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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Funding Opportunity Announcement Overview

Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement 

Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. Mass shootings, mass transit accidents, terrorist attacks and earthquakes typically don’t come with advance warning. Even disasters that we are better able to predict – like hurricanes, floods, or wildfires - can overwhelm healthcare facilities and their workers, risking lives and costing billions of dollars in physical damages and other healthcare-related costs.

As part of its efforts to promote coordinated patient care, ASPR has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) inviting applicants to develop demonstration projects that address healthcare preparedness challenges, establish best practices for improving disaster readiness across the healthcare delivery system, and show the potential effectiveness and viability of a Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS).

The RDHRS is one of ASPR’s four main priorities. The proposed RDHRS would be built on a tiered regional framework that emphasizes the collaboration among local healthcare coalitions, trauma centers, public and private healthcare facilities, and emergency medical services to expand access to specialty care expertise and increase medical surge capacity. 
The goals of the RDHRS are to better coordinate across local, state, regional, and federal healthcare response assets; improve bidirectional communication and situational awareness of the medical needs and issues in response; identify and further develop the highly specialized clinical capabilities critical to unusual hazards or catastrophic events; and increase healthcare sector participation in preparedness efforts.

The FOA focuses specifically on building and maturing the partnerships that are required to coordinate patient and resource movement to support medical response and ensure medical surge capacity at the local, state, and multi-state regional levels.

Applicants are required to propose a structure that is capable of coordinating healthcare assets across the awardee’s state or other states within their multi-state region.

Key Response Capabilities

Applicants must demonstrate the following capabilities in support of a coordinated, statewide and regional emergency response:

Five Capabilities of FOA

Funding Facts

Estimated total funding available

$6 million

Estimated funding per award

Up to $3 million per award, subject to availability

Anticipated number of awards


Project length and duration of support

12 months (one year)

Type of award

Cooperative agreement​


Partnerships that include the following required members are eligible for award:

  • One or more hospitals, at least one of which shall be a designated trauma center;
  • One or more other local healthcare facilities, including clinics, health centers, community health centers, primary care facilities, mental health centers, mobile medical assets, or nursing homes; and
  • One or more political subdivisions; one or more states; or one or more states and one or more political subdivisions.

To find out how your application will be evaluated, please see the review and selection criteria.

Key Dates

Pre-Application Conference Call​

June 22, 2018: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Dial In Number: 800-857-5236.  Passcode 2894826 

Letter of intent due

July 5, 2018: 11:59 PM ET

Technical Assistance Call

July 10, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Full application due

August 15, 2018

Anticipated start date

September 30, 2018

Learn More

To learn more and apply, please see the full Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Announcement and Grant Application Instructions​.


  • This page last reviewed: June 15, 2018