The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is pleased to continue our partnership with the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) and RTI International to support screening and education programs for people with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) through the SCID Compass Program. Through this partnership, APHL will provide funding and technical assistance to NBS programs seeking support for implementation and/or enhancement of SCID newborn screening. This opportunity is available to all state NBS programs and NBS stakeholders.


All U.S. and territorial NBS programs and NBS stakeholders are eligible to apply for this funding and are subject to the requirements to be set forth in a contract between APHL and the funded entity.

APHL will providing funding and technical assistance to NBS programs seeking support for implementation and/or enhancement of SCID newborn screening. Activities can include, but are not limited to, acquisition of instrumentation (molecular or next-generation sequencing), updates to existing equipment/materials and assays, multiplexing, technical assistance trainings, study designs and data collection efforts, updates to laboratory information management systems (LIMS), modifications to existing data exchange systems, expansion and strengthening of long-term follow-up and clinical referral networks, and other related activities in support of enhancing or improving your SCID newborn screening capabilities and capacities.  

Anticipated RFP Schedule 

September 15, 2020 - Applications open

October 30, 2020 - Aplications due by 11:59 pm ET to APHL

November 2-12, 2020 - Application review process

November 13, 2020 - Awardees notified

December 1, 2020 - Contracts ratified between APHL and awardees

July 31, 2021 - Project completion date (or sooner)

Any modification to this anticipated schedule will be communicated on the website


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 5:00 pm EST on Friday, October 30, 2020. Applicants must send proposals via email to

APHL will send an email acknowledging the receipt of your application. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within two (2) business days, call 240.485.2767 to confirm receipt.


If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Ruthanne Sheller at or at 240.485.2767. 


*This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2.97 million with 0% percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.