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Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement

The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement is a critical source of funding for state, local, and territorial public health departments. Since 2002, the PHEP cooperative agreement has provided assistance to public health departments across the nation. This helps health departments build and strengthen their abilities to effectively respond to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Preparedness activities funded by the PHEP cooperative agreement specifically targeted the development of emergency-ready public health departments that are flexible and adaptable.

In response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, CDC also helped communities through the Public Health Emergency Response grant to increase state and local preparedness and response capacity during the pandemic. The recipients included the 62 PHEP awardees.

Guidance and Technical Assistance

CDC provides annual guidance and technical assistance to assist health departments with their strategic planning to strengthen their public health preparedness capabilities. Technical assistance includes CDC public health expertise, standards for developing priority preparedness capabilities, and expertise for conducting exercises and meeting performance goals. CDC developed the Online Technical Resource and Assistance Center (On-TRAC) to provide state and local public health departments a secure, user-friendly platform for requesting technical assistance. Learn more about On-TRAC.

PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance

2018 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 1 Supplement

Notice of Funding Opportunity CDC-RFA-TP17-17010201SUPP18

2017 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 1

2016 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 5

Funding Opportunity Announcement Continuation Guidance: CDC-RFA-TP12-120105CONT16

2015 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 4

Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-TP12-120102 Continuation Guidance

2014 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 3

Funding Opportunity Announcement CDC-RFA-TP12-120102Continuation Guidance

2013 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 2

2012 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 1

2011 PHEP Cooperative Agreement Guidance/Budget Period 11

Program Announcement AA154 - FY 2010 (Budget Period 10 Extension)

2009 Guidance/Budget Period 10

2008 Guidance/Budget Period 9

2007 Guidance/Budget Period 8

2006 Guidance/Budget Period 7

2005 Guidance/Budget Period 6

2004 Guidance/Budget Period 5

Notice & Documents


PHEP efforts support the National Response Framework (NRF), which guides how the nation responds to all types of hazards including infectious disease outbreaks; natural disasters; biological, chemical, and radiological incidents; and explosions.

There are 62 PHEP cooperative agreement awardees:

  • All 50 states
  • Four major metropolitan areas (Chicago, Los Angeles County, New York City, and Washington, D.C.)
  • Eight U.S. territories and freely associated states (American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau).