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Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP)

Grants to USA IHEs to Improve the Delivery of
Emergency Medical Services in Rural Regions

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Deadline Date:

06/24/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA state and public IHEs to provide training and resources to improve the delivery of emergency medical services in rural regions. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The purpose of funding is to provide innovative solutions to gaps in communication for emergency medical services.

The NECP, recently updated in September 2019, recognizes this evolving landscape with the involvement of new stakeholders and rapid changes in technologies and policies impacting emergency communications. Response agencies are becoming more connected to additional sources of information during emergencies, such as medical personnel, public health professionals, critical infrastructure operators, and private citizens. Collaboration with whole community representatives is key to support a broad set of NECP activities, including rural emergency medical care and other needs (e.g., cybersecurity solutions, patient tracking, alerting systems, and social media guidance).

Program Goal

Through demonstration projects with up to two public and state controlled institutions of higher education, REMCDP’s goal is to examine communications barriers and identify solutions that enhance existing emergency communications infrastructure to improve the delivery of rural medical care and address NECP implementation gaps. REMCDP’s goal aligns with CISA’s mission to support and promote communications capabilities used by emergency responders and government officials to keep America safe, secure, and resilient. In turn, REMCDP supports the 2019 NECP updated goals and objectives.

Program Objectives

The demonstration project must meet the REMCDP Program Objectives. All applicants should clearly state how the following objectives would be addressed in the proposed project:

  • Use of a current statewide emergency communications system to address NECP implementation gaps and deliver rural medical care and services;
  • Development of trainings and exercises to ensure that first responders and personnel can use emergency medical communications systems and equipment effectively;
  • Collaboration with state leaders to address the adoption of broadband communications (e.g., First Responder Network Authority’s public safety broadband network) to supplement current land mobile radio and statewide emergency communications systems;
  • Collaboration with whole community representatives to support a broad set of NECP activities, including rural emergency medical care and other needs (e.g., cybersecurity solutions, patient tracking, alerting and social media guidance);
  • Innovative solutions to ensure that emergency responders and medical practitioners can communicate in various geographies (e.g., rural), operating conditions, and scenarios, as needed and when authorized; and
  • Identify, document, and share lessons learned and best practices of the demonstration project, which in turn could be shared with other stakeholders addressing NECP implementation activities.

Performance metrics for this program are as follows:

  • Number of trainings completed by the grant recipient in support of the program goal identified in the section above
  • Number of exercises completed or participated in using the current statewide emergency communications system to address the identified gap and deliver rural medical care
  • Percentage of participants with an improved understanding and use of the current statewide emergency communications system
  • Percentage of funding allocated by the recipient to planning, training, exercises, and equipment in support of program objectives in the section above

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189816

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 2

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 24 months
Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 09/30/2020
Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/29/2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Public & state controlled institutions of higher education

The entity applying for REMCDP must operate or have access to an existing statewide emergency communications system that is leveraged to address rural health disparities such as mortality rates and cardiovascular diseases. The applicant must also be an emergency communications center (e.g., trauma center). Being a level 1 trauma center is not required.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:

a. Application Start Date: 05/08/2020
b. Application Submission Deadline: 06/24/2020 at 11:59:00 PM EDT
c. Anticipated Funding Selection Date: 09/25/2020
d. Anticipated Award Date: 09/29/2020

Other Key Dates:

- Obtaining DUNS Number 05/12/2020
- Obtaining a valid EIN 05/12/2020
- Updating SAM registration 05/12/2020
- Starting application in 06/09/2020

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM. It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from at:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Elizabeth (Bess) Mitchell
Department of Homeland Security
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
(703) 705-6318

Marsha Mathis
Department of Homeland Security
Grants and Financial Assistance Division
(202) 447-5950

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Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-20-CISA-120-001 / PD-REM-20-001

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