New EZ BAA Portal Makes BARDA DRIVe Submissions Easier, Speeds Grant Awards.

The new BARDA DRIVe online portal speeds the awarding of grants to health security innovators.

The BARDA DRIVe team is pleased to announce that the new, easy-to-use EZ BAA online Portal is now live as of April 23, 2019. This Portal will replace the existing PDF-based process, helping to improve the user experience, data integrity, and data security. The system will also streamline internal processes, helping DRIVe‚Äôs program teams continue to make awards in as few as 30 days.

DRIVe encourages all qualified parties to submit EZ BAA abstracts via the Portal. However, during this transition period, the DRIVe team recognizes that some organizations may have begun drafting abstracts using the PDF form. To accommodate those organizations, DRIVe will continue to accept PDF forms sent to DRIVeContracting@hhs.gov until May 8th, 2019. After May 8th all abstract submissions must come via the Portal.

How to use the new DRIVe portal

All of the data requested for abstract submission remains the same as the current process.

  • First, you need to request a Portal Account, which will generally be granted within 1-3 business days.
  • Then you will logon to the Portal and complete the requested information, including the technical and cost components. No attachments will be necessary or allowed.

After submitting the abstract, you will receive an automated email confirmation. DRIVe program managers and subject-matter experts will then review the submission and notify you of the decision. You will be able to simply log back on to the system should you wish to submit additional proposals or resubmit a modified abstract.

BARDA is excited to implement this system for submission of innovative projects to DRIVe. We believe it will significantly improve your submission experience as well as the review process. That said, they know that with any system there can be challenges in transition. Should you experience technical issues, the BARDA helpdesk is available 24/7 by calling 800-334-8571 (x26600). For other comments or concerns, feel free to email the DRIVe Webmaster.

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We’re excited to help accelerate the development of innovations that answer national health security challenges, including sepsis and infectious disease detection and management. Learn more about BARDA DRIVe funding opportunities for medical device, biotech and medtech startups.