Ease 3.0


1. Establish and ensure successful, sustainable, and effective methods to improve voting systems for voters protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA); 2. Increase the percentage of ballots successfully returned by UOCAVA voters to be either equal to, or greater to that of the general population; and 3. Collect and analyze data to increase the effectiveness of absentee voting procedures and systems for voters protected by UOCAVA.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2021 The transition of data from voter registration records to absentee voting status
Fiscal Year 2023 Provided voter registration and absentee ballot application information and forms electronically.
10 USC 2358 Research and Development Projects, 10 USC 1566, 10 USC 1566a, 12642, 42 U.S.C. 1973ff- et sec
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants are encouraged to develop ballot delivery systems or streamlined procedures for the processing of absentee voting materials for voters covered by UOCAVA.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The amount and period of performance of each selected proposal may vary depending on the research area and technical approach pursued by the selected recipient.
Not applicable.
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
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection of proposals based on a scientific, technical, and cost benefit analysis.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. The average time for processing an award is 90 days, but it can take longer depending on the complexity of the award and the number of awards issued.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selection is described in the announcement
How may assistance be used?
Research the effectiveness of online ballot delivery systems as well as other related methods to streamline the absentee voting process for voters covered by UOCAVA.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Data reports provide a written analysis of the quantitative and qualitative data; note trends, changes and usage of the implemented program; and fulfill the requirements set forth in the provided data reporting requirements document.
Not applicable.
Retention and Access Requirements IAW 32 CFR 32.50- 32 CFR 32.53
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
Funds must be dispersed within 60 months of award. Type of payment is based on the financial stability of the recipient.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Heather Hay
4800 Mark Center Drive. Suite 03E25
Alexandria, VA 22350-1300 US
Phone: (571)372-2614
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$770,000.00; FY 23 FY 24 FY 20$656,000.00; FY 21 est $1,000,000.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - (Project Grants) FY 22$10,000,000.00; FY 23 est $10,000,000.00; FY 24 est $10,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Only 1 award per year is made. $656,000 for FY20 and estimated to be $1M for FY21.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 Types of activities that may be funded under the program will be described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement
Fiscal Year 2021 (1)Execute and disseminate research programs and initiatives developed by the Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness including the consideration of interstate compact agreements. (2) Review and evaluate how State and local election officials interact with UOCAVA voters based on those States and local jurisdictions that perform above and below the national average rate of ballot rejections in coordination with Working Group members.
Fiscal Year 2023 Collecting and analyzing data to increase the effectiveness of absentee voting procedures and systems.


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