Department of Labor Chief Evaluation Office


A key way that the Department of Labor (DOL) examines the impact of the agencies? programs and policies is by conducting rigorous research and evaluation studies that allow DOL to learn systematically about and improve the effectiveness of programs and services. These grants are designed to increase the capacity of educational institutions and researchers to rigorously examine critical issues in labor and workforce for the benefit of the general public. The purpose of these grants is to increase awareness and build the capacity of the American people to understand critical issues in labor.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Departmental Management, Department of Labor
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Title I, Section Division H, Statute 244,379
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The following organizations are eligible to apply: o Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education o Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions o Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions o Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized) o Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized) o Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization o Private Institution of Higher Education o Hispanic-serving Institution o Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) o Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
Beneficiary Eligibility
The applicant must provide information on the applicant institution's current mission, structure, staffing, and relevant experience. The applicant should describe how these factors contribute to the ability of the institution to conduct the research and meet grant expectations. The applicant shall also identify the grant's key research staff. Curriculum Vitae (CVs) of proposed staff members shall be included as a separate attachment to the application.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
A technical merit review panel will carefully evaluate applications against the selection criteria to determine the merit of applications. These criteria are based on the policy goals, priorities, and emphases set forth in this FOA. Up to 100 points may be awarded to an applicant, depending on the quality of the responses provided. The final scores (which may include the mathematical normalization of review panels) will serve as the primary basis for selection of applications for funding. The panel results are advisory in nature and not binding on the Grant Officer. The Grant Officer reserves the right to make selections based solely on the final scores or to take into consideration other relevant factors when applicable. Such factors may include the geographic distribution of funds and/or other relevant factors. The Grant Officer may consider any information that comes to his/her attention. The government may elect to award the grant(s) with or without discussions with the applicant. Should a grant be awarded without discussions, the award will be based on the applicant's signature on the SF-424, including electronic signature via E-Authentication on , which constitutes a binding offer by the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
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How are proposals selected?
We have instituted procedures for assessing the technical merit of applications to provide for an objective review of applications and to assist you in understanding the standards against which your application will be judged. The evaluation criteria are based on the information required in the application as described in the FOA. Reviewers will award points based on the evaluation criteria described in the rating criteria section of the FOA.
How may assistance be used?
These grants are for researchers and research institutions to undertake research and evaluation on topics related to the labor force and the American worker. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovate and relevant research projects for these grants. The applicant must demonstrate capability to conduct rigorous evaluation methods to conduct research envisioned in the grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: You must submit a quarterly progress report within 45 days after the end of each calendar year quarter. The report must include quarterly information on grant activities, performance goals, and milestones. The last quarterly progress report will serve as the grant’s Final Performance Report. This report must provide both quarterly and cumulative information on the grant activities. It must summarize project activities, employment outcomes and other deliverables, and related results of the project, and must thoroughly document the training or labor market information approaches that you used. We will provide you with formal guidance about the data and other information that is required to be collected and reported on either a regular basis or special request basis.
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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
Depending on the nature of the research, applicants may propose up to a 24- month period of performance. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jessica Lohmann
U.S. Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue NW
Room S2312
Washington, DC 20210 US
Phone: 2026935087
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17$1,968,946.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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