CDC: Surveillance of Congenital Heart Defects Across the Lifespan

This new, competitive FOA will expand the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities' programs conducting birth defects surveillance with a focus on congenital heart defects (CHDs) among individuals of all ages. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (DBDDD) seeks to fund collaborative projects to:

1) Category A: Build on existing infrastructure for population-based CHDs surveillance to (i) link additional years of surveillance data for both adolescents and adults identified having a CHD, (ii) identify factors associated with optimal healthcare and improved outcomes, (iii) evaluate factors that impede appropriate transition from pediatric to adult care, (iv) expand surveillance activities to include the lifespan, if possible, and (v) develop pilot projects to translate public health best practices into action.

2) Category B: Develop and implement innovative approaches for conducting population-based surveillance of CHDs in adolescents and adults, and if possible, across the lifespan, by linking existing data sources. Surveillance data will be used for descriptive epidemiology, to identify comorbidities, and examine healthcare utilization and referral to timely and appropriate services.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

Between $250,000 and $500,000.


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

For complete eligibility requirements, see the CDC's Opportunity website.

Submission Process

Step 1

Internal deadline for submission of a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) is no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015. The letter of intent should be a one-page explanation of what the researcher wants and how it meets the funding criteria. Please also provide an NIH-style biosketch for the PI. Materials should be submitted as PDF attachments to an email sent to Dr. Suzanne Rivera at

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by May 4, 2015.

Step 3

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration or SOM Office of Grants and Contract by May 22, 2015.

Step 4

Sponsor deadline is June 1, 2015.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
04/27/2015 05/04/2015 05/22/2015 06/01/2015 CLOSED