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Funding Opportunity: Ryan White and ACA National Cooperative Agreements

Funding Opportunity: Ryan White and ACA National Cooperative Agreements

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau

Description

HRSA LogoHRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (HRSA-14-102) for a three-year cooperative agreement to fund two organizations to undertake a series of activities to provide support to grantees, subgrantees, and consumers served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) on implementation activities surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are two primary program focus areas:

  • ACA – Contracting with Medicaid and Marketplace Insurance Plans. The primary aim of this focus area is to train RWHAP core medical providers to both initiate contracts with qualified health plans and facilitate client enrollment into those health plans.
  • ASO – Establishing service models among AIDS Service Organizations to engage vulnerable populations in the HIV Care Continuum Services. The primary aim of this focus area is to train non-medical AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) to develop service models that supports the provision of critical services for specific vulnerable populations to improve health outcomes through the different stages of the HIV Care Continuum.

Applications are due March 6th. Access HRSA-14-102 on Grants.Gov.

Note: Check the below Qs/As frequently, which are being updated on an ongoing basis.

FOA #14-102 Questions and Answers (as of 3/5/14)

  1. Will you need peer reviewers for this program? ANSWER: Yes, HRSA’s Division of Independent Review plans, directs, and carries out HRSA's independent review process of applications for discretionary grants and cooperative agreements. Interested reviewers can register in HRSA’s grant reviewer portal.
  2. I have an eligibility question as regards the solicitation. My question is can an organization submit more than two applications (one for each Program focus area)? Or is an organization limited to only two applications total and limited to one for each program focus area. ANSWER: Eligible applicants include public, nonprofit, and private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, schools, and academic health science centers involved in addressing HIV/AIDS related issues on a national scope are eligible to apply. NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are allowable. Applicants interested in applying for more than one of the listed program focus areas are to submit separate applications for each area. A maximum of two applications will be accepted, one for each program focus area. 
  3. This program will “provide support to grantees, subgrantees, and consumers served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) on implementation activities surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).” From the RWHAP Progress Report 2012, I understand that all 50 States receive funding under Part B of the program. I would like to understand how awardees of HRSA-14-102 would partner with Ryan White Program grantees, at a local and national level, to implement their technical assistance and training activities. Is it up to the applicant to establish a relationship with the RWHAP grantees, or will the HRSA assign specific agencies to the applicant? Is an established relationship between the applicant institution and the RWHAP grantees required for eligibility? ANSWER: No, an established relationship between the applicant organization and RWHAP grantees is not required for eligibility. However, applicants should describe how they will partner with RWHAP grantees to deliver the technical assistance described in the funding opportunity announcement. HAB can provide contact information for grantees, however the applicant organization is responsible for developing a method of TA delivery on a national scale.
  4. Will you have a review for HRSA-14-102? If yes, please advise when this might occur. Thank-you. ANSWER: There will not be a review call for HRSA-14-102. Any questions on the funding opportunity announcement can be forwarded in writing to Jesse Ungard, and HAB will draft and post responses on the TARGET Center website.
  5. On page 17; 4. Intergovernmental Review; It is not clear if a State Review is needed. I cannot find the provisions of Executive Order 12372 as implemented by 45 CFR 100. If a review is needed, please advise where it should be sent. Website, Address, Name of Contact, etc. ANSWER: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program National Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreements - Establishing AIDS Service Organizations Service Models and Engaging in Marketplace Insurance Plans under the Affordable Care Act is a program subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, as implemented by 45 CFR 100. See Executive Order 12372 in the HHS Grants Policy Statement. Further State contact information can be found online.
  6. I am seeking clarification on the purpose of the AIDS Service Organization focus area of the funding opportunity announcement. Is the target group for technical assistance Ryan White grantees? Answer: The primary aim of this focus area is to train non-medical AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) to develop a business plan and service model that supports the provision of critical services for specific vulnerable populations to improve health outcomes through the different stages of the HIV Care Continuum. The target group for technical assistance activities is Ryan White grantees and sub-grantees.
  7. Is the expectation that the work plan cover all three years of the project or year one only? ANSWER: Your work plan should cover the three year project. The work plan will be negotiated in more detail each year with the selected applicant. 
  8. I need to attach the program abstract to this grant application however I am unsure where to place the abstract. As the first page of the program narrative or as attachment 7 "other relevant document?” ANSWER: Please include the abstract as the first page of your narrative. Applicants may need assistance when working online to submit their application forms electronically. Applicants should always obtain a case number when calling for support. For assistance with submitting the application in Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov 24 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding Federal holidays at: Grants.gov Contact Center Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 or E-mail.


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