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Public Health Conference Support Cooperative Agreement Program; Notice of Availability of Funds

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A. Authority and Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number

The CDC program is authorized under section 317 (k) (2) of the Public Health Service Act, [42 U.S.C. 241] as amended. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number is 93.283.

The ATSDR program is authorized under sections 104 (i)(14) and (15) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA), [42 U.S.C. 9604(i)(14) and (15)]. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number is 93.161 for ATSDR.

B. Purpose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) announce the availability of fiscal year (FY) 2003 funds for a cooperative agreement program for Public Health Conference Support. This program addresses the “Healthy People 2010” focus areas of Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Chronic Back Conditions, Cancer, Diabetes, Disability and Secondary Conditions, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Environmental Health, Heart Disease and Stroke, Immunization and Infectious Diseases, Injury and Violence Prevention, Maternal, Infant and Child Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Oral Health, Physical Activity and Fitness, Public Health Infrastructure, Respiratory Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and Tobacco Use. HIV Conferences are not permitted under this announcement For a copy of “Healthy People 2010,” visit the Internet site​healthypeople.

The purpose of conference support funding is to provide partial support for specific non-Federal conferences (not a series) in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention information and education programs, and applied research.

Conference support by CDC/ATSDR creates the appearance of CDC/ATSDR co-sponsorship and Congress has required that there will be active participation by CDC/ATSDR in the development and approval of the conference agenda to make sure there are no subjects that would embarrass the Government or be an improper use of funds. CDC/ATSDR funds will be expended only for approved portions of the conference.

The mission of CDC is to promote health and improve the quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.

CDC supports faith-based organizations, local, Tribal, State, academic, national, and international health efforts to prevent unnecessary disease, disability, and premature death, Start Printed Page 1464and to improve the quality of life. This support often takes the form of education, and the transfer of high quality research findings and public health strategies and practices through symposia, seminars, and workshops. Through the support of conferences and meetings (not a series) in the areas of public health research, education, prevention research in program and policy development in managed care and prevention application, CDC is meeting its overall goal of dissemination and implementation of new cost-effective intervention strategies.

ATSDR focus areas are: (1) Health effects of hazardous substances in the environment; (2) disease and toxic substance exposure registries; (3) hazardous substance removal and remediation; (4) emergency response to toxic and environmental disasters; (5) risk communication; (6) environmental disease surveillance; and (7) investigation and research on hazardous substances in the environment. The mission of ATSDR is to prevent both exposure and adverse human health effects that diminish the quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment.

ATSDR's systematic approaches are needed for linking applicable resources in public health with individuals and organizations involved in the practice of applying such research. Mechanisms are also needed to shorten the time frame between the development of disease prevention and health promotion techniques and their practical application. ATSDR believes that conferences and similar meetings (not a series) that permit individuals to engage in hazardous substances and environmental health research, education, and application (related to actual and/or potential human exposure to toxic substances) to interact, are critical for the development and implementation of effective programs to prevent adverse health effects from hazardous substances.

C. Eligible Applicants

Applications for CDC support may be submitted by public, private non-profit, and faith-based organizations. Public and private non-profit entities include State and local governments or their bona fide agents, faith-based organizations, voluntary associations, foundations, civic groups, scientific or professional associations, universities, and Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, Indian tribes, or Indian tribal organizations. Only conferences planned for July 1, 2003 through September 30, 2004 are eligible to apply under this announcement.


Title 2 of the United States Code, Chapter 26, Section 1611 states that an organization described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal Funds constituting an award, grant, cooperative agreement, contract, loan, or any other form.

Applications for ATSDR support may be submitted by the official public health agencies of the States, or their bona fide agents. This includes the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, The Republic of the Marshall Island, the Republic of Palau, and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments. State organizations, including State universities, State colleges, and State research institutions must establish that they meet their respective State's legislature definition of a State entity or political subdivision to be considered an eligible applicant. Also eligible are nationally recognized associations of health professionals and other chartered organizations generally recognized as demonstrating a need for information to protect the public from the health effects of exposure to hazardous substances. Faith-based organizations are also encouraged to apply.

D. Funding

Availability of Funds

Approximately $1,100,000 may be available from CDC in FY 2003 to fund approximately 60 to 80 awards. It is expected that the average award will be $20,000. For FY 2003, awards will be made for one cycle with a 12-month budget period within a 12-month project period. Funding estimates may change.

