Collecting Violent Death Information Using the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)

Violence is a major public health problem.

Over 64,000 people died violently in the U. S. in 201 6. These violent deaths included 44,965 suicides and 19,362 homicides.

Violent deaths have been estimated to cost more than $77 billion in medical care and lost productivity in the U. S. Violence


is preventable.

Interventions, strategies, and policies are increasingly available that stop violence before it happens.

Preventing violence is a critical public health goal because violence inflicts a substantial toll on individuals, families, and communities throughout the US.

In order to prevent violence, we must first know the facts about violent deaths.

This NOFO builds on previous and current work within the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct surveillance of violence and to prevent violence.

In 2002, CDC began implementing the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS, OMB No.


NVDRS is a state-based surveillance system that uses CDC guidelines and a CDC web-based data entry system to link data from Death Certificate (DC), Coroner/Medical Examiner (CME) reports including toxicology, and Law Enforcement (LE) reports to assist each participating state, territory, or district in designing and implementing tailored prevention and intervention efforts (See

As a state-based system, successful applicants collect and analyze data for their target area while CDC provides guidance to ensure the data are collected in a standardized manner and supplies access to a web-based data entry system.

All successful applicants share their de-identified data with CDC.

CDC combines successful applicant data into a multi-state database that informs national stakeholders.

NVDRS summary data from 2003 to 2016 are available at:
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Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Office: Centers for Disease Control - NCIPC

Estimated Funding: $29,235,060

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Eligible applicants include: U. S. state governments or their bona fide agents; U. S. territorial governments or their bona fide agents; and political subdivisions of states, which includes local governments such as counties, cities, townships, and special districts or their bona fide agents.

If applying as a bona fide agent of a state, territory, or local government, a legal binding agreement from the state, territory, or local government as documentation of the status is required.

States or their bona fide agents who are currently funded under CDC-RFA-CE16-1607 or CDC-RFA-CE18-1804 are NOT eligible to apply under this NOFO.

This program is authorized under sections 392(a)(1) of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (42 USC § 280b-0(a)(1)).

Applicants must provide evidence of their ability to collect data from all three required data sources (DCs, C/ME reports including toxicology reports, and LE reports).

The following documents are required to be included as part of the application: LOS from the state agency or department in charge of statewide death certificates.

LOS from LE agencies in a minimum of three counties within the applicant’s state or jurisdiction.

LOS from C/MEs in a minimum of three counties within the applicant’s state or jurisdiction.

Applicants must upload the LOS as PDF files under “Other Attachment Forms” and name the file “Letters of Support”.

If any of the above required documents are missing, CDC will view the application non-responsive.

Non-responsive applications will not advance for further review.

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