December 22, 2021

VUMC Limited Submission Opportunity: HRSA Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity; deadline is Jan. 13

These instructions are for VUMC investigators. VU investigators should apply through InfoReady and address any questions to

Applications due Jan. 13, 2022


VUMC may submit one application to the HRSA Enhancing Systems of Care for Children with Medical Complexity (Coordinating Center) program. The purpose of this program is to optimize the health, quality of life, and well-being for children with medical complexity (CMC) and their families. For purposes of this program, children with medical complexity are characterized as children having family-identified service needs, severe chronic clinical conditions, functional limitations, and high utilization of health resources.

The program will fund up to five demonstration projects (HRSA-22-098) to implement and evaluate evidence-informed, patient/family-centered models of care delivery, and a coordinating center (HRSA-22-088) to support the demonstration projects in meeting their program objectives, developing and disseminating resources, and providing leadership in the field. Please note: This call is for Coordinating Center (HRSA-22-088) applications only. Find a separate call for Demonstration Project (HRSA-22-098) applications at Applicants may apply to both opportunities.

Coordinating Center Roles and Responsibilities:

The coordinating center will work with the demonstration project (HRSA-22-098) teams to collect data to measure and evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the different models of care, assist with national spread and sustainability of the promising models, and provide national leadership through training, technical assistance, and education to the demonstration project recipients and other CMC stakeholders on CMC issues. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following.

Training and technical assistance:

  • Convene learning collaboratives for HRSA-22-098 recipients throughout the period of performance to provide peer-to-peer learning opportunities for sharing project challenges and innovations.
  • Assist HRSA-22-098 recipients with the development, implementation, evaluation, and replicability/scalability of their models of care.
  • Assist HRSA-22-098 recipients in developing CMC families/caregivers as leaders in the CMC system of care.
  • Assist HRSA-22-098 recipients with the collection of data to measure and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of their demonstration project.
  • Identify and disseminate successful innovations across HRSA-22-098 recipients and to other CMC stakeholders.
  • Conduct an inventory of evidence-informed strategies to address disparities and health equity challenges CMC and their families face when accessing necessary services. Provide guidance to the HRSA-22-098 recipients to address the challenges identified for their specific CMC target populations to access services in their current system of care (e.g., home care, behavioral health, respite care).

Partnerships and collaboration:

  • Within 3 months of the project start date, identify and convene an advisory committee.
  • Convene the advisory committee on a regular basis throughout the project to provide guidance to the coordinating center and demonstration project recipients on project activities.
  • Build partnerships and collaborations among HRSA-22-098 recipients and with other key CMC stakeholders.


  • Assist HRSA-22-098 recipients with the development and evaluation of additional measures specific to each demonstration project.
  • Evaluate the progress of the HRSA-22-098 recipients in meeting the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Evaluate the progress of the coordinating center in meeting the goals and objectives of the program.

See the full list of Coordinating Center roles, responsibilities, and program expectations in the NOFO.

Award Information:

HRSA anticipates funding one award of up to $700,000 total costs per year for 5 years (performance period: August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2027.)

Internal Application Process:

Anyone interested in being considered to submit VUMC’s proposal must submit the following (in a single PDF) to by 5 p.m. on Jan. 13:

  • Brief project description including summary budget (2 pages max).
  • Letter of support from department chair/center director;
  • NIH Biosketch or 5-page CV

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to