Funding Q&A


Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Providers as Allies in Equity and Care (PAEC) Request for Applications - Closed

GRC will accept questions at Lindsay.Popa@osumc.edu from June 28, 2018 to July 6, 2018, 12:00 PM EST
 

1. Q: Will the questions and answers that everyone submits be posted online?
    A: Yes.

2. Q: Are Co-Principal Investigators allowed?
    A: Yes; Co-principal investigators are allowed.

3. Q: Should we include a description for the PI here or will you rely on item J. PI CV for the PI description?
    A: Please include a brief description of the PI here.

4. Q: The CV is not included in the page count but do you have a page limit for the CV?
    A: There is not a page limit for the CV.

5. Q: Could the PI submit a Biosketch instead of a CV?
    A: A biosketch can be submitted instead of a CV.

6. Q: Also, should the application packet be submitted as a combined PDF document?
    A: Yes, please submit as a combined PDF document.

7. Q: If so, would that include the budget or should the budget remain an Excel spreadsheet?
    A: Please submit the budget as an excel spreadsheet.

8. Q: No budget limit is mentioned for a given application. Is there one?
    A: A total of $7,000,000 in FFP is available to fund all eligible applicants who submit successful proposals for funding.

9. Q: Also, is there a projected number of applications you expect to fund?
    A: One application per eligible institution will be accepted. Applications can include multiple simulations from the same institution.

10. Q: In past MEDTAPP training RFPs there has been a requirement of one response per institution. This RFP doesn’t make such a statement. Does that mean that there can be multiple RFP responses from the same institution?
     A: Please refer to question 9.

11. Q: Are licensed health professionals who are getting advanced training, such as nurses pursuing a PhD or APN degree or an LISW getting an MSW, an allowed target audience for this RFP?
     A: Licensed practicing Medicaid providers are the target audience. As stated on Page 1 of the RFA, "Funded entities will be required to collaborate with other academic medical centers or health sciences colleges and universities in the state, in addition to clinics such as FQHCs, community partners, health professions associations (e.g. OAFP, Ohio AAP) and residency sites."

12. Q: In past MEDTAPP training RFPs the applicant was to be the College of Medicine at the respective institution. This RFP doesn’t make such a statement. Does that mean the RFP response can come from any area within the specified institutions?
     A: ODM does not have objections for applications to come from any area within the institution; however, the application must have a strong connection to current Medicaid providers. While it makes the most sense for a College of Medicine to submit the application for the purpose of connecting to current providers, ODM does not have objections for the applications to come from other areas within an institution as long as the application shows a strong connection to current Medicaid providers.

13. Q: There is a limit of one proposal per institution but can an institution submit a proposal and also be part of another institution(s) proposal as a subcontractor?
     A: An institution can be included in another institution’s proposal as a subcontractor.

14. Q: In past MEDTAPP training RFPs the applicant was to be the College of Medicine at the respective institution. This RFP doesn’t make such a statement. Does that mean the RFP response can come from any area within the specified institutions?
     A: ODM does not have objections to applications coming from any area within the institution; however, the application must have a strong connection to current Medicaid providers. The RFP response should come from that part of the institution that can best accomplish overall project goals.

15. Q: This grant was released with a holiday in the middle of its first full week and with less than three weeks of time to complete a submission. Each institution has people who are critical to writing a grant submission around the July 4th holiday, whether it is vacations taking place this week or next week. To account for the timing of the RFP release can Medicaid and the GRC delay the grant submission date by one week to July 23rd?
     A: We will accept proposals until July 23, 2018 by 12:00 pm (EST). However, this also means a delay in funding to institutions.

16. Q: Since the application due date has been extended to 7/23/18 at 12 pm (EST), will GRC extend the date that questions can be submitted as well?
     A: We are not extending the Q&A period.

17. Q: In the case of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers from an institution creating simulations, does each simulation have to include all of the disciplines?
     A: It is up to the applicant to determine which disciplines are appropriate to include for the type of simulation being created.

18. Q: Are these MEDTAPP funds considered research?
     A: This RFA is considered research because it is systematic use of knowledge directed toward production of useful materials, systems, methods or devices.

19. Q: If an institution submits more than 1 simulation in their budget, will funding decision be “all” or “partial” for the request. For example, could 1 simulation be funded but not a 2nd one?
     A: ODM may decide to fund one or more simulations from a single proposal.

20. Q: For the PAEC project, are you expecting the Virtual Reality Simulation modules to be interactive? If so, what is the lever of interaction do you expect with the simulation modules?
     A: Virtual Reality simulation models can be interactive or non-interactive as long as the goals of the project are met. It is up to the applicant to determine the level of interaction.

21. Q: Do you have examples of training support for PIs and support for training and technical assistance that would be covered? I am not clear if the funds could also be used for tuition coverage for students that would be involved in the development of the simulations.
     A: Training support for PIs could entail professional development, certification, or a conference that pertains to the VR experience or proposed simulation. A justification is required in your budget narrative that explains the reason for funds being used for training support. Funds are not to be used for tuition or stipends for students. Please read the RFA carefully. The purpose of this initiative is to train current Medicaid providers. If a proposal includes funding for students it will automatically be disqualified.

22. Q: For the PAEC project, do you have guidelines for the expected level of Medicaid population that the target residency sites serve?
     A: The expected level of Medicaid population for clinics and/or residency sites should be ≥30%.

23. Q: For the PAEC proposal, do you have font and type size requirements?
     A: Size 12, Times New Roman font.

24. Q: Can PAEC grant funds be used to support medical residents on this project? For example, can grant funds be used to support resident stipends?
     A: PAEC grant funds cannot be used for resident stipends. Residents may be paid as part of the project team.

25. Q: OSU’s approved rate is 56% so if we can follow the same rule as our last GRC submission, we should be able to use the remaining 46% as cost share. Can you confirm this?
     A: Yes; you can use the remaining 46% as cost share. Please also see question 9. GRC is only accepting one application, per institution. 

26. Q: Does the NIH Salary Cap, currently set at $189,600, apply to the PAEC project?
     A: Yes; the NIH salary cap applies to this project.  

27. Q: What is the minimum dollar amount used for classifying individual items as equipment for the PAEC? On many federal awards, an item with a unit cost of $5,000 or more is considered equipment. On the PAEC budget and budget justification, there is an item identified as equipment with a unit cost of $1,500 and a second item listed as equipment with a unit cost of $2,500.  
     A: Equipment purchases need to abide by the federal regulations since these are federal funds.

28. Q: The RFP states that grant dollars cannot pay for continuing medical education units. Does this restriction mean that any training created with grant dollars cannot be offered for continuing medical education credits?  Or are there specific CME costs that grant dollars cannot be used for? If so, what are they?
     A: Medicaid providers receiving training created by these grant dollars may receive CMEs as long as it’s at no cost to the provider. 

29. Q: The RFP requires submitting information on evaluation in two places (D and I). Can you elaborate on what differences there are between the evaluations referred in section D and section I
     A: Item D refers to how individual simulations are evaluated while Item I refers to the overall evaluation plan for the project. 

30. Q: The RFP calls for submitting an Applicant's VR/simulated patient form for each proposed simulation. Do you want an individual budget narrative to accompany each of these forms?  If so, can the overall budget narrative consists of these individual budget narratives and an overall project narrative for costs that transcend individual simulation proposals, such as the costs of the overall project PI and program coordinator's time?
     A: Yes; this proposal requires individual budget narratives for each simulation. ODM needs to see the individual costs for each VR experience/simulation that is being proposed since not all VR experiences/simulations may be funded. There should be one overall budget narrative that details the costs of administering the project as a whole. The budget narrative for each simulation needs to also include personnel specific to that simulation.