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Review and Selection Criteria

Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement 

A committee of experts will review your application and evaluate it based on the components of your proposal, which are summarized below. For full details, please review the full Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement and Grant Application Instructions.

Required Components (Maximum 100 Points)

  • Formal Partnerships (5 points): Provide memoranda of understanding from partnership members and letters of support from state offices of public health or health; healthcare coalitions leaders in the state; the State Trauma Advisory Council (or equivalent), and State Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Key Personnel (10 points): Provide curriculum vitae demonstrating that key personnel have the capability and prior experience listed in the Eligibility Information/Special Requirements for the Executive Director (5 points) and the Medical Director (5 points).
  • Contractual Organizations (2 points): Provide additional information about any contractual organization(s) that will have a significant role(s) in implementing the project and achieving project goals.
  • Organizational Capability and Prior Experience (15 Points): Provide information as it relates to:
    • Demonstrated past performance of coordinating with healthcare organizations and healthcare coalitions across the state;
    • Developing and maintaining a relationship among the required partners listed in Capability 1;
    • Performing the functions required of the Disaster Health Response Networks and described in Capabilities 2-4;
    • Establishing performance metrics as required under Capability 5; and
    • Conducting a statewide or regional (i.e., multistate) level exercise as required under Capability 5.
  • Experience (6 points): Demonstrate capability for ongoing, complex clinical management of patients requiring specialty expertise in (1) chemical, (2) radiation, (3) burn, (4) trauma, (5) high consequence infectious disease, and/or (6) pediatric care.
  • Role and Responsibilities (5 points): Submit a clear delineation of the roles and responsibilities of project staff (e.g., Executive Director, Medical Director, and any program or technical staff), consultants, and partner organizations, and how they will contribute to achieving the project’s objectives and outcomes.
  • Work Plan and Timeline (52 points): Provide work plan and timeline with a clear technical approach for each objective and activity listed in the five capabilities. Up to 4 points may be awarded for Capability 1. Up to 12 points may be awarded for each of the other capabilities.
  • Monitoring and Reporting (5 points): Describe how each of the required objectives, activities, and tasks will be monitored and reported on in the Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan.

Funding Priorities

A funding priority is defined as the favorable adjustment of combined review scores of individually approved applications when they meet specified criteria. The adjustment shall be up to a total of 5 possible points, with points assigned as listed below.

  • Letters of Support: Include additional letters of support from desired partners:
    • VA/DOD facilities (0.5 point each, up to 1 point)
    • State DMAT teams (0.5 point)
    • State Office of Emergency Management (0.5 point)
    • State Children’s Hospital Network (or equivalent) (0.5 point)
    • Radiation Injury Treatment Network centers (0.5 point)
    • Acute Care Hospitals/Medical Centers (0.5 point each, up to 2 points)

Funding Preferences

To receive a funding preference, you must include a statement indicating that you are eligible for a funding preference and identify and request the applicable preference.  Include documentation of this qualification in an appendix attached to the application, which must provide details on the following:

  • Demonstrate Ability to Enhance Healthcare Facility Coordination: Indicate how the partnership will enhance coordination among hospitals and the designated trauma center and between other local healthcare facilities (including clinics, health centers, community health centers, primary care facilities, mental health centers, mobile medical assets, or nursing homes). The partnership must include a significant percentage (greater than 51%) of the hospitals and health care facilities within the geographic area served by such partnership.
  • Incorporate NDMS Facilities: Include facilities participating in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in your partnership. Clearly identify these hospitals as NDMS participating facilities in the application.
  • High Risk Area: Include risk information based on the most recent state Joint Risk Assessment (within 5 years).  
  • Need for Funding: Demonstrate a significant need for funds to achieve the medical preparedness goals described in the the Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement and Grant Application Instructions​. Applications should clearly delineate whether the partnership receives funds from the Hospital Preparedness Program, CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness grants, or other grants, and how these funds will be used to compliment and/or leverage other preparedness funding for partnership activities.

Learn More

For complete details on the review and selection criteria, please see the full Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement and Grant Application Instructions​.​​

  • This page last reviewed: November 13, 2018