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Poison Control Centers Program Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-24-045

Note to potential applicant: This list of Frequently Asked Questions responds to the New, Competing Continuation project HRSA-24-045 titled Poison Control Centers Program.

Letter of Intent

Is a Letter of Intent required? What is the Letter of Intent used for if it is not required?

The NOFO addresses the Letter of Intent on page 19: The Letter of Intent should identify your organization and its intent to apply for the funding opportunity and briefly describe the proposal. HRSA will not acknowledge receipt of Letters of Intent. Send the letter via email by March 15, 2024, to: HRSA Digital Services Operation (DSO). Use the HRSA opportunity number as email subject (HRSA-24-045) HRSADSO@hrsa.gov. Although HRSA encourages Letters of Intent to apply, they are not required. You are eligible to apply even if you do not submit a Letter of Intent.

Program information

What is the difference, in practical terms, between goals, objectives, expectations and requirements?

See pages 2 and 8-9 of the NOFO.

Applicant goals are a broad statement of what the applicant plans to accomplish. The objectives are a step towards accomplishing those goals. Expectations are strongly encouraged but not required. A requirement is nonnegotiable and must be met.

On Page 8 and 9 of NOFO, under Requirements and Expectations, it lists "Ensure that human exposure poisoning cases receive a completed follow-up contact when indicated." By completed follow-up, do you mean attempted follow-up... (even if patient doesn't answer the phone)?

Yes, by completed follow up, we are indicating that there was an attempt to contact the individual.

Personnel

If we plan to have a different project director for this 5-year grant cycle, do we just include the new project director or do we need to request a change prior to the new award?

When you submit your application, you will have one project director. If the project director is changing during the grant cycle, you will need to submit a prior approval through EHB that you are changing the project director. Make sure that the cover letter indicates the effective date and who the new project director will be. Also submit the resume or CV with the prior approval request.

Salary cap

Can you confirm that we should use the 2023 salary cap of $212,100? The Executive Order 14090 effective January 1, 2024, changed the salary cap to $221,900. The $221,900 salary cap is also in the HRSA Electronic Handbooks. Can we use $221,900 as the salary cap?

The salary limitation for Senior Level II effective January 2024 is $221,900.

The Further Additional Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024 (P.L. 118-35, January 19, 2024) continues the pay freeze on the payable pay rates for the Vice President and certain senior political appointees through March 8, 2024. Future Congressional action will determine whether the pay freeze continues beyond that date.

Indirect costs

Many of the Poison Control Centers have higher negotiated rates than the 10% limit (for example 53%). The Poison Control Centers NOFO states that indirect costs for this grant program are limited to 10% of allowable total indirect cost regardless of the applicant’s negotiated indirect cost rate. Institutions allow the 10% indirect cost rate because the NOFO states that is the limit. This guidance is also published Federal Register as an approved Exception to HRSA's Indirect policy. Requesting clarity on the indirect cost rate. Can I continue to use the 10% indirect as I have in all prior years?

Indirect costs for this grant program are limited to 10% of allowable total indirect cost, regardless of the applicant’s negotiated indirect cost rate. To claim indirect costs, an indirect cost rate agreement must be included in your application.