BAA for Applied Research to Address Emerging Public Health Priorities

Biodefense Broad Agency AnnouncementThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking proposals for funding under a Broad Agency Announcement for “Applied Research to Address Emerging Public Health Priorities”.

Highlighted topic areas include:

  • High-throughput targeted sequencing of antimicrobial resistance (AR) determinants from complex metagenomic samples
  • Improving and maintaining molecular detection of AR for public health
  • Detect and characterize transmission of multi-drug resistant bacteria in global settings to understand the potential global transmission dynamics of spread
  • Development of clinical support tools to facilitate infection control and antimicrobial stewardship in resource-limited settings
  • Develop tools to effectively communicate and train healthcare workers on complex infection control topics in resource limited settings
  • Detecting and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic resistant organisms in post-acute and long-term care facilities
  • Novel strategies to address community onset invasive Staphylococcus aureus
  • Supporting post graduate fellowships related to antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship
  • Implementation of improved antifungal screening for Valley Fever as a tool for improving antibiotic use
  • Innovative hospital-based prevention of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)
  • Develop solutions to inform and simplify the process of collecting and using public health surveillance and survey data
  • Develop modular public health surveillance systems that promote interoperability and which can be deployed and maintained in resource-poor environments.
  • Develop solutions to improve the secure transmission of surveillance and survey data from public health partners to CDC and from CDC back to public health partners.
  • Develop solutions to improve the timely dissemination of public health data sets to the general public
  • Develop or repurpose existing public health tools (e.g., Epi Info) to be used in places with limited network connectivity or limited resources for commercial software and professional IT support.
  • Develop solutions to strengthen death investigation and surveillance systems.
  • Support the modernization of legacy public health applications and systems by building Foundation Services that will promote the federal government’s objectives for modular and component-based software development.

Potential responders are encouraged to initiate a technical dialogue with subject-matter-experts listed in the program solicitation for each topic. The email request should summarize the intended research proposal in order to facilitate the discussion for programmatic alignment.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: FY2017-OADS-01. The response deadline is Apr 26, 2017 3:00 pm Eastern.

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