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Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN)

About the Program

Funding Opportunity Number: HRSA-23-073
Dates to Apply: 01/11/2023 to 04/11/2023
Bureau/Office: Maternal & Child Health Bureau
Status: Open
Estimated Award Date: 09/01/2023
This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) program, hereafter referred to as PECARN or “the network.” 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. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) solicits applications for funding for the seven research nodes described below that will comprise the network. The network will work in conjunction with the EMSC Data Center (EDC), which is funded through a separate HRSA cooperative agreement (HRSA-022-087). 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.[1] 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. Six (6) Research Nodes will be funded at $700,000 each. 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[2] in PECARN. One (1) EMS Research Node will be funded at $700,000. 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. For more details, see Program Requirements and Expectations. [1] The EMS affiliate is located within the catchment area of one of the participating Emergency Departments. [2] The nine PECARN EMS affiliates are the six EMS affiliates who are part of the Category 1 Research Nodes and the three EMS affiliates in the one EMSC Research Node.

Who Can Apply

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. HRSA will make competitive awards under this announcement in accordance with the rank order established by the objective review committee, but if awarding funds to the next ranking applicant would result in a fourth award to any state, HRSA will skip that applicant and make the award to the next eligible applicant, ensuring compliance with this statutory restriction

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