of restrictions on the use of direct financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for inherently religious activities. Under the provisions of Title 45, Parts 74, 87, 92 and 96, organizations that receive direct financial assistance from DHHS under any DHHS program may not engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytization as a part of the programs or services funded with direct financial assistance from DHHS. If an organization engages in such activities, it must offer them separately, in time or location, from the programs or services funded with direct DHHS assistance, and participation must be voluntary for the beneficiaries of the programs or services funded with such assistance. A religious organization that participates in the DHHS funded programs or services will retain its independence from Federal, State, and local governments, and may continue to carry out its mission, including the definition, practice, and expression of its religious beliefs, provided that it does not use direct financial assistance from DHHS to support inherently religious activities such as those activities described above. A faith-based organization may, however, use space in its facilities to provide programs or services funded with financial assistance from DHHS without removing religious art, icons, scriptures, or other religious symbols. In addition, a religious organization that receives financial assistance from DHHS retains its authority over its internal governance, and it may retain religious terms in its organization=s name, select its board members on a religious basis, and include religious references in its organization=s mission statements and other governing documents in accordance with all program requirements, statutes, and other applicable requirements governing the conduct of DHHS funded activities. For further guidance on the use of DHHS direct financial assistance see Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 87, Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, and visit the internet site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/fbci/

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Requirements

Recipients of this grant award should note that pursuant to the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164) covered entities may disclose protected health information to public health authorities authorized by law to collect or receive such information for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability, including, but not limited to, the reporting of disease, injury, vital events such as birth or death, and the conduct of public health surveillance, public health investigations, and public health interventions. The definition of a public health authority includes a person or entity acting under a grant of authority from or contract with such public agency. HHS/CDC considers this project a public health activity consistent with the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information and HHS/CDC will provide successful recipients a specific grant of public health authority for the purposes of this project.

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

(Public Law 89-665, 80 Stat. 915)

The grantee’s signature on the grant application attests to their: (1) knowledge of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Public Law 89-665, 80 Stat. 915); and (2) intent to ensure all grant related activities are in compliance with referenced public law, as stated:

a.     Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) states:

The head of any Federal agency, having direct or indirect jurisdiction over a proposed Federal or Federally assisted undertaking in any State and the head of any Federal department or independent state agency having authority to license any undertaking,  shall, prior to the approval of the expenditure of any Federal funds on the undertaking or prior to the issuance of any license, as the case may be, take into account the effect of the undertaking on any district, site, building, structure, or object that is included in or is eligible for inclusion in the National Register. The head of any such Federal agency shall afford the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation established under Title II of this ACT a reasonable opportunity to comment with regard to such undertaking.

b.    Additionally, the NHPA also contains the following excerpt that forbids “anticipatory demolition:”

Each Federal agency shall ensure that the agency will not grant a loan, loan guarantee, permit, license, or other assistance to an applicant who, with intent to avoid the requirements of Section 106 of this Act, has intentionally, significantly, adversely affected a historic property to which the grant would relate or, having legal power to prevent it, allowed such significant adverse effect to occur, unless the agency, after consultation with the Council, determines that circumstances justify granting such assistance despite the adverse effect created or permitted by the applicant.

Conference Disclaimer and Use of Logos

Disclaimer: Where a conference is funded by a grant or cooperative agreement, a sub grant or a contract the recipient must include the following statement on conference materials, including promotional materials, agenda, and internet sites:

“Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by [insert grant or cooperative agreement award number] from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) or the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) . The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.”

Logos: Neither the HHS nor the CDC (“CDC” includes ATSDR) logo may be displayed if such display would cause confusion as to the source of the conference or give the false appearance of Government endorsement. A non-federal entity’s unauthorized use of the HHS name or logo is governed by U.S.C. § 1320b-10, which prohibits the misuse of the HHS name and emblem in written communication. The appropriate use of the HHS logo is subject to the review and approval of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (OASPA). Moreover, the Office of the Inspector General has authority to impose civil monetary penalties for violations (42 C.F.R. Part 1003). Neither the HHS nor the CDC logo can be used on conference materials under a grant, cooperative agreement, contract or co-sponsorship agreement without the expressed, written consent of either the Project Officer or the Grants Management Officer. It is the responsibility of the grantee (or recipient of funds under a cooperative agreement) to request consent for the use of the logo in sufficient detail to assure a complete depiction and disclosure of all uses of the Government logos, and to assure that in all cases of the use of Government logos, the written consent of either the Project Officer or the Grants Management Officer has been received.


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