APHL, with funding support from CDC, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) Division of Laboratory Sciences, is pleased to offer funds to LRN-C laboratories (Level 1 or Level 2) to facilitate technology transfer of LRN-C developed methods to LRN-C member laboratories. APHL has a total of $200,000 for this project (Total Funding Amount). One award of approximately $200,000 or two awards of approximately $100,000 each, will be made with the aim of expediting technology transfer for new LRN-C methods and increasing the capacity and capability of LRN-C member laboratories to respond to high threat chemical agents. APHL will award this project to state/local/territorial LRN-C laboratories through an executed agreement with APHL.

APHL seeks applications from LRN-C (level 1 or 2) laboratories to support the technology transfer of LRN-C developed methods. This includes, among other things, the following:

  • Two toxic metals methods using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), including:
    • Toxic Element Screen, including total Arsenic (urine); and
    • Iodine and Mercury (urine).
  • Sulfur mustard metabolites (SBMSE) method (serum) using Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS)

Scope of Work

The selected applicant(s) must complete all training by June 30, 2019. The selected applicants will focus the training on increasing the capacity and capability for LRN-C member laboratories to respond to high threat chemical agents. Applicants must provide detailed timelines and budgets to complete the following activities:

  1. Develop hands-on training curriculum in collaboration with subject matter experts at the Division of Laboratory Sciences, National Center for Environmental Health;
  2. Coordinate multi-laboratory validation studies (including materials and shipping costs);
  3. Perform method refinement (as needed);
  4. Complete hands-on training sessions for at least 4 LRN-C laboratories, or at least 16 participants; and
  5. Submit quarterly updates and a final report at the completion of the project.
    Note: CDC will evaluate the success of the project by conducting training assessments of all participants within 3 months of training completion.

Anticipated Schedule

April 30, 2018 - Applicants must submit complete Application

May 8 , 2018 - Application review ends and awardees will be announced

Request for Proposal Materials

The Request For Proposal (RFP) provides details about this RFP. The RFP contains a copy of the scoring criteria that will be used for evaluation of proposals in Appendix A.

Questions and Answers

Does the awardee have to pay travel expenses for those attending training?

Is the $200,000 equally divided between training for the metals methods and the training for the sulfur mustard metabolite?


if you have any questions contact Brianna Carey, Associate Specialist, Environmental Health at brianna.carey@aphl.org or 240.485.3848 or Jennifer Liebreich, Senior Specialist, Environmental Health at jennifer.liebreich@aphl.org or 240.485.3829