Current Funding Announcements
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) US Cooperative Agreement Program
On June 14, 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the Integrating the Health Enterprise US (IHE) Cooperative Agreement Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This is a non-competitive funding opportunity and is restricted to the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise USA. The purpose of this NOFO is to support advancements in the technical standards necessary to achieve interoperability among health IT systems and to reach the milestones identified in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and in support of section 4003 (Interoperability) of the Cures Act. This cooperative agreement will advance the implementation consistency and readiness of the current and new versions of IHE integration profiles that support the restful exchange of HL7 FHIR and other dependent technical standards for adoption by the healthcare industry.
The program will be funded up to $500,000 for the first year. Further funding is subject to the availability of funds.
Program Period: 8/30/2019 – 8/29/2024
Previous Funding Announcements
Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement – Recognized Coordinating Entity
On April 19, 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement – Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The purpose of this NOFO is to support the 21st Century Cures Act’s efforts to advance the establishment of nationwide interoperability of Electronic Health Information (EHI) through a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement. This Cooperative Agreement will fund a single award with a 4-year program period to select a RCE to develop, update, implement, and maintain the Common Agreement component of the Trusted Exchange Framework for ONC approval. The RCE will also work with ONC to designate and monitor Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs), modify and update an accompanying QHIN Technical Framework, engage with public stakeholders through virtual public listening sessions, adjudicate noncompliance with the Common Agreement, and propose sustainability strategies for an RCE to continue to support trusted data exchange through QHIN connectivity at the expiration of the term of the Cooperative Agreement.
The program will be funded $900,000 for the first year.
Program Period: 8/30/2019 – 8/29/2023
Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP)
This funding opportunity will address well-documented and fast emerging challenges that inhibit the development, use, and/or advancement of well-designed, interoperable health IT. It is expected to further a new generation of health IT development and inform the innovative implementation and refinement of standards, methods, and techniques for overcoming major barriers and challenges as they are identified.
New Areas of Funding
ONC will be awarding two new awards for up to $1 million per award in fiscal year 2019 to address the standardization of patient information for seamless access, exchange, and use under the Leading Edge Acceleration Projects (LEAP) in Health Information Technology (IT) funding opportunity (NAP-AX-18-003).
Under this Special Emphasis Notice (SEN) for fiscal year 2019, ONC is particularly interested in applications whose specific aims addresses one of the following areas of interest:
- Area 1: Standardization and Implementation of Scalable Health Level 7 International’s (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Consent Resource
- Area 2: Design, Develop, and Demonstrate Enhanced Patient Engagement Technologies for Care and Research
Market Transparency Project for Health IT Interoperability Services Cooperative Agreement Program
On June 30, 2017, ONC released the Market Transparency Project for Health IT Interoperability Services Funding Opportunity Announcement (MTP FOA). This funding opportunity announcement is designed to improve transparency in the current market by funding the development of an independent, open, online resource (e.g., an interactive website containing crowdsourced and voluntarily submitted data), whose design features and functionality is to be guided by market research to be performed by the recipient on costs frequently associated with health IT interoperability services.
The total funding available under this FOA is $250,000.
The Certified Health IT Surveillance Capacity and Infrastructure Improvement Cooperative Agreement Program
ONC is excited to announce a new cooperative agreement program called the Certified Health IT Surveillance Capacity and Infrastructure Improvement No. NAP-AX-17-003. This new approach is aimed at improving and expanding the surveillance capacity and infrastructure that exists for health IT certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Awardees will be required to develop a Strategic Plan and an Operational Plan that will demonstrate how they will improve and expand the surveillance capacity and infrastructure that currently exists for health IT.
ONC FUNDING FOR CYBER THREAT INFORMATION SHARING IN THE HEALTH CARE AND PUBLIC HEALTH (HPH) SECTOR
The purpose of this five-year cooperative agreement is to build the capacity of an information sharing and analysis organization (ISAO) to share CTI bi-directionally with the Health and Public Health (HPH) sector and HHS about cyber threats and provide outreach and education that improves cyber security awareness and equips. The recipient may anticipate a total budget of $250,000 from ONC for the first year. Continued funding will be contingent on the recipient continuing to meet all the milestones and the availability of funds.
