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Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities - Prevention and Surveillance - #93.073

Funds may be used to strengthen, to expand, to build upon or to enhance research, surveillance, health promotion, education, prevention/intervention activities that contribute to the mission and activities of the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Funds may be used to improve and strengthen State and local public health infrastructure by providing technical assistance to other appropriate health agencies, organizations, special groups or coalitions. Funds may be used to support capacity building, program planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and surveillance for birth defects, developmental disabilities infant and child health and developmental outcomes, including related health promotion, education and training, prevention/intervention. Funds may also be used to coordinate the dissemination of prevention information to the general public, target populations and among state and local agencies and public and private sector organizations in the United States. Funds may not be used for direct curative or rehabilitative services.

Applicants should document the need for assistance, state the objectives of the project, outline the method of operation, describe the evaluation procedures and provide a budget justification of funds requested. Costs for nonprofit recipients will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations, 45 CFR Part 74, Subpart Q. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

In general, applications are reviewed on the basis of scientific/technical merit, with attention given to such matters as: (1) The degree to which the applicant satisfies the essential requirements and possesses other desired characteristics, such as depth, breadth, and merit of the overall application relative to the types of projects proposed; (2) clarity of purpose and overall qualifications, adequacy and appropriateness of personnel to accomplish proposed prevention research projects and demonstration projects, and the nation's health priorities and needs; (3) ability to generalize, translate and disseminate to State or local health departments, and other appropriate national regional, and local public health agencies and organizations; (4) reasonableness of the proposed budget in relation to the work proposed.

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