Early Doctoral Student Research Grants


To enable pre-candidacy doctoral students enrolled at institutions of higher eduction accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Eduction to cultivate their research skills through the preparation of research manuscripts that focus on policy-relevant housing and urban development issues.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 10/11/2010 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Policy Development and Research
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Title V of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants are accredited institutions of higher education recognized by the Department of Education that sponsor doctoral students who are currently enrolled and matriculating and who are in pre-candidacy in an accredited doctoral program. However, the sponsored doctoral student is responsible for the completion of the application (with the assistance of the institution).
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries are doctoral students.
Doctoral students must meet the following requirements: (1) Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited doctoral program; (2) Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national (such as a person born in Swains Island or American Samoa) with the meaning of 8 U.S.C. 1408 or be a lawful permanent resident (recipient of an Alien Registration Recipient Card-Form I-551, commonly referred to as a Green Card) or other qualified alien (such as an alien who has been granted asylum or refugee status) within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. 1651 (b); (3) Have a major or concentration within a field related to housing and urban development (4) Have not taken the preliminary/comprehensive examinations (5) Completed at least two semesters or three terms of their doctoral studies program (depending on the course structure of the institution); and (6) Have an assigned faculty advisor to supervise the research manuscript. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
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
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application requirements will appear in a Federal Register Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and online at Grants.gov. This is a competitive process.
Award Procedure
Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and ranked, and awards will be made to the highest-ranking applications. If a doctoral student turns down the award offered, HUD will make an offer to the next highest-ranking application.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
No funding is available this year under this program to award grants.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
A competitive process is used in selecting grants. Criteria will be published in the annual NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Costs incurred in the timely completion of a research manuscript including stipends, computer software, the purchase of data, travel expenses to collect data, transcription services, and compensation for interviews. Grants cannot be used for tuition, computer hardware, or meals. Indirect cost and honorariums cannot be charged under this program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
All grant recipients are required to submit a progress report and Program Logic Model halfway through the grant period. At the end of the grant performance period, the doctoral student must submit to HUD two copies and a CD-Rom containing an electronic copy of the manuscript, as well as final Logic Model. Cash reports are not applicable. The narrative portion of the progress report must reflect the activities undertaken during the reporting period. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
No audits are required for this program.
The institution must maintain information on grant disbursement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
HUD makes grant available for a performance period of one year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Sandra Susan Brunson, 451 7th Street, Room 8226, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Susan.S.Brunson@hud.gov Phone: (202) 402-3852 Fax: (202) 708-0309.
Website Address
http://www.oup.org and www.hud.gov.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 08 $100,000; FY 09 est $0; FY 10 est $150,000 - In FY 2009 no funding is available for awarding grants under this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$15,000 a grant for a maximum one year performance period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Applicants will respond to competitive requirements contained in the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register and available on Grants.gov. More information about previously awarded grants is provided at www.oup.org.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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