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Increasing Organ Donation Awareness

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)


    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Transplantation is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Increasing Organ Donation Awareness grant program. The overall purpose of the program is to reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organ donors. For the FY 2017 grant cycle, the program seeks proposals related to living organ donation and vascularized composite allograft (VCA) donation, specifically hand and face.

    The specific goals of the 2017 grant program are to identify successful strategies that can serve as model interventions to:
    • 1) Increase public knowledge about opportunities for, and risks and benefits of, living donation, or
    • 2) Increase public knowledge about VCAs and willingness to become a VCA donor and/or authorize a deceased relative to be a VCA donor.
    Accordingly, HRSA will support research studies to test the effectiveness of strategies that target either of the two specified program goals with the potential to have a wide impact and be readily adaptable within the donation and transplantation community. For purposes of this program, model interventions are defined as those that are: (1) effective in producing a verifiable and demonstrable impact on either of the program objectives identified above; (2) replicable; (3) transferable; and (4) feasible in practice. All projects must have rigorous methodology and quantitative evaluation components capable of ascertaining the effectiveness of the intervention(s). While quantitative research would most strongly demonstrate effectiveness, qualitative components may add useful information.
    • Applications that focus on Living Donation must clearly describe an intervention designed to increase the target populations knowledge about opportunities for, and the risks and benefits of living organ donation. The study hypothesis and intervention design will be objectively reviewed to ensure that the intervention does not ˜promote living donation. Any application that indicates that the project will promote or encourage living organ donation or willingness to become a living donor will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding under this announcement. For example, if an application states that the intervention materials will tell participants that they should get evaluated to become living donors, (as opposed to telling them that they can get evaluated to become living donors), the application will be deemed non-responsive. Outcome measures must evaluate changes in knowledge about the opportunities for and risks and benefits of living organ donation.
    • Applications that focus on VCA Donation can include strategies to increase knowledge and/or willingness to be a VCA donor at the time of ones death or to authorize VCA donation for a deceased relative or significant other. The aim is to foster more immediate and widespread use of successful interventions and ultimately to increase availability of VCA organs for transplant. Although at the present time there are no registration options for indicating willingness to donate VCA as there are for other organs, applicants may propose relevant behavior change measures.

    History of Funding

    Projects and abstracts funded through this program can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Funds under this announcement may not be used for the following purposes:
    • to purchase or improve land, or to purchase, construct, or make permanent improvements to any building except for minor remodeling.
    • to make payments to recipients of services, except for reimbursement of reasonable and allowable out-of-pocket expenses associated with participation in project activities.
    • to support: (a) projects that promote living organ donation; (b) projects that do not fall under one of the four research objectives listed in the introduction; (c) biomedical and clinical research; (d) the development and/or assessment of the efficacy of new or improved clinical methods of donor management, organ recovery, or organ preservation; (e) fundamental research focused on new or improved evaluation tools and methodologies; (f) fundamental research focused on the development of new behavioral theories relevant to health attitudes, practices, and decision-making; or (g) interventions inconsistent with existing federal law.
    • to fund interventions to increase tissue donation alone.
    • to fund proposals to assess clinical outcomes of donation after cardiac death organs.
    • to fund OPO staff time devoted to project activities that are being supported by other sources. If an OPO is proposed to receive funding, describe how the OPO staff activities are separate from their normal operations.
    • to fund staff time for individuals to supervise grant project staff if their role is generally to supervise staff and activities (e.g.., an organizations CEO cannot receive project funds to provide overall supervision of the project).


    Venus Walker

    Venus Walker
    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville', MD 20857
    (301) 443-7578

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

    If the applicant is an Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) member, and/or if the applicant is working with a consortium that includes OPTN members, the applicant and all other OPTN members involved in the project are expected to be in compliance with the HHS final rule governing the operation of the OPTN.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by February 17, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. A similar deadline is anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $1,000,000 is available in total funding. Up to four awards will be granted. Awards are up to $450,000 per year. Project period is from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2020. There is no cost sharing/matching required.


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