Centers for Genomics and Public Health

To provide technical assistance to community, State and regional organizations by responding to identified needs and requests for information assistance and training in genomics and population health for the health workforce, with a particular focus on enhancing knowledge and awareness of genomics applications
among public health workers, and support the integration of genomics into population health research, policy and practice; provide competency based training, identify opportunities to serve as a credible and impartial provider of current information about genomics, participate in collaborative processes with other Centers, CDC and external partners and evaluate the achievements and impact of the Centers' activities.
Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Three schools of Public Health to establish the first Centers for Genomics and Public Health.

The goal for the initial 3-year project period was to establish regional hubs of expertise in genomics and population health by coordination existing institutional programs and reaching out to engage public health programs, health care providers and community groups, and to create the foundation for a national network of resource centers that could develop the capacity needed to respond to future needs.

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 - Technical Information Management Section, CDC Procurement and Grants Office, 2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Telephone: (770) 488-2700.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the Federal Agency responsible for disease and injury prevention. The agency also focuses on prevention of disability and secondary conditions. As the Nation's prevention agency CDC's vision for the 21st century is "Healthy People in a Healthy World" reflecting the agency's concern that people's health is important both nationally an internationally and that the environment is critical to health in the future. The National Office of Public Health Genomics in collaboration with the Association of Schools of Public Health funded cooperative agreements with three schools of Public Health to establish the first Centers for Genomics and Public Health.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Cooperative Agreement funds may not be used to support the provision of direct patient care, for facility or capital outlay, or to conduct research involving human subjects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities, colleges, and research institutions.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Targeted State and community program capacity in genomics and population health will benefit.


1)access to, and well-defined availability of, staff or collaborators with multidisciplinary expertise (epidemiology, public health practice, genomics, clinical genetics and medicine, policy, health communications and education); 2)demonstrated ability to develop educational and practice collaborations among public, private, and academic partners, with emphasis on public health and health science institutions, State health departments and other agencies, health care organizations and community groups; 3)experience relevant to the specific objectives and activities of the program, particularly direct involvement with public health practice, improving population health, and integrating genomics into practice; and 4) expertise in needs assessment and planning and delivering technical assistance and training to public health workers or other health professionals.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

When indicated in individual program announcements, applications are subject to review in accordance with the National Health Planning and Resources Development Act, Public Law 93-641, as amended.

For the technical assistance component of this program, when indicated in individual program announcements, applications are eligible for coverage under E.O.


This program is eligible for coverage under the Public Health System Reporting Requirements.

Under these requirements, all community-based nongovernmental applicants must report to the appropriate State and/or local health agency as determined by the applicant.

Application Procedures

Technical Information Management, CDC Procurement and Grants Office, 2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Award Procedures

Successful applicants will receive a Notice of Grant Award (NGA) from the CDC Procurement and Grants Office. The NGA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC. The NGA will be signed by an authorized Grants Management Officer, and mailed to the recipient fiscal officer identified in the application.


4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date.


Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act, Public Law 78-410, 42 U.S.C. 241, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 120 days from receipt of application.




Throughout the project period, CDC's commitment to continuation of awards will be conditioned on the availability of funds, evidence of satisfactory progress by the recipient as documented in required reports, and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching funds are not required for this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available for a 12-month budget period within project periods ranging from one to four years. After awards are issued, funds are released in accordance with the payment procedure established by the grantee institution with DHHS, which may be an Electronic Transfer System or a Monthly Cost Request System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Current budget period activities objectives, current budget period financial progress, new budget period program proposed activity objectives, budget, additional requested information, measure of effectiveness, financial status report by 90 days after the end of the budget and semi-annual progress report by March 15 of each funding year.

Final financial and performance reports by 90 days after the end of the 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. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.


Financial records, support documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for a minimum of three years after the end of a budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until completion or resolution of any audit in process or pending resolution.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $900,000; FY 08 $700,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$900,000(Amount for the first 12-month period, including both direct and indirect costs.) Floor of Award Range: $350,000, Ceiling of Award Range: $900,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR Part 74 and Part 92. For information on the Code of Federal Regulations, see the National Archives and Records Administration at the following Internet address:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Technical Information Management Section, CDC Procurement and Grants Office, 2920 Brandywine Road, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2700.

Headquarters Office

Shirlene Elkins, National Office of Public Health Genomics, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2877 Brandywine Road, Mail Stop K-89, Atlanta, GA 30341; Telephone: (770) 488-8434. Grants Management Contact: Hector Buitrago, Grants Management Specialist, Procurement and Grants Office, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services, 2920 Brandywine Road, Mail Stop K-14, Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2921.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals


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