Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Resident Postdoctoral Program in Microbiology

The purpose of this program is to conduct a resident postdoctoral fellowship program in microbiology in infectious diseases laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The program offers two-year fellowships to perform research in pathogenic microorganisms.

acquire specific experience in the public health aspects of microbiology, new approaches, methodologies, and knowledge in infectious disease diagnosis, prevention and control.

Program goals include increasing the number of scientists trained and experienced in novel and practical applications of microbiology in infectious diseases research.

In addition, goals include producing a cadre of infectious disease microbiology-research scientists in public health laboratories; increasing workforce capacity and enhancing the nation?s public health laboratory system both domestically and globally.

This program supports CDC's mission to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the United States.

This program provides fellows research experiences that contribute to responding to and stopping new and emerging health treats, and discovering new ways to protect and improve the public?s health through science and advanced technology.

This program is in alignment with the following strategies and objectives of the CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID): 1) advance and increase effectiveness of infectious disease laboratory science; 2) develop and apply the science to support and implement new and proven approaches to prevent and control infectious diseases; 3) improve public health laboratory capacity for bioterrorism preparedness and response by developing and validating new tools and tests to aid laboratory detection and identification of new, unknown, emerging, or bioterror disease threats; and 4) support the NCEZID workforce by attracting, maintaining, and developing a highly skilled, motivated and diverse workforce to fulfill the mission of NCEZID.
Related Programs93.065 Laboratory Leadership, Workforce Training and Management Development, Improving Public Health Laboratory Infrastructure; 93.283 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention_Investigations and Technical Assistance; 93.322 CSELS Partnerships: Enhancing Public Health laboratoriesExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: CDC-RFA-CK12-1203 Resident Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Microbiology (aka ASM/CDC Program in Infectious Disease and Public Health Microbiology Postdoctoral Research Fellowship) CDC-RFA-OE15-1501 APHL-CDC Partnership: Strengthening Public Health Laboratories (EID Fellowship).

Fiscal Year 2017: CDC-RFA-CK12-1203 Resident Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Microbiology.

Fiscal Year 2018: CDC-RFA-CK12-1203 Resident Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Microbiology.

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.
Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program targets individuals who: 1) have received a doctorate degree in a scientific concentration, or will have earned this degree prior to their proposed fellowship start date, and 2) are no more than three years past either receiving their doctorate degree or completing their first post-doctoral residency.

Funds awarded through this program are only for non-research activities, including stipends and related support costs for fellows, and for recipient costs to administer the program.

Award recipients may not use these funds for research or for directly supporting any research projects the fellows may participate in during the fellowship.

This program is funded 100% by CDC discretionary budget authority.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants must have experience and demonstrated success in administering training programs in public health laboratory/microbiology research or other life sciences.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This program contributes to developing a public health laboratory workforce for the diagnosis, prevention and control of infectious diseases in the United States and abroad. The nation's public is the ultimate recipient of benefits from this program.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For all other nonprofit grantees, cost will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR 74 Subpart Q. Title 2 of the United States Code section 1611 states that an organization described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to receive Federal funds constituting an award, grant, or loan. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A Letter of Intent to apply (LOI) may be requested.

The LOI is a preliminary, non-binding indication of an organization?s intent to submit an application.

The purpose of an LOI is to allow CDC program staff to estimate the number of applicants and plan for the review of submitted applications.

If required, instructions for submitting an LOI will be stated in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Detailed application and submission information is provided in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). If internet access is not available, or if the online forms cannot be accessed, applicants may call the CDC OGS staff at 770-488-2700 or e-mail OGS for assistance. Persons with hearing loss may access CDC telecommunications at TTY 1-888-232-6348.

Award Procedures

Recipients will receive an electronic copy of the Notice of Award (NOA) from CDC OGS. The NOA shall be the only binding, authorizing document between the recipient and CDC. The NOA will be signed by an authorized GMO and emailed to the Recipient Business Officer listed in application and the Program Director. Any applicant awarded funds in response to this NOFO will be subject to the DUNS, SAM Registration, and Federal Funding Accountability And Transparency Act Of 2006 (FFATA) requirements. Unsuccessful applicants will receive notification of these results by e-mail with delivery receipt or by US mail.


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


Section 317(k)(2) of the Public Health Service Act, [42 U.S.C. 247b (k)(2)], as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


Annual renewals within an awarded multi-year project period are conditional. Throughout the project period, CDC's commitment to continuation of awards will be subject to 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

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements. Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Financial assistance is provided for a 12-month budget period with project periods of up to five years subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory progress of the recipient. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period.

Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period.

The grant recipient must provide CDC with an annual interim progress report that serves as the continuation application, due no later than (NLT) 120 days prior to the end of the budget period identified in the solicitation guidance.

This report should include the information specified in the NOFO and NOA, and must contain the following elements: current budget period activities objectives, current budget period financial progress, new budget period program proposed activity objectives, budget, additional requested information, and measures of effectiveness.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Periodic progress reports are required as described in the NOFO and NOA.

These may include reports on program activities, such as participant recruitment, application and selection process, orientation and placement; preceptor/mentor selection and orientation; participants' individual progress, as well as surveys of fellows and preceptors before, during and after their participation in the program.

The Annual Federal Financial report (FFR) SF-425 is required and must be submitted to the GMS/GMO no later than 90 days after the end of the budget period.

Performance monitoring is applicable with substantial involvement from CDC to ensure: 1) the work plan is feasible based on the budget and consistent with the intent of the award; 2) the recipient is performing at a sufficient level to achieve outcomes within stated time frames, and 3) the recipient systems that underlie and generate data reports are adequate.

Post-award monitoring activities may include ongoing communication between CDC and the recipient; reviewing performance measures, program data, evaluation instruments, budget plan and financial reports; tracking program progress in achieving the desired outcomes; and CDC clearance of fellows' research abstracts, poster presentations, and publication submissions.


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.


Financial and personnel records include financial awards, financial status reports, participant demographic information, participant survey responses, interim reports, and final reports must be maintained for a period of seven years. All records must be created and maintained in electronic, searchable format, compatible with Microsoft Office, and available to CDC upon request. Records containing data (demographic, numerical &/or survey questionnaire responses), in addition to the above, must be structured in a database, and created and maintained in a format compatible with downloading into a data spreadsheet format for sorting/analysis.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0949-0-1-550 - Cooperative Agreement.


(Salaries) FY 16 $1,258,661; FY 17 est $486,126; and FY 18 est $0 - Carryover of $1,079,623 unobligated balance from previous was applied to the FY17.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Program was previously funded under CDC-RFA-CK12-1203. Awards ranged from $955,013 to $1,258,661 for FY2012-FY2017.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Recipients must comply with the administrative and public policy requirements outlined in 45 CFR Part 75 and the HHS Grants Policy Statement, as appropriate.Brief descriptions of relevant provisions are available at http://www.cdcgov/grants/additionalrequirements/index.html#ui-id-17. The HHS Grants Policy Statement is available at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Angela Y. Slaughter Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Road, MS C-18, Atlanta, Georgia 30329 Email: Phone: 4046397722

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications will be evaluated on the review criteria described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). In general, the review and selection process of complete and responsive applications to the NOFO consists of determination of the technical merit by objective or peer review, and availability of funds. Refer to the NOFO for additional review criteria. The budget is not scored.

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