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Maternal Serum Screening

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofit Medical Centers
to Increase Access to Prenatal Screening Tests

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Public Health (DPH) - Women’s and Children’s Health Section, Children and Youth Branch

Deadline Date:

12/10/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to North Carolina private or public nonprofit medical centers to promote the use of prenatal screening services for underserved women. Funding is intended to provide screening services, educate doctors, and interpret lab results. The purpose of funding to increase access to screening tests for underserved and low-income residents and to reduce neonatal mortality and the incidence of chronic handicapping conditions.

The purpose of this Request for Applications is to identify contractor(s) who can provide access to maternal serum screening to indigent pregnant women in North Carolina in order to identify at-risk infants with neural tube defects, Down syndrome and trisomy 18; to educate physicians and other health care providers about this program and about the importance of screening; to accurately interpret lab results to physicians so that they can discuss counseling options with patients; and to provide additional types of testing to the pregnant woman if indicated by the first test result. The contractor(s) may apply to provide maternal screening services to indigent women living within a specific geographic region of the state (such as the eastern or western region) and/or across the entire state. 

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Populations served are women who meet federally developed guidelines as low income. Medicaid and health insurance reimbursements for services on their fee schedule are considered payment in full. Division of Public Health funds will only cover services with no other reimbursement mechanism. 

The funds will be allocated to the successful applicant(s) based on need, population service area and the number of units of service that the applicant is provided based on data from fiscal year June 2018 - May 2019 data and cost per unit. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 138960

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The funding period for the contract will be awarded through this RFA beginning on June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods, pending availability of state funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public or private non-profit medical centers with a genetics program and a fully functioning AlphaFetoprotein (AFP) laboratory are eligible to apply for these funds.

Eligible applicants must meet laboratory standards as required by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and the Foundation of Biomedical Research (FBR) proficiency testing and licensures. In addition, maternal serum screening program directors must be certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).

Pre-Application Information:

Application Process Summary Dates:
- 11/04/2019: Request for Applications released to eligible applicants.
- 11/15/2019: End of Q&A period. All questions due in writing by 5:00 pm.
Written questions concerning the specifications in this Request for Applications are due by 5:00 pm on November 15, 2019. As an addendum to the RFA, a summary of all questions and answers will be released, by November 20, 2019 to all agencies and organizations sent a copy of this Request for Applications.
- 11/20/2019: Answers to Questions released to all applicants, as an addendum to the RFA.
- 12/10/2019: Applications due by 5:00 pm.
- 12/18/2019: Successful applicants will be notified.
- 06/01/2020: Expected contract start date.

Written questions concerning the specifications in this Request for Applications will be due by 5:00 pm on November 15, 2019. As an addendum to this RFA, a summary of all questions and answers will be released, by November 20, 2019 to all agencies and organizations sent a copy of this Request for Applications.

Send all applications directly to the funding agency email address as indicated below. Only electronic applications will be accepted via email in PDF format including all required attachments.

All grantees receiving federal funds must be actively registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) database, or be willing to complete the registration process in conjunction with the award (see To maintain an active SAM record, the record must be updated no less than annually.

Private non-profit applicants must also be registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State to do business in North Carolina, or be willing to complete the registration process in conjunction with the execution of the contract documents. (Refer to:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Inquiries about this RFA should be directed to:
Lara Percenti,, 919-707-5634

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # A-372

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina

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