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Overdose Data to Action


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 1, 2019
Application Deadline: May 2, 2019

Sponsoring Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Awards funding to state, territorial, county, and city health departments to strengthen the collection of comprehensive and timely overdose data and to use the data to enhance prevention and response activities. Aims to increase provision of evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), while decreasing rates of overdose death from opioids and other substances, emergency department visits, and opioid misuse and OUD. Seeks to strengthen the capacity of state and local public health programs to respond to the epidemic by increasing public awareness of the risk of opioids and by working with providers, community partners, health systems, and payers to reduce unsafe exposure to opioids and treat addiction.

Grant recipients must fulfill both the surveillance and prevention components of the funding program.

The surveillance component is composed of three required strategies.

  • Strategy 1: Collect and disseminate timely emergency department data
  • Strategy 2: Collect and disseminate overdose death circumstances using death certificates and medical examiner/coroner reports
  • Strategy 3: Innovative surveillance projects

The prevention component is comprised of seven strategies. Prevention strategies and activities required for all applicants include:

  • Strategy 1: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)
  • Strategy 2: Integration of state and local prevention and response efforts
  • Strategy 3: Establishing linkages to care
  • Strategy 4: Providers and health system supports

Optional prevention strategies and activities for all applicants include:

  • Strategy 5: Partnerships with public safety and first responders
  • Strategy 6: Empowering individuals to make safer choices
  • Strategy 7: Prevention innovation projects

Additional information on the priority strategies and related activities, as well as short-, intermediate-, and long-term outcomes, is available in the program guidance.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $7,100,000 per year
Award floor: $400,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 78
Estimated total program funding: $840,000,000

Who Can Apply

State, territorial, county, city, or township governments or their bona fide agents are eligible to apply.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process are available in the funding announcement.

A state health department may only submit a single application for this funding opportunity. For the surveillance component of this program:

  • State health departments, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico must apply for all three of the surveillance strategies.
  • All eligible territories except Puerto Rico may only apply for surveillance strategy 3, the innovative projects strategy.

Local health departments or their bona fide agents may submit a single application if they meet the following requirements:

  • Are a city or county health department
  • Serve a population greater than 700,000 people according to the U.S. Census Bureau's City and Town Population Totals: 2010-2017 and Incorporated Places: 2010-2017, U.S.
  • Reported more than 395 drug overdose deaths to the National Center for Health Statistics in 2017
  • If the state health department in which the local health department is situated is funded by this program, the local health department must support the state health department efforts to collect data required by the program for suspected all drug, all opioid, heroin, and all stimulants overdose, and death certificates and medical examiner or coroner reports on drug overdose deaths

Local health departments that meet the above criteria may apply for the prevention component in its entirety and may only apply for surveillance strategy 3, the innovative projects strategy, for the surveillance component of the program.

A local jurisdiction that serves the same population as another recipient will not be funded. Eligible applicants who serve overlapping populations can each submit individual competing applications or reach an agreement to have one jurisdiction submit the application and then collaborate with each other to accomplish the goals of the program.

Letter of intent (LOI) requested but not required.


For programmatic or technical questions:
Wendy Heirendt

For grants management or budget questions:
Barbara Benyard

Topics This Program Addresses

Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment