Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To prepare a workforce of healthcare professionals with the core competencies to address the medical consequences of bioterrorism and other public health emergency preparedness and response issues. In this context, "other public health emergencies" includes other forms of terrorism (such as use of chemical, explosive, incendiary, or nuclear agents against the civilian population) as well as natural disasters and catastrophic accidents. Specifically, the goal of this program is the development of a health care workforce with the knowledge, skiUs, abilities and core competencies to: (1) recognize indications of a terrorist event; (2) meet the acute care needs of patients, including pediatric and other vulnerable populations, in a safe and appropriate manner; (3) participate in a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to terrorist events and other public health emergencies and consider surge capacity issues in the response; and (4) rapidly and effectively alert the public health system of such an event at the community, State, and national level. - Effective responses to public health emergencies require close collaboration among all types of health professionals involved in patient care including allied health professionals, medical and dental specialists, mental health and other professionals, the public health system, and the emergency response system. To achieve such a collaborative environment, it is necessary to implement new models of undergraduate/graduate curricula and continuing education and training for health professionals that broaden public health knowledge and ensure that essential multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative responses to emergencies will occur. The Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program (BTCDP) consists of two discrete foci of activity: 1) Provision of Continuing Education for Practicing Providers (CE), and 2) Curriculum Development in Health Professions Schools (CD), Each of the categories above must have a distinct and separate application.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Applicants shall demonstrate linkages and relationships with entities such as the CDC Public Health Preparedness and Response for Bioterrorism Program awardees, the HRSA Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program awardees and others that provide emergency preparedness and response training. Proposals shall indicate that the training supported with these funds will not only focus on the discipline specific knowledge, skills and abilities needed to recognize, treat and efficiently report instances of a terrorist event, but will also prepare the learners to participate in a multidisciplinary terrorist response reflecting a two-tiered approach. Each course of study shall include both discipline-appropriate clinically oriented material and the team collaboration/coordination to respond to terrorist events. These activities will outline the integrated professional roles and responsibilities inherent in a community response and may include participation in drills, exercises and/or simulations occurring in the state or regions. Proposals addressing the continuing education component of this program shall establish and maintain a programmatic advisory board with members including representatives of the CDC Public Health Preparedness and Response for Bioterrorism Program, the HRSA Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program, an academic health center, other health professions schools and both service providers and consumers from the area served by the program. The advisory board shall meet no less than twice a year. Proposals addressing the curriculum development component of this program shall show that funds awarded will be utilized in conjunction with no less than three health care disciplines. Whereas one school, the applicant, will be held responsible for implementing the curriculum, training must be used by no less than three disciplines.

Who is eligible to apply...

Eligible Applicants For Continuing Education: The entities eligible to apply for this program are academic health centers; other public or private nonprofit accredited or licensed health professions schools; other educational entities such as professional organizations and societies; private accrediting organizations; other nonprofit institutions or entities including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations; and multi-state or multi-institutional consortia of various combinations of these eligible entitioc. Eligible Applicants For Curricular Enhancement or Curriculum Development: The entities eligible to apply for this program are public or private nonprofit accredited or licensed health professions schools; other educational entities such as professional organizations and societies; and other nonprofit institutions or entities including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations. To apply for funding for Curriculum Development, an entity that is not a health professions school must provide a written agreement with a health professions school demonstrating that the health professions school will participate in carrying out the project and will implement the newly developed or the modified/enhanced curriculum. This agreement must describe the roles of the entity and collaborating health professions school.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Consultation is available from Program Staff. Submit applications in accordance with instructions specified. The URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) Grants page is This year BHPr is using both Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat to publish the grants documents on the Web page. In order to download, view and print these documents you will need a copy of Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat reader can be obtained without charge from Internet by going to the Adobe Acrobat Web Page ( and downloading the version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is appropriate for your operating system, i.e., Windows, Unix, Macintosh, etc. Award Procedure: Notification will be made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award issued form Headquarters Office.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Application deadlines can be obtained via the Internet at

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 4 months after submission deadline.

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.



Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).



Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

The entities eligible to apply for the Continuing Education focus are academic health centers; other public or private nonprofit accredited or licensed health professions schools; other educational entities such as professional organizations and societies; private accrediting organizations; other nonprofit institutions or entities including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations; and multi-state or multi-institutional consortia of various combinations of these eligible entities. The entities eligible to apply for the Curriculum Enhancement or Curriculum Development focus are public or private nonprofit accredited or licensed health professions schools; other educational entities such as professional organizations and societies; and other nonprofit institutions or entities including faith-based organizations and community-based organizations.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of Awards For FY 03: Continuing Education: $878,000 to $1.8M. Curriculum Development; $154,000 to $459,000. Average Award Amounts for FY 04: Continuing Education: $1,170,000. Curriculum Development: $336,580.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Cooperative Agreements) FY 03 $27,753,371; FY 04 $27,705,600; FY 05 est $27,700,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Not available.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, 32 BTCDP cooperative agreements were awarded, 19 for Continuing Education and 13 awards for Curriculum Development. In fiscal year 2004, these 32 cooperative agreements were funded as non-competing continuation projects.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Applications will be reviewed by nonfederal consultants who make recommendations to the Secretary of the Department. The Secretary will approve projects that promote the purposes of the Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program. Review criteria: the following review criteria apply to the Bioterrorism Training and Curriculum Development Program. The review of applications will take into consideration the following criteria: (1) Need; (2) Response; (3) Evaluative Measures; (4) Impact; (5) Resources/Capabilities; (6) Support Requested; and (7) Specific Program Criteria related to the focus selected for the application. A clear relationship between the program purpose and project objectives must be demonstrated throughout the application.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project periods are limited up to two years.

Formula and Matching Requirements


A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Grantees must submit an annual Uniform Progress Report to describe progress in meeting the objectives stated in the application. . A financial status report is required within 90 days of the end of each grant year. The report is an accounting of expenditures under the project that year. Final progress and financial reports must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the project period. Awardeesshall report a list and brief description of all training courses conducted by this program to include course title and description, objectives, target audience by discipline, contact hours, evaluation results, lessons learned and delivery mechanism every 6 months.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with provisions of OMB Circular No. 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 form 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.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Financial records must be kept available for 3 years after submission of final financial status report and 3 years after final disposition of nonexpendable property. If questions remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, records must be retained until the matter is resolved.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Public Law 107-188, Section 105, Education of Health Care Personnel; Training Regarding Pediatric Issues, Section 319F(g) of the Public Health Service Act as re-designated by Section 104(a)(2) of this Act.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Pertinent information may be obtained by contacting the HRSA Division of Grants Management Operations, Room 11-03, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD. Telephone number (301) 443-0354.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Lynn Rothborg Wogman, Director, Division of State, Community ond Public Health (DSCPH), Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, Room 9-105, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20867. Telephone: (301) 443-1648. Louis D. Coccodrilli, M.P.H., Chief, AHEC Branch, DSCPH. Telephone:(301) 443-6950. Grants Management Contact: Director, Division of Grants Management Operations, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11-03, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: