Grants to Increase Organ Donations

To support grants for the purpose of increasing public commitment to organ donation and ultimately the number of organs recovered and transplanted.

To that end, the Division of Transplantation has cooperative agreements and grant programs with the following objectives:

Reimbursement
of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: The purpose of this program is to operate a national system to provide reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses, and other non-medical expenses that may be authorized by the Secretary to individuals making living donations of their organs.



Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: This program provides support for the implementation and rigorous evaluation of highly promising strategies and approaches for: increasing public attitudes, practices and commitment to deceased organ donation as evidenced by donor registry enrollment as well as family consent at a relative?s time of death; the option of living donation and its risks and benefits and methods to promote large scale adaptation of successful interventions.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: The grantee through partnership with other private non-profit entities established the National Living Donor Assistance Center to operate this national program to support living donors.

The current 5-year grant was awarded in FY 2014 and runs through the end of FY 2018. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program Fiscal Year 2016: Funded projects include: 1) Deceased organ donation registration among people over 50 years old: (example: University of Pittsburgh 'Patients Save Lives: Integrating Real-Time Electronic Form Generation into Primary Care Office Procedures to Test and Tailor Donor Designation Messages to People Age 50 and older); 2) Family discussion and knowledge about donation among adolescents, and actual registration among adolescents, where possible (example: University of Illinois, 'A randomized controlled experiment to evaluate a multi-faceted driver education curriculum'); and 3) Knowledge about the opportunities for and risks and benefits of living organ donation (example: 'Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.

'Kidney Paired Donation: A randomized trial to increase knowledge and informed decision-making).

Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.


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 - See Regional Agency Offices.

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Mesmin Germain, MBA, MPH, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W50, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: 301-443-0053. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: Venus Walker, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W49D53C, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone:301-443-7578 .
Website Address

http://www.hrsa.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Pittsburgh The $ 996,843   2011-09-012014-08-31
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 619,414   2013-07-012014-08-31
Virginia Commonwealth University $ 54,614   2013-09-012014-02-28
Washington University, The $ 5,972   2013-09-012013-10-31
Lifeline Of Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc. $ 800,666   2010-09-012013-08-31
National Kidney Foundation Of Michigan, Inc. $ 967,791   2010-09-012013-08-31
University Of Pittsburgh The $ 1,048,570   2008-09-012013-08-31
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc $ 745,399   2011-09-012013-08-31
Emory University $ 1,016,687   2010-09-012013-08-31
National Kidney Foundation Of Michigan, Inc. $ 719,876   2009-09-012013-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2016: The University of Arizona in collaboration with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons continue to operate the Program through the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC). Through the end of March 2017, the NLDAC has received 7,257 applications for reimbursement and has facilitated 3,831 living donor transplants. The median household income for transplant recipients whose transplant was facilitated by NLDAC is $26,914. The average reimbursement to donors and companions is $2,319. The NLDAC, since its inception, has paid out $12.58 million to approved applicants including actual donors. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program:. A broad spectrum of interventions to increase donation has been implemented at the national, State, and local levels by a variety of public and private organizations, ranging from large-scale national media and public education programs and statewide donor registries to community-based activities to raise awareness among various population groups. These projects have contributed to the knowledge base about important factors associated with the donation decision-making process and methods for motivating people to make the commitment to become deceased organ donors and educating the public about living donation. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Funds made available through this program may not be made available to donating individuals when payment for qualified reimbursement expenses has been made, or can reasonably be expected to be made: (1) under any State compensation program, under an insurance policy, or under any Federal or State health benefits program; (2) by an entity that provides health services on a prepaid basis; or (3) by the recipient of the organ.

Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: Funds under this notice may not be used for the following purposes: to purchase or improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building except for minor remodeling; to make payments to recipients of services, except for reimbursement of reasonable and allowable out-of-pocket expenses associated with participation in project activities; nor to support: (a) biomedical and clinical research; (b) the development and/or assessment of the efficacy of new or improved clinical methods of donor management, organ recovery, or organ preservation; (c) fundamental research focused on new or improved evaluation tools and methodologies; (d) fundamental research focused on the development of new behavioral theories relevant to health attitudes, practices, and decision-making (e) interventions inconsistent with existing Federal law; (f) to implement efforts to promote living donation; (g) to conduct interventions to increase tissue donation alone; (h) to evaluate clinical outcomes of donation after cardiac death (DCD) organs; (i) to fund staff time devoted to project activities that is being supported by other sources.

All Programs: Funds may not be used for activities that are reimbursable under Medicare.

Funds must be used in a manner consistent with program policies developed by DoT and with the HHS Grants Policy Statement, January 1, 2007, available at the HRSA grants web site at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: As specified in Section 377 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, eligible applicants include States, transplant centers, qualified organ procurement organizations under section 371, or other public or private entities.

Faith-based, community organizations and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations are eligible to apply. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: As specified in Section 377A(b) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, the Secretary may make peer-reviewed grants to public and nonprofit private entities for the purpose of carrying out studies and demonstration projects to increase organ donation and recovery rates, including living donation.

If the applicant is an OPTN member, and if the applicant is working with a consortium that includes OPTN members, the applicant and all other OPTN members are expected to comply with the final rule governing the operation of the OPTN Section 121.11(b2).

Faith-based, community organizations and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Primary beneficiaries are low/moderate income living organ donors and recipients. All other Programs: Beneficiaries of the grant efforts are ultimately organ donor registrants, organ donors, and organ transplant recipients.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA notice of funding opportunity under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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 his or her 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.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.

Award Procedures

Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Section 377 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 274f. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness: Section 377A(b) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 274f-1(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Up to 200 days from application deadline.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation Cooperative Agreement is awarded for up to five 12-month budget periods. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Research grants are awarded for up to three 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For the programs described above, grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: For all three programs described above grantees drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

No cash reports are required.

Program reports are not applicable.

No cash reports are required.

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Two progress reports are required in addition to annual financial reports.

Final reports and final financial status reports are due 90 days from the end of the project period.

The grantee also submits quarterly updates to HRSA on the number and characteristics of applications received and funded by the Program. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: Two semi-annual progress reports are required from all awardees in addition to annual financial reports.

Final reports and final financial status reports are due 90 days from the end of the project period.

Oral reports are required at project termination.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records for 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the award 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

75-0357-0-1-550.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $1,795,729; FY 17 est $2,790,204; and FY 18 est $3,500,000 - Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation Program. (Project Grants) FY 16 $4,857,109; FY 17 est $3,508,854; and FY 18 est $4,259,978 - Increasing Organ Donation Awareness.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: one award up to $3,500,000 Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: $184,192 to $601,373; $467,561.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation: Mesmin Germain, MBA, MPH, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W50, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: 301-443-0053. Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Grant Program: Venus Walker, Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 08W49D53C, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone:301-443-7578 .

Headquarters Office

Division of Transplantation, 5600 Fishers Lane, 08W49, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Phone: (301) 443-7578.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Please refer to the notice(s) of funding opportunity.



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