NEW Funding Opportunity!

Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) for Tribal Nations

Application Deadline: February 8, 2023

Funding Description

Tribes and other Tribal public health authorities have faced difficulties in receiving real time infectious disease case reports from outside entities. Such delays affect how quickly a Tribe can respond to outbreaks. Electronic case reporting (eCR) can provide real time data to Tribal public health authorities to ensure a swift investigation process.  

As sovereign governments, Tribal Nations have inherent public health authority (PHA) which bestows upon them the legal authority to receive case reports on conditions of interest to them. Very few Tribes currently implement eCR.  

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is offering a funding opportunity to eligible applicants with public health authority to begin the implementation process of electronic case reporting (eCR) directly to the Tribal public health authority (PHA). 

Apply Today!

To apply for this funding opportunity, submit an application to Sarah Price, Public Health Program Manager, no later than Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Apply for Funding

NIHB anticipates funding two high-quality proposals from Tribes or Tribal organizations for $350,000 each. This project will run from approximately February 2023 to July 2023. This is the second round of eCR funding provided by NIHB, and applicants will join our pilot cohort in implementing eCR.

This RFA is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of financial assistance awards totaling $1,150,000, Improving Electronic Data Access For Reportable Conditions For Tribal Governments, with 100 percent funded by CDC/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.

Pre-Application Webinar (Optional)

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

2:00 PM ET

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What is eCR?

Electronic case reporting (eCR) is a tool that PHAs can use to author according to their needs and interests and receive immediate feedback on reportable conditions and possible outbreaks. eCR is the automated, real-time exchange of case report information between electronic health records (EHRs) and public health agencies. eCRsecurely transfers patient and clinical information from healthcare providers to public health for disease tracking, case management, and contact tracing. Learn more about eCR here.

Who is eligible for the funding?
Applicants must be a federally recognized Tribal government, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortium as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, as amended. Tribal Epidemiology Centers, as Public Health Authorities are also eligible to apply.
What are the funding opportunity objectives?

Objective 1 - PREPARE: Recipient will assess current data management and data storage processes and identify needs and gaps to successfully receive and process eCR data.

Objective 2 - CONNECT: Recipient will establish the systems and processes needed to receive eCR data directly to the Tribal public health authority by establishing an S3 or SFTP connection to the Association of Public Health Labs (APHL) Informatics Messaging Service (AIMS) platform.

Objective 3 - AUTHOR: Recipients will establish a set of criteria, or rules, in the CSTE Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) that will be used by Association of Public Health Laboratories Informatics Messaging Services (AIMS) to send the designated eCR data of Tribal citizens directly to the Tribal public health authority.

Objective 4 - COORDINATION and PARTNERSHIP: Recipients will establish the necessary internal processes to ensure timely and successful project implementation.


Contact Sarah Price, Public Health Policy and Programs Manager at or (202) 507-4078

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