Program Summary

Program Summary

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



The applicant should include a description of proposed efforts to engage stakeholders such as transplant centers, dialysis centers, patients on the transplant waitlist and organizations working on behalf of individuals in need of a transplant. The applicant should also include strategies to work closely with the NLDAC in order to use and disburse available resources, in adherence with combined maximum limits, to support the purpose of this project.

Information Technology Security Requirements

The recipient may need to collect and store personal information from both the transplant recipient and living organ donor to assess the living organ donor eligibility, therefore will be required to maintain the confidentiality of personal information collected and stored under this project. Applications should include a description of the system to protect the confidentiality of data collected and stored under this project. HRSA also requires that any website developed to support this project be compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, available online at



Financial System Integrity

The applicant must propose a financial system that meets these objectives:

• Account for all funds approved and disbursed;

• Provide funds in a timely manner to approved living donor applicants;

• Assure funds are used for the authorized purpose; and

• Maintain transaction records for third party audits.

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
October 8, 2018
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
November 27, 2018

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact RDS at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.