Epidemiology and Other Health Studies Financial Assistance Program

To provide financial support for research, education, conferences, communication, and other activities relating to the health of Department of Energy workers, as well as other populations potentially exposed to health hazards associated with energy production, transmission, and use.

Examples of Funded Projects

Several cooperative agreements were awarded for work on DOE's Former Worker Medical Screening Program, as required by the 1993 Defense Authorization Act.

This program consumes the majority of any funding available for grants as described by CFDA 81.108.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Program Accomplishments

Results and accomplishments of basic research and training performed under these programs are reported in open scientific literature. The research and training supported by these awards will help train future scientific talent in epidemiology and other health-related areas.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for such purposes as the salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training, related activities, and advanced technology projects or assessments.

Restrictions on use of funds depend on award provisions.

Support is provided for work in such areas as the health experience of DOE and DOE contractor workers; health experience of populations living near DOE facilities; health experience of workers exposed to toxic substances; use of biomarkers to recognize exposure to toxic substances; conduct of epidemiologic and other health studies relating to energy production, transmission, and use (including electromagnetic fields) in the United States and abroad; compilation, documentation, management, use, and analysis of data for the DOE Comprehensive Epidemiologic Data Resource; and other systems or activities enhancing these areas, as well as other program areas as may be described by notice published in the Federal Register.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Colleges and universities, businesses, and nonprofit institutions may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Colleges and universities, businesses, and nonprofit institutions will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal communication is encouraged before preparing a formal application.

This program is generally not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of E.O.

12372 as implemented by 10 CFR 1005.

However, certain applications for financial assistance awards may require this review.

Such applications, including those from governmental or nongovernmental entities that involve research, development, or demonstration activities are subject to the provisions of the Executive Order and 10 CFR Part 1005 when such activities: (1) Have a unique geographic focus and are directly relevant to the governmental responsibilities of a State or local government within the geographic area; (2) necessitate preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA; or (3) are to be initiated at a particular site or location and require unusual measures to limit the possibility of adverse exposure or hazard to the general public.

Entities planning to submit such applications should coordinate with the information contact listed below for further information.

Application Procedures

A formal application by the principal investigator interested in doing the work is required. If submitted on behalf of an institution, the application should be sent through the appropriate administrative official. In the case of any competitive solicitations issued under this program, the application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the Grants.gov web-site at http://www.grants.gov/.

Award Procedures

Decisions to approve are made by the Headquarters Program Director. DOE procurement offices are then instructed to negotiate and prepare an appropriate award document.




Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 31, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Normally 6 months.




Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Headquarters Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching is not required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The schedule of DOE payments is arranged at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


The schedule of reports is arranged at the time of the negotiation.


Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the award period and before final payment, with the extent and frequency of audit depending on the size of the grant and on the particular award provisions. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Recipient is expected to maintain records required to audit or otherwise substantiate costs incurred under the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $21,000,000; FY 08 $17,500,000; and FY 09 est $17,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $5,000,000; $1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

10 CFR 602. Guidelines and current program announcements are included in application kits. See also doing business website located at www.pr.doe.gov/.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Ron Barnes, Office of Business Operations, DOE, Mail Stop HS-1.21/GTN, Germantown, MD 20874-1290. Telephone: (301) 903-1244.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The scientific and technical merit of the proposed research, appropriateness of the proposed method or approach, competency of research personnel and adequacy of proposed resources, reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed budget, and other appropriate factors set forth in a Notice of Availability or in a specific solicitation.

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