Approximately $50,000 is available from ATSDR in FY 2003 to fund approximately six awards. It is expected that the average award will be $8,000, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. It is expected that the awards will begin on or about sixty days before the date of the conference and will be made for a 12-month budget period within a 12-month project period. Funding estimates may change.

Use of Funds

1. Funds may be used for direct cost expenditures: Salaries; speaker fees (for services rendered); rental of necessary conference—related equipment; registration fees; and transportation costs (not to exceed economy class fare) for non-Federal individuals.

2. Funds may be used for only those parts of the conference specifically supported by CDC or ATSDR as documented in the grant award.

3. Funds may not be used for the purchase of equipment; payments of honoraria (for conferring distinction); alterations or renovations; organizational dues; support entertainment or personal expenses; food or snack breaks; cost of travel and payment of a Federal employee; per diem or expenses for local participants (other than local mileage). Travel for Federal employees will be supported by CDC/ATSDR. Travel for other Federal employees will be supported by the employees' Federal agency.

4. Funds may not be used for reimbursement of indirect costs.

5. CDC and ATSDR will not fund 100 percent of any conference proposed under this announcement. Part of the cost of the proposed conference must be supported with other than Federal funds.

6. CDC and ATSDR will not fund a conference after it has taken place.

7. Federal funds may not be used to fund novelty items or souvenirs.

E. Program Requirements

CDC and Recipient Activities

Grantees must meet the following requirements:

1. The conference organizer(s) may use CDC's/ATSDR's name only in factual publicity for the conference. CDC/ATSDR involvement in the conference does not necessarily indicate support for the organizer's general policies, activities, products, or the content of speakers' presentations.

2. Any conference co-sponsored under this announcement shall be held in facilities that are fully accessible to the public as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Accessibility under ADAAG addresses accommodations for persons with sensory impairments as well as persons with physical disabilities or mobility limitations.

3. Manage all activities related to program content (e.g., objectives, topics, attendees, session design, workshops, special exhibits, speaker's fees, agenda composition, and printing). Many of these items may be developed in concert with assigned CDC or ATSDR project personnel.

4. Provide draft copies of the agenda and proposed ancillary activities to CDC or ATSDR for approval. All but 10 percent of the total funds awarded for the proposed conference will be initially restricted pending approval of a full, Start Printed Page 1465final agenda by CDC or ATSDR. The remaining 90 percent of funds will be released by letter to the grantee upon the approval of the final agenda. CDC and ATSDR reserve the right to terminate co-sponsorship at any time.

5. Determine and manage all promotional activities (e.g., title, logo, announcements, mailers, press, etc.). CDC or ATSDR must review and approve any materials with reference to CDC or ATSDR involvement or support.

6. Manage all registration processes with participants, invitees, and registrants (e.g., travel, reservations, correspondence, conference materials and handouts, badges, registration procedures, etc.).

7. Plan, negotiate, and manage conference site arrangements, including all audio-visual needs.

8. Analyze data from conference activities that pertain to the impact of prevention.

9. Adequately assess the increase of knowledge, and change in attitudes, and behaviors of the target audience.

F. Content

Letter of Intent (LOI)

A letter of intent (LOI) is required for this Program Announcement.

Letter of Intent (LOI) instructions: Interested applicants are required to submit an original and two copies of a two to three-page in-depth, typewritten Letter of Intent (LOI). Use English only and avoid jargon and unusual abbreviations. Upon review of the LOIs, CDC or ATSDR will extend written invitations to perspective applicants to submit applications. CDC or ATSDR will accept applications by invitation only. Availability of funds may limit the number of applicants that receive funding. The LOI should specifically describe and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

1. Summary of conference format—projected agenda (including list of principal areas or topics to be addressed), including speakers or facilitator. Information should also be provided about all other national, regional, and local conferences held on the same or similar subject during the last three years. Include the following requirements on the first page:

a. The name of the organization

b. Primary contact person's name

c. Mailing address

d. Telephone number and

e. If available, fax number and e-mail address (30 points)

2. Justification for the conference, including the problems it intends to clarify and the developments it may stimulate, and a full description of your organization's purpose, experience and mission. (25 Points)

3. Expected registration “ the intended audience, approximate number, and profession of persons expected to attend. (15 points)

4. Date(s) of conference—inclusive dates (not a series) of conference (LOIs without date of conference will be considered non-responsive to this program announcement and returned to the applicant without review). (15 points)

5. Location of city, state, and physical facilities required for the conduct of the meeting. (10 points)

6. Title of the proposed conference—include the term “conference,” “symposium,” “workshop,” or similar designation. (5 points)

The LOI must include the estimated total cost of the conference and the percentage of the total cost (which must be less than 100 percent) being requested from CDC or ATSDR. Requests for 100 percent funding will be considered non-responsive to this program announcement and will be returned to the applicant without review. No appendices, booklets, or other documents accompanying the LOI will be considered.

