Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Surveillance, Research, and Prevention

This funding supports State health agencies, universities, and public and private nonprofit organizations in planning, implementing, coordinating, or evaluating programs related to autism and other developmental disabilities and the improvement of infant and child health and developmental outcomes.


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may include the following activities: conducting epidemiologic research or surveillance; providing a national, State or local platform in the area of autism and developmental disabilities prevention that focuses on improving early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need; enhancing existing research or surveillance programs to better address research questions, monitor changes in prevalence and contributing factors, and inform policy and program activities; employing epidemiological methods to set priorities, build capacity and direct health promotion interventions for persons with autism and other developmental disabilities; disseminating data and health information; employing strategies to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in the identification of autism and other developmental disabilities; and expanding public health training opportunities through fellowships to introduce geneticists, epidemiologists, and clinicians to public health practice through education, training and career-enhancing experiences.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to strengthen, expand, build upon or enhance research, surveillance, health promotion, education, and prevention/intervention activities that contribute to the mission and activities of the Division of Congenital 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 autism and other developmental disabilities, and infant and child health and developmental outcomes, including related health promotion, education and training, and prevention/intervention.

Funds may also be used to coordinate the dissemination of prevention information to the general public, target populations, 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Consumer; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Private nonprofit institution/organizations and others.


Credentials/Documentation (083): 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

After review and approval, a Notice of Award from the CDC Office of Grant Services is prepared and signed by an authorized Grants Management Officer and mailed to the recipient officer identified in the application, along with appropriate notification to the public. The initial award provides funds for first budget period (usually 12 months) and Notice of Award indicates support recommended for the remainder of project period, allocation of Federal funds by budget categories, and special conditions, if any. Cooperative agreement awards and grants, competitive and single eligibility, are determined by an internal objective committee review process at CDC, including peer reviews for research activities. Awards will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the respective Notice of Funding Opportunity, the availability of funds, and such other significant factors as deemed necessary and appropriate by CDC.


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


Public Health Service Act, Executive Order 317(k)(2), Title 42, Part 241(a), Section 301(a), 42 U.S.C 247b(k)(2). , Title 42, Part 241(A), Section 301(a).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Project periods are for 1 to 5 years with 12-month budget periods. Applications must be obtained from Grants Management Officer, Office of Grant Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Telephone: (770) 488-2700. Throughout project periods, CDC?s commitment to continuation of awards will be conditioned on the availability of funds and evidence of satisfactory progress by recipient as documented in the required reports. If additional support is desired to continue a project beyond the approved project period, an application for competing continuation must be submitted for review in the same manner as a new application. Projects are renewable for periods of 1 to 4 years.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is available for 12-month budget periods within project periods ranging from 1 to 5 years. After awards are issued, funds are released in accordance with the payment procedure established by the grantee institution with DHHS, which may be an Electronic Transfer System or a Monthly Cost Request System. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Semiannual or annual progress reports are required.

Annual Progress reports and federal Financial Reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period.

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

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities may propose on-site meetings, off-site or other processes for the exchange of information on progress toward objectives of collaborative activities.

A plan of proposed activities is required annually.

The reporting format and required report content details are specified in Funding Opportunity Announcements.

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

Cash reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


There is a 3-year record retention requirement; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if final audit has not been done or findings resolved. Property records must be retained in accordance with the HHS Grants Policy Statement requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $5,624,841; FY 17 est $5,099,939; and FY 18 est $5,099,939

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY17/18 range is depended upon funding availability. Award amount range is $75,000-$800,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations governing this program are published under 42 CFR Part 51b. Guidelines are available in the application kit. The HHS Grants Policy Statement can be found online at:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bruce Heath 4770 Buford Hwy., MS-E86, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 Email: Phone: 404-639-1938

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

Meticulon, a project of Autism Calgary Association in partnership with the federal government and the Sinneave Family Foundation, operates as a social enterprise that renders high-tech services provided by people with autism, leveraging their natural abilities at requiring attention to detail, repetition, and sequencing.

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