This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Lost Wages Support for Living Organ Donors Demonstration Project. The primary purpose of this project is to assess whether reimbursing lost wages increases individuals’ willingness to become living organ donors. Specifically this demonstration project will study whether and how reimbursement for lost wages affect individuals’ behaviors towards living donation, as indicated by willingness to undergo donor evaluation. Funding for this project will:
(1) Ascertain the effect of providing reimbursement of lost wages on individuals’ decisions to initiate the process of becoming living donors by undergoing donor evaluation; and
(2) Inform HRSA on the most effective and efficient mechanism to provide this support to living donors.
The project scope includes designing, implementing, and evaluating a demonstration project to assess whether reimbursing lost wages increases individuals’ willingness to become living organ donors, by studying the effect of reimbursement of lost wages on individuals’ decision to consider living donation. This award includes funding for the recipient to reimburse eligible prospective living donors, regardless of income, up to $5,000 in lost wages for donor evaluation and surgical procedures. However, if the eligible prospective donor is also eligible for reimbursement under HRSA’s Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses toward Living Organ Donation Program, which funds the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC), then the combined reimbursement amount shall not exceed $8,000. For more information about the NLDAC, visit its website at https://www.livingdonorassistance.org.
Eligible applicants include public and nonprofit private entities. Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.
If the applicant is an Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) member, and/or if the applicant is working with a consortium that includes OPTN members, the applicant and all other OPTN members involved in the project are expected to be in compliance with the HHS final rule governing the operation of the OPTN (42 CFR part 121 or visit http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov).
Foreign entities are not eligible for funding under this notice.
Melanie A. Deal Concepción