APHL is a non-profit membership organization that works to safeguard the public's health by strengthening laboratory systems in the United States and globally. APHL is organized under the laws of the District of Columbia, with its headquarters office in Silver Spring, MD. APHL's members include state and local laboratories, state environmental and agricultural laboratories, and other governmental laboratories that conduct public health testing. APHL is recognized as tax exempt in the United States under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Its work on behalf of public health laboratories spans more than 60 years.

APHL, with funding support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to offer funds to 2-5 state, local or territorial laboratories to initiate or sustain High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) projects in the selected applicant's jurisdiction.


HRMS is a valuable non-targeted and qualitative analysis tool that laboratories can use to detect emerging and unknown chemical threats and ultimately improve response readiness. APHL, alongside our partners at the CDC Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) Program, recognize that investment in HRMS capability and capacity strengthens the national environmental health laboratory network. This funding opportunity provides resources to member laboratories and the LRN-C network to advance HRMS analysis through direct procurement or sub-awards.


State, local, or territorial laboratories part of the CDC Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) are eligible to submit proposals. Interested parties must submit a proposal to APHL that provides all the information specified in the Proposal Requirements section below. In order to be considered, complete proposals must be submitted no later than the Proposed Due Date specified in the Anticipated RFP Schedule section below. Applicants will find proposal submission information in the Response Submittal section below.

Anticipated RFP Schedule

Applications are to be e-mailed to eh@aphl.org by Friday, February 26, 2021, 5:00PM ET. APHL anticipates the following schedule for the entire competitive bidding process:

January 25, 2021RFP Issued to aphl.org/rfp (APHL Procurement Site)
February 26, 2021Complete proposals due to eh@aphl.org by 5:00PM ET
March 8, 2021 Proposal Review and Follow-Up Completed
March 12, 2021APHL will notify candidate(s) of selection decision
March 12, 2021Selected applicant(s) posted to aphl.org/rfp
March 30, 2021Awards Provided


APHL will communicate any modification to this schedule on www.aphl.org/rfp, APHL's procurement site. 


The Official RFP Document will provide detailed information in regards to this request, please read it on its entirety.

Response Submittal

APHL must receive complete responses by no later than 5:00 pm EST on Friday, February 26, 2021. Applicants must send responses via email to eh@aphl.org with a copy to Nicholas Ancona, Specialist, Opioids Biosurveillance (nicholas.ancona@aphl.org; 240-485-3849).
E-mail subject lines must include: 'HRMSRFP Submission'.

APHL will send an email to each applicant acknowledging the receipt of their application. Any applicant who does not receive an email acknowledgement within 48 hours of the Final Response Deadline should email the RFP points of contact above to confirm receipt.


Please direct all questions regarding this RFP or its requirements to Nicholas Ancona, Specialist, Opioids Biosurveillance (nicholas.ancona@aphl.org; 240-485-3849).


*This project (COAG #NU60OE000103) is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit https://www.aphl.org/rfp