According to the Public Health Service (PHS), a cooperative agreement is a "financial assistance mechanism to be used in lieu of a grant when substantial federal programmatic involvement with the recipient during the performance is anticipated by the PHS awarding office.” This means that projects funded under cooperative agreements involve substantial interaction between the investigator and the technical advisor at the federal funding agency. Principal investigators and their technical advisors are encouraged to become active partners in their research endeavors and share their expertise and resources.
In 1981, the creation of the first ASPH/CDC Cooperative Agreement (CA) was a landmark achievement in the effort to bring together the fields of academic public health and practice. The establishment of the CA represented the first time the CDC had employed this tool to help accomplish its mission. In 2012, ASPH successfully re-competed for the current ASPH/CDC Cooperative Agreement. This collaborative effort enables schools of public health, both directly and indirectly via ASPH, to further develop the public health workforce and improve the interaction between public health practice and academicians.
The CA supports projects within schools of public health through the following mechanisms:
- CDC Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs),
- Request for Applications (RFAs), and
- Internship and fellowship opportunities for students.
Examples of CA projects from prior years include:
- Develop projects aimed at improving the preparation of public health personnel and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of public health programs and workforce.
- Plan, develop, evaluate, and assist in the delivery of public health programs and interventions at the local, state, regional, national and international levels, and incorporate the results into appropriate teaching and learning experiences in the schools of public health.
- Develop and evaluate models of instruction, including distance learning technologies, and health promotion and health service delivery to advance the state-of-the-art in public health and to incorporate the results into appropriate teaching and learning experiences in the schools of public health.
- Convene workshops for private, academic, and public health organizations to exchange information, opinions and findings in specific fields of public health, preventive medicine and health promotion.
- Identify new approaches and opportunities for field experiences in which students can apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.
Funding opportunities through the CA are available to all full-time faculty from accredited schools of public health. Submission information can be found at http://www.cdc-cafunding.org. Please continue to check the website for the most current information on the funding cycle and opportunities. Applications are reviewed by objective review and the individual Centers, Institutes and Offices (CIOs) at the CDC make all funding decisions.
* Funding Announcement of new WIPs
* Applications Due to ASPH
* Review of Applications
* Announcement of Funded Applications
* New Fiscal Year Begins