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Patricia S. Brown Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Education Research Projects (Round 7)

Grants to New York Nonprofits for Educational
Projects that Mitigate Breast Cancer Risk

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New York State Department of Health (DOH) and Health Research Science Board (HRSB)

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Deadline Date:

10/17/19 4:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $75,000 per year to New York nonprofit community-based organizations to develop and implement innovative pilot educational projects to reduce breast cancer risk. Nonprofit organizations must be pre-qualified in the online registration system prior to applying. All applicants must enter into a partnership with a qualified institution.

The purpose of this RFA is to encourage the development and implementation of innovative pilot projects in breast cancer risk reduction education with rigorous evaluation and revision. Successful applications will propose the design of new educational strategies to elicit behavior changes intended to reduce specific risk factors associated with developing breast cancer.

Project efforts should be targeted to the following audiences:

  • Individuals (and members of their support networks) from specific populations or communities at particular risk of developing breast cancer, including recurrence; or
  • Staff or volunteers of breast cancer CBOs serving the targeted group(s), to “train-the-trainers.”

Applications should propose:

  1. Planning and development of a novel breast cancer risk reduction education program using innovative methods or strategies consistent with, or that build upon, the findings of the “The Community Guide.” The proposed education program should:
    • Discuss the scientific basis for the chosen method or strategy;
    • Identify and explain the selection of the target audience; and
    • Identify the selected evidence-based, modifiable risk factor(s) that will be addressed (e.g., physical activity levels, body mass index, alcohol use). Note: Risk factors for breast cancer that are not evidence-based shall not be included.
  2. Pilot implementation (a small-scale test or trial) of the novel program.
  3. Rigorous, formal evaluation of the pilot’s effectiveness in increasing participant understanding of the modifiable behaviors and their intent to adopt risk-reducing behavior change.
    • Describe the selection and use of reliable and validated evaluation tools.
  4. Revision and refinement of the program and associated materials based on evaluation results.
    • Contractors will be expected to report these findings and, where applicable, identify individual and community-level barriers and/or challenges to successful adoption and implementation of behavior change.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161264

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately two (2)

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The annual direct costs for a single award are capped at $75,000 per year.
- Additionally, funds will be available to support Facilities and Administrative costs up to 20 percent of modified total direct costs.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Award Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
- Anticipated Initial Contract Length: 3 Years

It is expected that contracts resulting from this RFA will have the following time period: 1/1/2021 through 12/31/2023 for a multi-year term of up to three years. Contracts will not be renewable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant organization must be a New York State not-for-profit community-based organization (CBO). All applicants must enter into a partnership. The partnership must be between a CBO and a “qualified institution”.

The eligible Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) is designated by the applicant organization, has the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed Workplan. An individual may serve as a PI/PD on more than one application in response to this RFA provided that the goals and objectives of each application are significantly different. However, a maximum of one award will be made per PI/PD. Individuals and corporate or academic entities may appear in any number of applications as collaborators or consultants.

Eligibility to apply includes the following mandatory items:
1. CBO
- The CBO must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
- The CBO must be a grass roots, free-standing organization in New York, where breast cancer survivors hold significant decision-making responsibilities
- The CBO must serve one or more New York communities
- The CBO must offer a broad range of breast cancer education or support services free of charge; and
- The CBO is Prequalified in the NYS Grants Gateway, if not exempt.

2. Partner (Subcontractor)
The CBO must enter into a partnership (subcontract) with a qualified NYS institution, defined as:
- An academic or medical institution;
- State or local government agency;
- Healthcare facility;
- Hospital or their affiliates; and
- Any other institution approved by the department.

The partnership between the CBO and the qualified institution must be clearly named using the application forms
- The CBO must be named using RFA Attachment 3: Application Form 1
- The partner (Subcontractor) must be named using RFA Attachment 4: Application Form 1-Sa

3. PI/PD
- Is not a postdoctoral fellow or dependent research staff; and
- Is not restricted from receiving Public Health Service (PHS) funding or debarred by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other federal or New York State government entity

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Applicant Conference will be held for this project. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the applicant conference to receive an overview of the RFA and ask specific questions. Applicants unable to participate in the webinar will have the option to view the applicant webinar slides at their convenience. The applicant webinar slides will be posted with the Questions and Answers document on the NYS Grants Gateway website. Failure to attend the applicant conference will not preclude the submission of an application.

September 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM

By Webinar (WebEx) at:
1-844-633-8697 or 1-518-549-0500
Meeting ID # 644 813 620

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events
- Release Date: September 3, 2019
- Letter of Intent Due (Strongly encouraged): September 18, 2019
- Applicant Conference Registration Due: September 16, 2019
- Applicant Conference: September 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM
- Questions Due: September 30, 2019
- Questions, Answers and Updates Posted: October 7, 2019
- Applications Due: October 17, 2019 by 4:00PM via the Grants Gateway

Prospective applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a Letter of Intent. This form will be used to develop the review panel in a timely manner. Letters of Intent should be submitted via the Grants Gateway in the Pre-Submission Uploads section of the online application. A copy must also be e-mailed to Jeannine Tusch.

Staff will be available at the phone number and email address below to answer questions about the RFA during regular business hours and up to 4 PM on the application due date.

Once the application is complete, prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time. This will allow sufficient opportunity for the applicant to obtain assistance and take corrective action should there be a technical issue with the submission process. Both DOH and Grants Management staff are available to answer applicant’s technical questions and provide technical assistance prior to the application due date and time.

Not-for-profit applicants must be prequalified on the due date for this application submission. Be sure to maintain prequalification status between funding opportunities. Three of a not-for-profit’s essential financial documents - the IRS990, Financial Statement and Charities Bureau filing - expire on an annual basis. If these documents are allowed to expire, the not-for-profit’s prequalification status expires as well, and it will not be eligible for State grant funding until its documentation is updated and approved, and prequalified status is reinstated.

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

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Jeannine Tusch
Extramural Grants Administration
(518) 474-7002

New York State Department of Health
Wadsworth Center
Empire State Plaza, Room C345
PO Box 509, Albany, NY 12201-0509

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Request for Applications #18289 Grants Gateway ID: DOH01-PBRWN7-2021

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