BioWatch Program: 2014-2015

Quick Facts

Due DateSeptember 30, 2015 (Wednesday)
Award Amount$ 178,220 - $ 4,500,000
Category of Funding ActivityDisaster Prevention and Relief
Environment
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants
  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments

Program Description

The BioWatch Program is a cornerstone of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) comprehensive strategy for countering biological terrorism. The BioWatch Program is an early warning system that is designed to detect the intentional release of select aerosolized biological agents. The BioWatch Program's mission is to provide and maintain a continuous bio-terrorism air monitoring system in metropolitan areas and coordinate with state and local public health communities to prepare for and respond to a bioterrorist event. This mission is accomplished by serving as an early warning system which enhances the security of jurisdictions by providing the needed time to execute their comprehensive concept of operations plans to counter biological terrorism. The Biowatch Program is a critical part of an ongoing national effort to build and sustain preparedness which helps the United States to maintain momentum through targeted jurisdictional planning that highlights preventative actions necessary to allow for a proper and timely response and begin the process to recovery from a biological agent release.The BioWatch Evaluation Program (BWEP) will be conducted under the BioWatch Quality Assurance Program effective April 1, 2013. This program will consist of independent external audits (Quality Assurance) by Signature Science and internal audits (Quality Control) by BioWatch Systems Program Office field personnel. This approach will initially be conducted with a focus on adherence to the BioWatch Field Operations Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), Version 1.3 and will eventually evolve to encompass the Field Operations Quality Assurance Program Plan (QAPP). In order to ensure a robust QA / QC program the jurisdictions may be subject to a QA external audit and a QC internal audit during the same cooperative agreement cycle (year).

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberDHS-2014-OHA-BIOWATCH
Funding Opportunity TitleBioWatch Program: 2014-2015
Opportunity CategoryDisaster Prevention and Relief
Environment
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of Awards27
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateFebruary 25, 2014 (Tuesday)
Application Due DateSeptember 30, 2015 (Wednesday)
Application Archive DateOctober 30, 2015 (Friday)
Total Program Funding$ 29,000,000
Award Amount$ 178,220 - $ 4,500,000
CFDA Number
  • 97.091 - Homeland Security Biowatch Program

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Program Information Website-
ContactOffice: Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division
Sean Lilly
Grants Specialist
Phone 202-447-5869
Grants Officer

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