Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project


The 97.120 CFDA was used in FY 2016 for the newly authorized Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstration Project (REMCDP). This grant opportunity was reestablished in FY 2018 to leverage emergency communications infrastructure, improve operational effectiveness, and provide communications training and education to enable improved rural medical services. The Presidential Policy Directive?8 emphasizes national preparedness as a shared responsibility of the whole community, requiring greater involvement across multiple jurisdictions and disciplines. REMCDP aids in meeting that goal by working with a public health or medical facility to examine communications barriers and identify solutions that enhance existing emergency communications infrastructure.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 By the end of Fiscal Year 2016, all BIDP grantees will have completed their grant activities and closed out their grant. An award for the Rural Medical Emergency Communications Demonstration Project will be made. The grant recipient, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), began developing the First Hands Project, a training program designed to use medical education along with communications education and exercises to empower first providers giving medical care in rural communities. Accomplishments included: Began the search to hire staff such as the program manager and field support specialists, started outreach and engagement with public safety groups throughout the state regarding the First Hands training program, designed and developed First Hands Training program content and objectives, procured six vehicles to be located at Mississippi Center for Emergency Services’ operational bases to support First Hands training travel across the state, and evaluated options and solutions for capturing and evaluating participant feedback on the First Hands training program, as well as baseline comparison data on current emergency communications practices.
Fiscal Year 2017 The FY 2016 REMCDP grant continues to be executed. As required, REMCDP reporting requiremnts continue to be submitted each quarter. The program continues to
Fiscal Year 2018 A new award was made.
Fiscal Year 2019 Grant activities for the Rural Medical Emergency Communications Demonstration Project will be reported on and reviewed each quarter. The program will review the grant activities that support emergency responders and medical practitioners so they can communicate in rural, underserved communities.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. L. No. 115-141), Division F, Title III, National Protection and Programs Directorate: " A total of $102,041,000 is provided for Emergency Communications, including $2,000,000 to continue projects supporting the development of the National Emergency Communications Plan.", Title Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section Section 102, Public Law 107-296
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Please refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refer to program guidance for further information.
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What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Refer to program guidance.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
Award Procedure
The REMCDP review process will involve two review phases. First, all applications will be reviewed to confirm eligibility and completeness. Then, a panel of SMEs knowledgeable in emergency communications and interoperability in local communities will review the applications and determine a merit score. The merit review panel may be composed of Federal employees, state and local representatives, and subject matter experts on emergency communications and interoperability. The merit score will be based on the degree to which an application addresses the Application Evaluation Criteria listed in the program guidance.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The BIDP application period has closed and the FY16 REMCDP application period will be opened for a new award.
Refer to program guidance for further information.
Refer to program guidance for further information.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to program guidance.
How may assistance be used?
The improvement of medical communication systems and existing infrastructures, and of rural communities’ ability to access medical services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues that arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Payment based on project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Cyber Security and Communications (CS&C)/Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), NPPD
4200 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201 US
Phone: (703) 235-4025
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$2,000,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Parts 200 and 225
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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