Public Awareness Campaigns on Embryo Adoption

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.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit organizations.

Eligibility to compete for this announcement is limited to particular applicant organizations.

Only agencies and organizations, not individuals, are eligible to apply.

One agency must be identified as the applicant organization and will have legal responsibility for the project.

Additional agencies and organizations can be included as co-participants, subgrantees, subcontractors, or collaborators if they will assist in providing expertise and in helping to meet the needs of the recipients.

Faith-based and community-based organizations meeting the eligibility requirements may apply, or they may be included as co-participants, subgrantees, subcontractors, or collaborators if they will assist in providing expertise and in helping to meet the needs of recipients.

Eligibility is limited to organizations that can demonstration previous experience with embryo adoption and are knowledgeable in all elements of the process of embryo adoption.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Potential donors and/or recipients of frozen embryos.


Proof of nonprofit status is required of nonprofit organizations and institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Letter of Intent requested for submission 30 days after publication of RFA in the Federal Register.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applications must be prepared on the forms supplied (OPHS-1, Revised 6/2001) and in the manner prescribed in the application kits provided by the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS). The application must be signed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency and to assume responsibility for the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant award. Each application will be evaluated individually against the following four criteria by an objective review panel appointed by the OPHS. Before the review panel convenes, each application will be screened for applicant organization eligibility, as well as to make sure the application contains all the essential elements. Applications received from ineligible organizations and applications received after the deadline will be withdrawn from further consideration. A panel of at least three reviewers will use the evaluation criteria listed below to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each application, provide comments and assign numerical scores. Applicants should address each criterion in the project application. The point values (summing up to 100) indicate the maximum numerical weight each criterion will be accorded in the review process.

Award Procedures

The results of a competitive review are a primary factor in making funding decisions. In addition, Federal staff will conduct administrative reviews of the applications and, in light of the results of the competitive review, will recommend applications for funding to the Assistance Secretary for Health (ASH). The ASH reserves the option of discussing applications with other funding sources when this is in the best interest of the Federal government. The ASH may also solicit and consider comments from Public Health Service Regional Office staff and others within Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in making funding decisions. The ASH makes final decisions regarding the applications to be funded. The OPHS does not release information about individual applications during the review process. When final decisions have been made, successful applicants will be notified by letter of the outcome of the final funding decisions. The official document notifying an applicant that a project has been approved for funding is the Notice of Grant Award (NGA), which sets forth the amount of funds granted, the terms and conditions of the award, the effective date of the grant, the budget period for which initial support will be given, and the total project period for which support is contemplated. The ASH will notify an organization in writing when its application will not be funded. Every effort will be made to notify all unsuccessful applicants as soon as possible after final decisions are made.


Applications are due 60 days after publication of an RFA in the Federal Register.


Public Law 107-116.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 1-2 months.




Projects are approved for one year period.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants do not exceed one year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must submit annual and final report.

Expenditure reports are due 90 days after the end of the budget/project period.


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.


Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Controller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, and transcripts. In accordance with 45 CFR, Part 74.53, and 45 CFR, Part 92, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records 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



(Grants) FY 07 $1,500,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200,000 to $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

42 CFR 52, 45 CFR 74; 45 CFR 92; PHS Grants Policy Statement (Rev.) April 1, 1994.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Ms. Evelyn Kappeler, Office of Population Affairs, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700, Rockville MD, 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2828. Grants Management Contact: Office of Grants Management, Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville MD, 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2888.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

1: Objectives and Need for Assistance (30 Points) Applicants must demonstrate a clear understanding of the legislative goals and demonstrate how their approach to the design of a public awareness campaign will contribute to achieve the legislative goals. Criterion 2: Approach (30 Points) In this section, applicants are expected to define goals and specific, measurable objectives for the: (A) Design of the public awareness campaign, (B) implementation, (C) evaluation, and (D) dissemination. 3: Organizational Profile (20 Points) Applicants need to demonstrate that they have the capacity to implement the proposed program. This criterion consists of three broad topics: (A) Management plan, (B) staff qualifications, and (C) organizational capacity and resources. 4: Budget and Budget Justification (20 Points) Applicants are expected to present a budget with reasonable project costs, appropriately allocated across component areas and sufficient to accomplish the objectives. Applicants are expected to allocate sufficient funds in the budget to provide for the project director to attend a two-day orientation meeting the in the Washington, DC area.

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