Up to 15 winners will be awarded a cash prize and up to 8 winners may be invited to present their papers at an upcoming industry-wide workshop co-hosted with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),
12-15 white papers will be awarded a cash prize in the range of $1,500 - $5,000
The High Impact Pilots (HIP) Cooperative Agreement Program
ONC is excited to announce a new cooperative agreement program called the High Impact Pilots (HIP). This new approach implements HIT Standards Committee recommendations, continues ONC’s investment toward implementing the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, and fits within the ONC Tech Lab’s focus on pilots for standards and technology.
The program is intended to catalyze the implementation of standards and technology that can be used to:
- Improve the sharing of health information among health care stakeholders
- Improve care delivery
- Demonstrate how health IT can positively impact patient experience.
The Standards Exploration Award (SEA) Cooperative Agreement Program
ONC is excited to announce a new cooperative agreement program called the Standards Exploration Awards (SEA). This new approach implements HIT Standards Committee recommendations, continues ONC’s investment toward implementing the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, and fits within the ONC Tech Lab’s focus on pilots for standards and technology. Awardees under this program will need to be ready to hit the ground running and produce results within one year. Through this funding, awardees will be able to test solutions, evaluate scalability, and identify the potential impacts of their selected standards and technology solutions.
Standards Development Organization Collaboration to Enhance Standards Alignment, Testing, and Measurement
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. 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.
Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program
On April 14, 2015, ONC released the Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program (Community Interoperability and HIE Program) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The Community Interop & HIE Program will provide funds to entities (United States-based non-profit institution or organization, state or local government, agency or group in a designated community) to work collaboratively with non-eligible care providers to identify opportunities to support and extend the use of secure, interoperable health information technology (health IT) tools and health information exchange (HIE) services.
Advance Interoperable Health Information Technology Services to Support Health Information Exchange
On February 3, ONC released the Advance Interoperable Health Information Technology Services to Support Health Information Exchange Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This funding opportunity announcement will leverage the investments and lessons learned from the original State HIE Program and accelerate the widespread adoption and use of health information exchange infrastructure. Furthermore, this funding opportunity supports the HHS-wide effort to achieve the safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information to improve health and transform care as outlined in the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Version 1.0.
The total funding available under this FOA is $28M.
Workforce Training to Educate Health Care Professionals in Health Information Technology
On February 3, ONC released the Workforce Training to Educate Health Care Professionals in Health Information Technology Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The Workforce Training Program will update training materials from the original Workforce Curriculum Development Program and train health care workers to use new health information technologies in a changing healthcare environment that is moving towards better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.
The total funding available under this FOA is $6.4M.
Closing the Gap between Standards Development and Implementation
On April 24, 2015 ONC released the Closing the Gap between Standards Development and Implementation Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This FOA aims to provide specific dedicated support to Health Level Seven International (HL7) for work on HL7-led standards development as well as corresponding implementation guidance and testing concepts of mutual interest to ONC and HL7. Initial tasks include collaboration with HL7 to advance the implementation consistency and readiness of the current versions of the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) (Releases 1.1 and 2.0) and supporting the implementation and governance of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) standard and its accompanying resources and profiles.
Community Health Peer Learning Program
On February 3, ONC released the Community Health Peer Learning Program (CHP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This two-year funding will establish a cooperative agreement to address health challenges at the population level through a community-based collaborative approach. The CHP Program helps address the national priority of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. Achieving this goal requires a strong, flexible health IT ecosystem that can support transparency and decision-making through enhancing the use of data, reducing redundancy, and informing payment reform, all of which will help transform care delivery. The goal of the CHP Program is to identify data solutions, accelerate local progress, and disseminate local learning to other communities through the development of shared learning resources around population health challenges.
The total funding available under this FOA is $1.7M.