Request for Proposals: NNPHI Project Firstline Organization Partnership

Objective and Background

NNPHI seeks to partner with an organization to support Project Firstline with the review of over 300 trainings collected through an environmental scan. The successful applicant will create a quality standards review process for the trainings collected during the scan, use subject matter expertise to apply the quality standards, and develop a recommendations report aimed at highlighting high quality training that are currently available and the development of new infographics, trainings, web-based apps and other innovative tools.

Project Firstline is a CDC-led, multi-year national training collaborative focused on healthcare infection control (IC) related to coronavirus and other infectious agents that aims to train frontline healthcare personnel in the United States. The project will build an infection control foundation of knowledge and culture of expertise in the healthcare and the public health communities that will help protect patients, healthcare workers and the public. Nine national-level partners, including NNPHI, will help disseminate and deliver CDC-developed IC training, as well as to develop original content. State, local, and territorial health departments that receive Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC) funding will also be involved in this project.

The NNPHI role in Project Firstline is threefold:

  • expand the reach of the project by disseminating IPC training, information, and related resources through its existing network of public health institutes, National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training and 10 public health training centers, public health partners, stakeholders and associates;
  • develop a plan to a pilot an IPC training /curriculum development program with two MPH schools of public health; and
  • conduct an evaluation of the impact and reach of the entire project.

Published: June 16, 2021

Funding Amount: Up to $200,000

Project Period: August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Eligibility: This opportunity is available to members of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), Public Health Training Centers, and consultants/contractors.

Award Mechanism: NNPHI anticipates making a subaward for Project Firstline support founder CFDA 93.421 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement 6 NU38OT000303-02-04.


  • Notice of intent to apply: 5 pm ET on June 30, 2021
  • Proposal and Required Attachments Due: 5 pm ET on Wednesday, July 7, 2021

View the full opportunity here

Funding for this opportunity in the amount of $3.5 million, under Cooperative Agreement number 6 NU38OT000303-02-04, has been provided to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 6 NU38OT000303-02-04). NNPHI is collaborating with the CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion on this project.  Contents of this RFP are solely the responsibility of NNPHI and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC or the US Department of Health & Human Services.

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