Programs and Initiatives in Communities – Poison Control Response System

Programs & Initiatives in Communities

Minnesota Poison Control System

Grant Request for Proposal

The Minnesota Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Section has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to operate a poison control system in Minnesota, which will serve the needs of citizens of the state for prompt identification and appropriate home management of cases of human poisoning.

Interested applicants should review the following RFP for funding details and applications requirements: Minnesota Poison Control System Request for Proposals (PDF).


Funding and project dates

MDH is seeking proposals for the grant period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023 for three program components: call response, professional education, and public awareness. The department will award all components to one applicant.
It is anticipated that up to $2,379,000 will be available for each year of the grant period.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include for-profit and nonprofit entities and units of government. The commissioner will select the applicant that best fulfills the specified criteria.
Collaboration with other providers and / or units of government is encouraged but not required.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted by email to In the subject line of the email, include this phrase: Poison Control System RFP Question. The applicant may also submit questions by phone to 651-201-5447.

All answers will be posted within two business days. Questions and answers will be posted on this webpage, below.

Answers will be available two business days after the question submission deadline.

Please submit questions no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on October 26, 2018.

To ensure the proper and fair evaluation of all applications, other communications regarding this RFP including verbal, telephone, written or internet initiated by or on behalf of any applicant to any employee of the Department, other than questions submitted to as outlined above, are prohibited. Any violation of this prohibition may result in the disqualification of the applicant.

Program details

Priorities and Eligibility

It is the policy of the State of Minnesota to ensure fairness, precision, equity and consistency in competitive grant awards. This includes implementing diversity and inclusion in grant-making. The Policy on Rating Criteria for Competitive Grant Review establishes the expectation that grant programs intentionally identify how the grant serves diverse populations, especially populations experiencing inequities and/or disparities.

Essential components include:

  • Call Response;
  • Professional Education;
  • Public Awareness;
  • Provide Data;
  • Reporting, and;
  • Budget.

This grant will serve the entire public and all health professionals in Minnesota.

The objective of the poison control system is to reduce poison-related morbidity, mortality, and hospital admissions for the entire population. In particular, the poison control system is expected to reduce emergency room and physician office treatment for minor poison cases and to produce corresponding increases in home management of poisoning under poison control system direction. Additionally, the poison control system is expected to increase public awareness of common toxic substances, especially as they relate to young children.

The successful applicant must be currently accredited by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Grant Management and Provisions

Each grantee must formally enter into a grant agreement. The grant agreement will address the conditions of the award, including implementation for the project. Once the grant agreement is signed, the grantee is expected to read and comply with all conditions of the grant agreement.

No work on grant activities can begin until a fully executed grant agreement is in place.

Conflicts of Interest
MDH will take steps to prevent individual and organizational conflicts of interest, both in reference to applicants and reviewers per Minn. Stat.§16B.98 and Conflict of Interest Policy for State Grant-Making.

Applicants must provide a list of all entities with which it has relationships that create, or appear to create, a conflict of interest with the work contemplated by this RFP.

Review and Selection Process

Review Process

Funding recommendations will be made using a competitive process with review by a committee comprised of external and internal reviewers. The review committee will evaluate all eligible and complete applications received by the deadline.


MDH will notify all applicants in writing (email and hardcopy) of the award and denial decisions no later than November 30, 2018.

Application and Submission instructions

Application deadline

The Application deadline is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Please see additional instructions below for hard copy vs. electronic submission. Late applications will not be accepted.

Application and Submission instructions

All hard copy applications must be received by MDH no later than 4:30 p.m. Central Time, on October 31, 2018, at the MDH Golden Rule Building reception office (Suite 220), whether mailed or sent via courier. Applications submitted electronically must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
Mark Kinde
Minnesota Department of Health
PO Box 64882
Saint Paul, MN 55164-0882

For complete application instructions and additional information, see the Poison Control System RFP (PDF).

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