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Cooperative Agreements to USA States and Medical Schools for Research to Improve Emergency Medical Care for Children

Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
CFDA Number: 93.127
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-23-073
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Important Dates
Deadline: 04/11/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA states and medical schools for medical research to improve emergency and pre-hospital medical care for children. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to create a research network that will conduct and disseminate rigorous clinical research to advance equitable pediatric emergency care.

The purpose of this demonstration program is to improve pediatric emergency care by supporting the development and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines for hospital emergency department (ED) and prehospital emergency medical services (EMS). This program will achieve this goal by supporting a multi-center research network that will demonstrate how conducting and disseminating rigorous clinical research advances equitable pediatric emergency care.

The PECARN program has two categories of research nodes or “nodes”, each led by a Research Node Center (RNC) which will also be the recipient of funds. You may apply for one award in one of these categories:

  • Category 1 (“Research Nodes”): Each recipient/RNC will lead a Research Node comprised of three (3) Hospital Emergency Department Affiliates (HEDAs) and one co-located EMS affiliate. The RNC is co-located at one of the three HEDAs. Research Nodes will coordinate multi-center prehospital EMS and hospital ED clinical care research.
  • Category 2 (“EMS Research Node”): This recipient/RNC will lead an EMS Research Node comprised of three (3) EMS affiliates. In addition, this RNC will help to coordinate multi-center, prehospital EMS clinical care research that may take place with the nine EMS affiliates in PECARN.

In addition, this notice includes the opportunity to receive additional funding to support activities of the PECARN chairperson. The PECARN chairperson is selected by the network for the purposes of leading the network and liaising with HRSA. The Research Node recipient that supports the selected Chairperson will be awarded an additional $50,000 annually to support the specific activities listed in the Appendix: Additional PECARN Background.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include States and accredited schools of medicine in States. The terms “accredited” and “school of medicine” for the purpose of this funding opportunity (and under 42 U.S.C. 300w-9(c)) have the same meaning as set forth in section 799B(1)(A) and (E) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295p(1)(A) and (E)).

Tribes and tribal organizations are not eligible.

Pursuant to section 1910(a) of the PHS Act, no more than three awards under this authority may be made in a state (i.e., to a state or a school of medicine in such state). HRSA will not provide funds to more than three award recipients within each state in a given fiscal year.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HRSA has scheduled the following webinar:
Day and Date: January 26, 2023 at 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET


Meeting ID: 161 596 7775
Passcode: HRSA2023

Attendees without computer access or computer audio can use the dial-in information below:
Call-In Number: 1-833 568 8864 US Toll-free Meeting ID: 161 596 7775
Passcode: 49809497

HRSA will record the webinar and make it available at:

Pre-Application Information
The application due date under this NOFO is April 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests you submit your application to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

HRSA will release the Notice of Award (NOA) on or around the start date of September 1, 2023.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

Note: Multiple applications from an organization are not allowed. HRSA will only accept and review your last validated electronic submission before the application due date.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Category 1: up to 6; Category 2: up to 1.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $700,000 per award subject to the availability of appropriated funds:
- Category 1: $700,000 per year
- Category 2: $700,000 per year
Additionally, one site selected by the network as the PECARN Chair will receive an additional $50,000.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance: September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2027 (4 years)

Funding beyond the first year is subject to the availability of appropriated funds for the EMSC Program in subsequent fiscal years, satisfactory progress, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government.

Contact Information
You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

Marc Horner Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: (301) 443-4888

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:

Patricia Fanflik, PhD
Health Scientist, Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health Maternal Child
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: (301) 443-2564

For assistance with submitting the application in, contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at: Contact Center
Phone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)

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