An invitation to submit an application will be made on the basis of the proposed conference's relationship, as outlined in the LOI, to the CDC or ATSDR funding priorities and the availability of funds. LOIs should be sent using overnight mail service, or U.S. postal service.

The three-page limitation, (inclusive of letterhead and Signatures) must be observed or the LOI will be returned without review.


Applicants may apply to CDC or ATSDR for conference support only after their LOI has been reviewed by CDC, ATSDR, and a written invitation, including an application form, has been received by the prospective applicant.

An invitation to submit an application does not constitute a commitment on the part of CDC or ATSDR to fund the application.

In addition to the following required information, use the information in the Program Requirements and Evaluation Criteria sections to develop the application content:

1. A project summary cover sheet that includes:

a. Name of organization

b. Name of conference

c. Location of conference

d. Date(s) of conference

e. Intended audience and number

f. Dollar amount requested

g. Total conference budget amount

2. A brief background of the organization—include the organizational history, purpose, and previous experience related to the proposed conference topic.

3. A clear statement of the need for and purpose of the conference. This statement should also describe any problems the conference will address or seek to solve, and the action items or resolutions it may stimulate.

4. An elaboration on the conference objectives and target audience. A list should be included of the principal areas or topics to be addressed. A proposed or final agenda must be included.

5. A clear description of the evaluation plan and how it will assess the accomplishments of the conference objectives. A sample of the evaluation instrument that will be used must be included and a step-by-step schedule and detailed operation plan of major conference planning activities necessary to attain specified objectives.

6. Biographical sketches are required for the individuals responsible for planning and implementing the conference. Experience and training related to conference planning and implementation as it relates to the proposed topic should be noted.

7. Letters of endorsement or support—Letters of endorsement or support for the sponsoring organization and its capability to perform the proposed conference activity.

8. Budget plan and justification—A clearly justified budget narrative that is consistent with the purpose, objectives, and operation plan of the conference. The narrative will consist of a budget that includes the share requested from this grant as well as those funds from other sources, including organizations, institutions, conference income, and/or registration fees.

General Instructions

The narrative should be longer than 12 double-spaced pages, printed on one side, with one-inch margins, and 12-point font. Use English only and avoid jargon and unusual abbreviations. Pages must be clearly numbered, and a complete index to the application and its appendices must be included. The original and two required copies of the application must be submitted unstapled and unbound. Materials that are part of the basic plan should not be in the appendices.

Send LOIs and Applications to: Technical Information Management Section, PA03012, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Start Printed Page 1466Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4146.

G. Submission and Deadline

For conferences July 1, 2003-Sept. 30, 2004

Letter of Intent (LOI) due date: March 1, 2003.

Application due date: May 1, 2003.

Expected Award date: July 1, 2003.

Submit an original and two signed copies of the LOI to the: Technical Information Section PA03012, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, GA 30341-4146.

Application Forms

Applicants invited to apply should also submit the original and two copies of PHS form 5161-1, (OMB Number 0937-0189). Forms are in the application kit. Forms are also available at:​forms/​PHS/​PHS-5161-1.pdf.


Filing deadlines have now been imposed for all conference support grants, and dates should be strictly followed by applicants to ensure that their LOI's are received in a timely manner.

There will be one conference support review this year and awards will be made in the month of July, 2003.

If your conference dates fall between Oct 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003, you should have applied under the previous Program Announcement 02004, otherwise your LOI will be considered unresponsive to Program Announcement 03012.

If your conference dates fall between July 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004, you should apply under this program announcement.

Letters of intent and applications shall be considered as meeting the deadline if they are received before 4 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date. Any applicant who sends their application by the United States Postal Service or commercial delivery services must ensure that the carrier will be able to guarantee delivery of the application by the closing date and time. If an application is received after closing due to (1) carrier error, when the carrier accepted the package with a guarantee for delivery by the closing date and time, or (2) significant weather delays or natural disasters, CDC will upon receipt of proper documentation, consider the application as having been received by the deadline.

Any application that does not meet the above criteria will not be eligible for competition, and will be discarded. The applicant will be notified of their failure to meet the submission requirements.

