Pediatric Disaster Care Center of Excellence

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

Children represent 25 percent of the U.S. population and face specialized medical issues due to their unique developmental and physiologic characteristics. Pediatric care requires specialized equipment, supplies, and pharmaceuticals. While specialized pediatric hospitals provide excellent care for children on a day-to-day basis, special consideration needs to be given to providing pediatric care during public health emergencies and disasters, such as mass casualty incidents. Though much progress has been made in this area, significant gaps in pediatric disaster readiness remain. These gaps are most evident in highly specialized areas such as trauma emerging infectious disease (EID), exposures to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, and behavioral health.

ASPR envisions that this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is part and parcel to a multiyear plan to address pediatric disaster care needs as ASPR aims to address known gaps in pediatric disaster care of all pediatric patient populations by augmenting the existing clinical capabilities within states and across multi-state regions.  Future elements of the vision would include field equipment, mobile medical facilities, telemedicine, and training and education.

Through this FOA, ASPR will support the creation of one Pediatric Disaster Care Center of Excellence (PCOE). The PCOE will build upon the existing foundations for pediatric clinical care (e.g. existing PCOEs, pediatric hospitals, state Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) programs, etc.) and emergency response (e.g. healthcare coalitions, etc.) by enhancing coordination mechanisms and incorporating relevant capabilities at the local, state and regional levels. The PCOEs are intended to define the delivery of pediatric clinical care when existing referral patterns and health care delivery capacity and capabilities are compromised by catastrophic events. The PCOEs will enable the rapid sharing of assets and expertise throughout the state and region and ensure that a well-trained cohort of highly specialized pediatric clinical care providers are available for onsite care and remote consultation. The needs of all pediatric patient populations, including children with special health care needs, and their parents and caregivers will be considered.

This FOA funds demonstration projects that will help identify issues, develop best practices, and demonstrate the potential effectiveness and viability of this concept. PCOEs will be expected to develop and/or improve their capability and capacity to provide highly specialized care to pediatric patients within and outside their own region through the pursuit of the objectives of this announcement. To be maximally successful in the project period, recipients should have existing pediatric preparedness capabilities and the capacity to manage pediatric patients within their own state and within a self-defined multi-state region during a disaster.  


Deadline: Aug. 26, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are limited to one or more public or private hospitals and/or corporate health systems. For the purposes of this FOA, a corporate health system is defined as an organized, coordinated, and collaborative network that (1) links various health care providers, via common ownership or contract, across three domains of integration – economic, noneconomic, and clinical – to provide a coordinated, vertical continuum of services to a particular patient population or community, and (2) is accountable both clinically and fiscally for the clinical outcomes and health status of the population or community served, and has systems in place to manage and improve them.



Amount Description

 Estimated Funding Amount:               up to $3 million dollars per award, subject to availability of funds

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 26, 2022