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New Funding Announcements

Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement

Description

The Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will establish a mechanism for ongoing collaboration among ONC and various standards development organizations (SDOs). It aims to provide support to these organizations for standards and interoperability work within these organization’s portfolios that is of mutual interest to ONC. This includes, but is not limited to, standards that involve clinical data exchange, such as those used for e-prescribing, public health reporting, “query,” research, lab ordering and lab results; standards for transporting clinical health information; and standards used to represent clinical concepts in vocabularies, terminologies, and code sets. This FOA will be a full and open competition. Up to five (5) new cooperative agreements will be awarded. This new FOA will provide funds for one year with the ability to provide additional funds for up to five years, subject to funding availability.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) activities support efforts to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services. Total funding available is $100,000. This collaboration with various SDOs will begin with a focused review of their available or potential standards testing infrastructure and their ability to measure the way in which the standards they publish are used in the field.

Application Deadlines and Key Dates

Notice of Intent to Apply Due: July 15, 2015

Applications Due: August 30, 2015

Informational Session will be held on July 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm EDT

FAQs

Updated on June 25, 2015

  1. Q: What is the title of the new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

    A: The new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement.

  2. Q: What Federal Agency is releasing the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement?

    A: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS or HHS), is the Federal Agency releasing the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled, Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement.

  3. Q: Under what authority is HHS releasing the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

    A: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015'', Pub. L. No. 113-235, Division G, Title II, and Title XXX, §§ 3001(c)(2) and 3011 of the Public Health Service Act.

  4. Q: What is the funding source of the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)?

    A: The funding source of the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity is the Annual Appropriations for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

  5. Q: Why is the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) not posted on HealthIt.gov?

    A: Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/home.html) is the federally designated website for announcing federally funded award programs, such as the Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and is held to Grant Public Law 106-107 as issued under guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/memoranda_fy04_m04-01) and (https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/omb/grants_reform). The Grants.gov program management office was established, in 2002, as a part of the President's Management Agenda. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Grant Public Law 106-107 can be found at (http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/about/grant-regulations.html).

  6. Q: What type of award is the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Cooperative Agreement Program?

    A: The Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity is a new award and will be made through a cost reimbursable Cooperative Agreement.

  7. Q: How many awards will be made under the new FOA?

    A: Five (5) awards will be made under this FOA.

  8. Q: Who can apply for the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity?

    A: Applicants must be a United States-based non-profit institution or organization (501c3 compliant), state or local government, agency or group in a designated community.

  9. Q: How much funding is available to each awardee of the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Cooperative Agreement Program?

    A: Initial funding made available to each awardee (i.e., United States-based non-profit institution or organization 501c3 compliant, state or local government, agency or group in a designated community) will be in an amount of up to $20,000. ONC reserves the right to make additional awards under this announcement, consistent with Agency policy, if additional funding becomes available after the original selection is made.

  10. Q: What are important dates associated with this FOA?

    A: Important dates associated with the Community Interoperability and HIE Program FOA are associated with the opening of the FOA for public application; public informational webinar; due date for Notice of Intent to Apply deadline; FOA Application submission due date; Estimated Award announcement date; and Anticipated Award beginning date, which can be referenced with in the FOA under the Opportunity Overview section and in the following table*:

    Public FOA release June 30, 2015 at EDT**
    Informational Webinar July 6, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. EDT
    Notice of Intent to Apply Due  (not mandatory) July 15, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. EDT
    Applications Due August 30, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. EDT
    Estimated Award Announcements September 15, 2015
    Anticipated Project Start Date September 30, 2015

    * All dates subject to change without notification based on convenience of the Federal Government.

    ** All times are Eastern Daylight Time stated as such or as Eastern Time or EDT.

  11. Q: What is the period of performance for the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity FOA?

    A: The Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity has a period of performance of five (5) years or 60 months after date of award.

  12. Q: How will successful applicants be selected to participate in the Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity?

    A: The applications received from Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will undergo the objective review process, once it has been determined that they have met the minimum review criteria as described under the FOA section labeled Application Instructions. Reviewers will utilize criteria described under the FOA Section labeled Application Evaluation as the basis for scoring applications passing initial screening, responsiveness, and completeness review.

  13. Q: How will award notification be made as to the selection of Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity awardee?

    A: The ONC Office of Grants Management (OGM) will contact the selected applicant awarded through email based on information provided in the application and by way of a Notice of Grant Award (NGA) through GrantSoutions.gov.

  14. Q: Where Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) questions be forwarded?

    A: Questions not addressed within the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) should be sent by way of email with a Subject Line indicating Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement Opportunity addressed to SDOCollaborationFOA@HHS.gov. Questions posed through this email address with be evaluated and added as appropriate to the FAQ.

NOTE: Responses from SDOCollaborationFOA@HHS.gov will be limited to receipt notification of the inquiry or initiating email and will not provide nor offer individual responses to such inquiries.