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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Strengthening the Nation’s Healthcare and Public Health Preparedness, Response, and Recovery to Disasters and Other Emergencies

Notice of Funding Opportunity

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ASPR will host an informational conference call for all interested applicants on September 9, 2021 at 3:00pm ET. Register online >> 

In response to the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergencies, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is looking for ways to strengthen existing partnerships and engage more stakeholders as we work together to increase health resilience today and prepare for future emergencies. ASPR is focusing on enhancing collaboration with four key stakeholder communities: public health; health care delivery; emergency medical services; and emergency management.

On September 2, 2021, ASPR published a Notice of Funding Opportunity EP-HIT-21-004 inviting applicants to propose initiatives and projects centered on four objectives:

  1. Fostering community health resilience
  2. Advancing a dialogue on national health security and regionalized approaches to strengthen emergency preparedness, response, and recovery
  3. Promoting lessons learned and promising practices from COVID-19 and other emergencies
  4. Providing technical assistance to the four key stakeholder communities

The results of these projects will be used to empower each of the four key stakeholder communities to make more timely, effective, and evidence-based decisions before, during, and after disasters and emergencies. To help enhance partnerships with multiple stakeholder groups and encourage projects that represent many different stakeholder viewpoints, ASPR may award up to seven cooperative agreement(s) under this NOFO for a total of $4 million dollars in the first year. Awards are subject to the availability of funds and the viability of proposals.

Applications are due on September 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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By The Numbers


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Key Stakeholder Communities
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Up to 7

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Up to $20M

This project focuses on
four key stakeholder communities: Public Health, Health Care Delivery, Emergency Medical Services, and Emergency Management
To enhance ASPR's
ability to both strengthen existing partnerships & communities, ASPR many make up to seven awards under this NOFO.
A total of up to $20
million dollars could be made available to
over the course of the five-year cooperative agreement.

  • This page last reviewed: September 07, 2021