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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Increasing Organ Donation Awareness Program

Deadline: February 12, 2018

The overall purpose of the Increasing Organ Donation Awareness program is to reduce the gap between the demand for organ transplants and the supply of organ donors. Specific goals for the FY 2018 award cycle include:

  1. Identify successful strategies for increasing registration for deceased donation through traditional portals such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and online registries.
  2. Identify non-traditional donor registration portals and ascertain their effectiveness for increasing donor registration as compared with traditional portals.
  3. Increase awareness and knowledge about opportunities for, as well as the risks and benefits associated with living donation.
  4. Increase knowledge about vascularized composite allografts (VCA) and willingness to become a VCA deceased donor or provide authorization for a deceased relative to become a VCA donor.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will support research studies to test the effectiveness of strategies that target any of the 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).

Applicants may propose studies that are pilot projects or extension projects. Applicants are encouraged to propose new ideas and novel approaches that are cost-effective in achieving these program goals and demonstrate utility for the donation and transplantation community. Applicants may also implement strategies that have been successful in other public health fields and evaluate their effectiveness for use in the donation field.

Amount: Approximately $1,000,000 is available to fund four grants.

Eligibility: Domestic public or non-profit private entities, including faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295235

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