National Maternal and Child Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This announcement solicits applications for the National Maternal and Child Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII) Cooperative Agreement. HRSA will award one prime-award recipient to lead a consortium of partners to work with local, state, and national key stakeholders to improve existing systems of care in support of a quality improvement, patient-centered approach that addresses the comprehensive oral health needs of maternal and child health (MCH) populations. The National Maternal and Child COHSII (here forth referred to as “the Center”) will serve as the central convener, coordinator, and promoter of new knowledge and skills. In doing so, the Center will perform three distinct functions:

1) provide technical assistance and training to state Title V MCH Block Grant programs and oral health Special Projects of Regional And National Significance (SPRANS) award recipients,

2) establish a set of national MCH oral health quality indicators for monitoring oral health care delivery within existing systems of care, and

3) translate evidence to practice by developing and disseminating action-oriented educational resources for systems integration and workforce development.

This funding opportunity announcement calls upon you to harness creative ideas, put knowledge into action and bridge gaps between what we know and what we do. The consortium will collectively have subject matter expertise in: (1) clinical expertise in MCH populations, (2) governance structures of public health systems; (3) systems administration and payment of oral health care; (4) quality improvement in public health and (5) health care data collection and evaluation. Project oversight by an experienced team is expected. You will identify a COHSII Management Team, made up of select members of the consortium, to coordinate and direct the Center. This team will be instrumental in developing a unified approach to advance five intermediate outcomes, learned to date through past and current Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) oral health investments, found to be key in reducing the oral health disparities among MCH populations (cited in the Background section on Page 10).

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are not allowable.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Jan. 30, 2017
  • Sponsor Deadline: Mar. 6, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Per 42 CFR § 51a.3(a), any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b) is eligible to apply. Faithbased and community-based organizations are also eligible to apply. 



Amount Description

Approximately $1,000,000 is expected to be available annually to fund one (1) recipient. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $1,000,000 per year. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2017 federal budget. This program announcement is subject to the appropriation of funds, and is a contingency action taken to ensure that, should funds become available for this purpose, applications can be processed, and funds can be awarded in a timely manner. The project period is July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021 (4 years). Funding beyond the first year is dependent on the availability of appropriated funds for the National Maternal and Child Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory recipient performance, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

January 30, 2017

External Deadline

March 6, 2017