Bio-Preparedness Collaboratory

This program supports the development of a comprehensive, statewide system to strengthen the Nation?s ability to identify and respond to biological threats and other health and safety hazards and to foster an environment of collaboration among organizations with a role in health protection.

program works toward a national preparedness system to guide activities that will enable the Nation to achieve the National Preparedness Goal.

The system will allow the Nation to track the progress of our ability to build and improve the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from those threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill $ 4,400,000   2015-02-272017-08-31
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill-$ 79,657   2010-06-012011-05-31
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
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$ 0   
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: - Enhance analytics to include machine learning classification development and natural language processing to improve accuracy of syndrome query results. - Transition system to HTML5 to become more mobile and user friendly. - Development of a draft business plan based on market research. Fiscal Year 2017: - Expanded geography to include data acquisition from at least two (2) additional locations with Data Use Agreements (DUAs) in place for at least five (5) additional jurisdictions. - Transition core capabilities from the University-sponsored environment to the legal successor entity while maintaining the ability to deliver a bio-surveillance capability to NCBP stakeholders. - Develop advanced analytic algorithms or approaches to alerting on a specific use-case that is meaningful to the existing NCBP user community including Opioid Overdoses and Motor Vehicle Crashes. - Transition to Amazon Web Services hosting platform to improve and maintain operations of a stable, secure, and HIPAA-compliant system as well as meet standards to protect other sensitive type of information. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restricted to a demonstration project that would support the development of a comprehensive, statewide system to analyze public health trends and detect incidents that may threaten homeland security.

Additional information concerning uses and restrictions is contained in the program guidance document or can be obtained from the administering program office identified in this announcement.

Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.

Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and award provisions.

See program guidance.

Please refer to the program guidance for further information.

Refer to the program guidance for further information.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcement and program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refer to the program guidance for further information.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


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


Section 102(b)(2) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended; Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010, Title III, Public Law 111-83, 2157 Stat.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.


Not Applicable.


Subject to future appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching 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

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Refer to program guidance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly ?Progress Reports? must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: Jan.

30, April 30, July 30, and Oct.


Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.


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. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must 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. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $3,400,000; FY 17 est $1,500,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

(Refer to section #140 in CFDA reference manual. OMB Circulars No. A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments and A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations, A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedure.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Dr. Tom McGinn, Senior Health Advisor/Project Officer 1120 Vermont Ave. NW, Office 6-158, Washington, District of Columbia 20528 Phone: (202) 262-7657

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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