National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition


To further achieve its mission, CNCS has a strong belief in the importance of research in order to identify effective strategies for national service and increase the evidence-base for its programs. This means engaging the broader community of academic researchers involved in studying and evaluating national service, volunteerism, and civic infrastructure. The goal of this competition is to increase the nation?s understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of volunteering, national and community service, and/or civic engagement in America. We are seeking applications that build on existing research in the field, address gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the study of national service.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Corporation For National and Community Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Grantees continue to collect/analyze data and make presentations. Each grantee will submit a report for Year 2 and 5 of the 7 who received supplemental funding for a secondary research project will submit 2 papers. Grantees are presenting their preliminary findings in CNCS research webinars for internal staff and the public and will present at the Research Summit. A few are finalizing white papers that they are hoping to publish I journals.
Fiscal Year 2019 All of our 2105 grantees finished their studies and are attempting to publish their work in peer reviewed journals and books. Thirteen 2017 grantees are wrapping up their analysis and are now writing up their findings. All of our 2018 grantees have successfully met their workplan objectives and moving into the second year.
The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended., Public Law 101-610, 42 U.S.C. 12501
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Beneficiary Eligibility
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Please contact CNCS Headquarters for Application and Award Information.
Award Procedure
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
From 60 to 90 days. CNCS does not offer an appeals process.
From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How are proposals selected?
Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
How may assistance be used?
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: CNCS and its award recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all project/grant awards and expenditures.
CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.
Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by CNCS must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.
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
All the cohorts are eligible for up to 3 years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
CNCS maintains regional offices in most States. Refer to the CNCS website for address and contact information:
Headquarters Office
Andrea Robles
250 E St SW
Wahshington , DC 20525 US
Phone: 2026066687
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$1,400,000.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$1,300,000.00; - A third year of funding is being offered to the 2017 cohort and a second year of funding is being offered to the 2018 cohort.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity for matching information.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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