Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Research Programs

 

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (Home Visiting) Research Programs are designed to: increase knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of voluntary home visiting programs, using random assignment designs to the maximum extent feasible. Research relating to maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting services will be conducted to advancing knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs designed to improve life outcomes among mothers, infants, young children, and families who reside in at risk communities. Research and evaluation activities include consultation with independent researchers, State officials, and developers and providers of home visiting programs on topics such as research design and administrative data matching. The Home Visiting Research Programs include the Home Visiting Research Program and the Home Visiting Research Network.

The Home Visiting Technical Assistance Programs provide technical assistance to Home Visiting grantees in administering programs or activities conducted in whole or in part with grant funds. This includes corrective action technical assistance for Home Visiting grantees that fail to demonstrate improvement in at least four of the six benchmark areas after three years of implementation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.615
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Health Resources and Services Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Developed the Home Visiting Research Agenda to guide future research in the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs; supported four emerging researchers in the field of home visiting; published one peer-reviewed journal article and presented six conference papers. Fiscal Year 2015: Supported five home visiting research collaborative studies; convened the first ever home visiting research network national meeting to present current research and foster an environment of collaboration among home visiting researchers; successfully leveraged the cooperative agreement to secure additional funding from external sources to meet the aims of the project. Fiscal Year 2016: Secure additional external funding to support emerging home visiting researchers; convene the second annual home visiting research network national meeting; support an additional 5 research collaborative studies to further the evidence-base of home visiting programs.
Authorization
Social Security Act, Title V, §511(c)(4), (d)(1)(B)(iii), and (h)(3), (42 U.S.C. 711(c)(4), (d)(1)(B)(iii), and (h)(3)), as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, §2951 (P.L. 111-148).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3(a), any public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b) is eligible to apply for MIECHV Technical Assistance grants and cooperative agreements.

As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3(b), only public or nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research or in programs relating to maternal and child health and/or services for children with special health care needs may apply for grants, contracts or cooperative agreements for research in maternal and child health services or in services for children with special health care needs. Entities directly involved in the operation of home visiting programs are not eligible to apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Funded research should benefit MIECHV grantees by increasing knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs.
Credentials/Documentation
Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by an electronic Notice of Award.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Contact the Headquarters or Regional Office as appropriate for application deadlines or view the specific funding opportunity announcement.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
All competitive applications will be reviewed internally by grants management officials (business and financial review) and program staff (technical review) for eligibility, completeness, accuracy, and compliance with the requirements outlined in the funding announcement. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an independent objective review committee for review and rating based on the program elements and review criteria presented in the funding opportunity announcement. Based on the advice of the independent objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.
How may assistance be used?
Home Visiting Research (Project Grants): Assistance can potentially be used to conduct applied research relating to maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting services which show promise of advancing knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs designed to improve life outcomes among mothers, infants, young children, and families who reside in at risk communities. Research and evaluation activities include consultation with independent researchers, State officials, and developers and providers of home visiting programs on topics including research design and administrative data matching. Funds are to be used for research and evaluation activities.

Home Visiting Research Network (Cooperative Agreement): Assistance can be used to:
• Support a network of home visiting researchers, practitioners, and other key stakeholder to lead collaborative efforts designed to improve the implementation and effectiveness of maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs through: (a) research on the components of effective interventions, and (b) research targeted to improving the delivery of home visiting services; these partners will utilize the national research agenda to actively guide the Network’s implementation of research studies through both MCHB and external funding sources;
• Advance the methods of studying the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs;
• Develop approaches to data sharing that will expedite the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures;
• Disseminate critical information and foster continued education activities on its research findings to inform researchers, professionals, policy makers, other stakeholders in the home visiting field, and the public;
• Provide a research environment that is supportive of advancing home visiting research through: facilitating mentoring relationships between faculty members and emerging researchers; and encouraging active communication, networking, and collaboration among researchers

• Home Visiting Technical Assistance (Project Grants and Cooperative Agreements): Assistance may be used to provide technical assistance to Home Visiting grantees in administering programs or activities conducted in whole or in part with grant funds to improve outcomes for families participating in Home Visiting programs. Projects would ensure that programs adhere to models grounded in empirically-based knowledge related to home visiting that employ well-trained and competent staff. Projects may include corrective action technical assistance for Home Visiting grantees that fail to demonstrate improvement in at least four of the six benchmark areas after three years of implementation. Projects would support improvements in prenatal, maternal, and newborn health, including improved pregnancy outcomes; improvements in child health and development, including the prevention of child injuries and maltreatment and improvements in cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical developmental indicators; improved parenting skills; improved school readiness and child academic achievement; reductions in crime or domestic violence,; improvements in family economic self-sufficiency; and improvements in the coordination of referrals for, and the provision of, other community resources and supports for eligible families, consistent with State child welfare agency training. 2. Restrictions: Not more than 10 percent may be used for administering the award. 2. Restrictions: Not more than 10 percent may be used for administering the award.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. The awardee will be required to submit performance and progress reports as well as status-federal financial reports (see the program announcement and notice of award for details for each required report). The awardee must submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System within 30 days of the end of each calendar quarter. A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) according to the following schedule: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/manage/technicalassistance/federalfinancialreport/ffrschedule.pdf. A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends. If applicable, the awardee must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends. New awards (“Type 1”) issued under this funding opportunity announcement are subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110–252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170. Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient’s and subrecipient’s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (FFATA details are available online at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/ffata.html). Competing continuation awardees, etc. may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Maintenance of Effort:
Per Social Security Act, Title V, §511(f), Funds provided to an eligible entity shall supplement, and not supplant, funds from other sources for early childhood home visitation programs or initiatives.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Approved projects are awarded a project period of up to three years pending satisfactory awardee performance, the availability of appropriated funds, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government. Funds awarded to an eligible entity for a fiscal year remain available for expenditure through the end of the second succeeding fiscal year after award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Program Contact: Kyle Peplinski, MA
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 12-85
Rockville, MD 20857
Email: kpeplinski@hrsa.gov
Phone: (301) 443-7758.
Headquarters Office
Kyle Peplinski, MA 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 12-85, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: kpeplinski@hrsa.gov Phone: (301) 443-7758
Website Address
http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-0321-0-1-551.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Home Visiting TA (Cooperative Agreements). (Project Grants) FY 14 $885,730; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - Home Visiting Research (Project Grants). (Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $299,972; FY 15 est $299,000; and FY 16 est $300,000 - Home Visiting Research Network (Cooperative Agreement.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Home Visiting Research: Awards of up to $300,000 per year.

Home Visiting TA: Awards of up to $750,000 total costs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.