The Laboratory Upgrade Component of the TB Cooperative Agreement began in 1992 with the primary purpose of facilitating improvements in TB laboratory performance. A particular sum of money is distributed between 58 public health laboratories based on a predetermined (by CDC) Funding Formula. In the past, that formula was not well understood by most grant recipients. This webpage contains resources aimed at making the application process a bit easier.

The TB Cooperative Agreement Toolkit​ consists​ of a table of performance indicators, a glossary of defined terms, a turnaround time calculator, and a TB Elimination Cooperative Agreement Checklist designed to aid laboratories in the application process.​