Program Description

The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) provides grants to eligible entities to carry out individual cancer screening, medical referrals, public information dissemination, and facilitation of Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) claim documentation. Congress established RECA to compensate individuals diagnosed with specific cancers and chronic diseases that may have resulted from employment in the uranium mining, milling, and ore transportation industry between 1942 and 1971. Between 1945 and 1962, the United States conducted a series of aboveground nuclear arms tests in which people were exposed to radiation. Congress found that activities related to the development of nuclear weapons generated excess cancers and respiratory diseases and that restitution was appropriate.

General Program Requirements

Only the organizations located in the high-impact States cited in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (42 U.S.C. 2210 and Public Law 106 245); i.e., Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming are eligible to apply. Entities include: National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers; Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and medical centers; Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, and medical centers; agencies of State and local governments; certain IHS programs and non-profit organizations.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

For more information on the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education program use the following link to learn about application deadlines and how to apply.

Program Contact Information

Jennifer Burges
Public Health Analyst
jburges@hrsa.gov
(301) 945-3985

Additional Information

Length of ProgramUntil 2022
Tribes Funded by this ProgramDue to the nature of our program, all 8 RESEP centers provide services to American Indian populations.
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)From 2011-2014 approximately 45,649 individuals were reached with program education and/or services.
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.257
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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