ARRA - Community Health Applied Research Network

To provide infrastructure support for consortia of safety net* providers and academic institutions to develop the capacity to undertake community-based comparative effectiveness research (CER).

It is anticipated that by the end of the grant period, the funded consortia would be able to conduct
high quality observational and interventional studies on priority comparative effectiveness topics.

*The term "Safety-Net Provider" means a provider that by mandate or mission organizes and delivers a significant level of healthcare and other health-related services to the uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable populations.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Susan G.

Queen
Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-33
Rockville, Maryland 20857
squeen@hrsa.gov (301) 443-1129.
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to support CER Data Infrastructure activities or investments that develop, build, or maintain data, information systems, or tools to support CER research and analysis.

These investments could also include data linkages to administrative databases and registries, operational and administrative support, including scientific and technical personnel.

None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in ARRA may be used by any State or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.

(ARRA Sec.

1604)

Grantees are not permitted to issue subgrants.

ARRA-funded awards are also subject to the HHS Standard Terms and Conditions as described in Appendix D on the web at:
http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/grantscontracts/recoverytermsconditions.html.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

CHARN: Health Center Consortia, such as a health center as defined and funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C.

254b), applying on behalf of a managed care Network or plan, that has received Federal grants under subsection 330(e)(1)(A) for at least the two consecutive preceding years; or a health center as defined and funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended (42 U.S.C.§ 254b), applying on behalf of a Practice Management Network.

Applicants must have a formal relationship with an academic research institution, through mechanisms such as MOU, MOA, etc.



CHARN CDMCC: Academic research institutions, such as public or nonprofit universities, laboratories, hospitals, and other public or private institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiaries of this support are going to be the funded entities themselves, such as the health center consortia or health center controlled networks; the collaborating institutions that are the Affiliates of the funded entities, such as academic institutions and other research organizations; and, ultimately, the patient populations that are served by the funded entities.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Jun 09, 2010

Authorization

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 , Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Applicants can locate funding opportunities along with deadline information at
http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/default.htm and www.grants.gov.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The assistance is available for no more than 3 years. ARRA restrictions require that money awarded must be spent by the end of the third year of the project, no later than September 30, 2013. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress Reports are required with information on grantee progress on program-specific goals.

A financial report is required within 90 days of the end of each year.

The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project.

Quarterly reports must be compliant with the provisions set in the Recovery Act.

Recipients of Federal awards from funds authorized under Division A of the ARRA must comply with all requirements specified in Division A of the ARRA (Public Law 111-5), http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bills&docid=f:h1enr.pdf, including reporting requirements outlined in Section 1512 of the Act.
All CHARN grantees are required to submit a final report within 90 days after the project period ends.

All information required by Section 1512 of the Recovery Act must be submitted through FederalReporting.gov.

Submit a quarterly electronic PSC-272 via the Payment Management System.

The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant.

All CHARN grantees are required to submit a final report within 90 days after the project period ends.

All information required by Section 1512 of the Recovery Act must be submitted through FederalReporting.gov.

Grantees are required to submit a quarterly electronic PSC-272 via the Payment Management System.

The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant.

Grantees will be required to participate, where appropriate, in an on-site performance review of their HRSA funded program(s).

Grantees will be required to participate, where appropriate, in an on-site performance review of their HRSA funded program(s) by a review team from HRSA s Office of Regional Operations (ORO).

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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. Successful applicants must comply with audit requirements of OMB Circular A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations." Recipients agree to separately identify the expenditures for each grant award funded under ARRA on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) and the Data Collection Form (SF-SAC).

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0351-0-1-550 - CHARN; 75-0350-0-1-550 - CHARN CDMCC.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $10,000,000; FY 11 est $0 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act) provides funds for the Office of the Secretary for comparative effectiveness research (CER) activities.


The program does not begin until September, 2010.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately $10,000,000 will be awarded to five applicants for a period of three years per applicant, for average total costs of $666,667 per year per applicant.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. Any identifiable patient health information collected by grantees under this award will also be obtained and managed in accordance with 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164. Information on these requirements can be found at http://hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa. Federal regulations at 45 CFR Part 46 require that research involving human subjects must be evaluated in accordance with those regulations. For guidelines on compliance with 45 CFR 46 see http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.htm.

HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Susan G. Queen
Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-33
Rockville, Maryland 20857
squeen@hrsa.gov (301) 443-1129.

Headquarters Office

Robert Mills, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 7-90, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: rmills@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 443-3899.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All applications will be evaluated by an Objective Review Committee . Please refer to the funding opportunity announcements for specific information on review criteria. The application due date was June 9, 2010.



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