H. Evaluation Criteria

Letter of Intent

A conference is a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any other organized and formal meeting lasting one day or more (not a series), where persons assemble to exchange information and views, explore, or clarify a defined subject, problem, or area of knowledge, whether or not a published report results from such meeting. The conference should support CDC or ATSDR's public health principles in furtherance of CDC's mission or ATSDR's mission. CDC will review the LOIs and compare conference objectives with our respective missions and funding priorities to determine if a full application will be invited. Less than 33 percent of LOI applicants are invited to submit full applications.


Each application will be evaluated individually against the following criteria by an independent review group appointed by CDC.

Section 1.a., is ATSDR specific.

Section 1.b., is CDC specific.

Section 1.c., and all other sections in these criteria are applicable to both CDC and ATSDR. Each application will be given a pass of fail based on the following criteria:

1. Proposed Program and Technical Approach

a. The public health significance of the proposed conference, including the degree to which the conference can be expected to influence the prevention of exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases and other sources of pollution present in the environment. (Applicable to ATSDR applications only)

b. The applicant's description of the proposed conference as it relates to specific non-Federal conferences in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention information/education programs (except mental health, and substance abuse), including the public health need of the proposed conference and the degree to which the conference can be expected to influence public health practices. Evaluation will also be based on the extent of the applicant's collaboration with other organizations serving the intended audience (Applicable to all CDC applications except ATSDR). The applicant's description of conference objectives in terms of quality, specificity, and the feasibility of the conference based on the operational plan will also be evaluated.

2. Applicant's Capability

The applicant's capability includes the adequacy of the applicant's resources (additional sources of funding, organization's strengths, staff time, proposed physical facilities, etc.) available for conducting conference activities.

3. The Qualifications of Program Personnel

Evaluation will be based on the extent to which the application has described:

a. The qualifications, experience, and commitment of the principal staff person, and their ability to devote adequate time and effort to provide effective leadership.

b. The competence of associate staff persons, discussion leaders, speakers, and presenters to accomplish conference objectives.

c. The degree to which the applicant demonstrates the knowledge of nationwide and educational efforts currently underway which may affect, and be affected by, the proposed conference.

4. Conference Objectives

a. The overall quality, reasonableness, feasibility, and logic of the designed conference objectives, including the overall work plan and timetable for accomplishment.

b. The likelihood of accomplishing conference objectives as they relate to disease prevention and health promotion goals, and the feasibility of the project in terms of the operational plan.

5. Evaluation Methods

Evaluation instrument(s) for the conference should adequately assess increased knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the target audience.

6. Budget Justification and Adequacy of Facilities

The proposed budget will be evaluated on the basis of its reasonableness, concise and clear justification, and consistency with the intended use of grant funds. The application will also be reviewed as to the adequacy of existing or proposed facilities and resources for conducting conference activities. Start Printed Page 1467

I. Other Requirements

Technical Reporting Requirements

Provide the CDC with original plus two copies of:

1. A performance report, or in lieu of a performance report, proceedings of the conference, no later than 90 days after the end of the budget/project period.

2. Financial status report, no later than 90 days after the end of the budget/project period.

Send all reports to the Grants Management Specialist identified in the “Where to Obtain Additional Information” section of this announcement.

Additional Requirements

The following additional requirements are applicable to this program. For a complete description of each, see Attachment I in the application kit.

AR-7 Executive Order 12372 Review

AR-9 Paperwork Reduction Act Requirements

AR-10 Smoke-Free Workplace Requirements

AR-11 Healthy People 2010

AR-12 Lobbying Restrictions

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

AR-15 Proof of Non-Profit Status

AR-20 Conference Support

J. Where To Obtain Additional Information

To receive additional written information, call 1-888-GRANTS4 (1-888-472-6874). You will be asked to leave your name and address and will be instructed to identify the Announcement number of interest. See also the CDC home page on the Internet:​od/​pgo/​funding/​03012.htm.

If you have questions after reviewing the contents of all the documents, business management technical assistance may be obtained from: Rick Jaeger, Grants Management Specialist, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4146, Telephone: (770) 488-2727, Email address:

For program technical assistance, contact: Janet Telman, Funding Resource Specialist, Office of the Director Extramural Services Activity, Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4770 Buford Highway, NE, MS K38, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3714, Telephone: (770) 488-2834, Email address:

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Dated: January 6, 2003.

Sandra R. Manning, CGFM,

Director, Program and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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