Policy Research and Evaluation Grants


To support research that is relevant to policy development and evaluation of current and proposed programs of interest to the Secretary, the Administration, and the Congress. Priorities include: (1) Issues of long-term care, disability, and personal assistance services, including informal care giving; (2) health care delivery issues including health care financing; (3) welfare reform outcomes and policies affecting children and youth; (4) community development; (5) science policy development; and (6) the reduction of poverty.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Social Security Act, Section 1110, 42 U.S.C. 1310.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance may be provided to State and local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Occasionally, awards are made to for-profit organizations when deemed by the Assistant Secretary to be consistent with the legislative intent and purpose of the program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federal, State and local governments will benefit. (Note: Projects do not provide any direct assistance to individuals.
Nonprofit organizations must provide evidence of tax-exempt status. When projects involve the collaborative efforts of more than one organization or require the use of services or facilities not under the direct control of the applicant, written assurances of specific support or agreements must be submitted by the affected parties. 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. Applications are submitted in response to specific announcements published on Grants.Gov. All applications must be submitted using the Department of Health and Human Services Standard Form 424 and additional forms as specified in the announcement. Each announcement provides specific additional instructions regarding the contents of the narrative description of the project, budget justification, evaluation criteria and other required information.
Award Procedure
All applications are reviewed by an outside expert review panel. Recommendations are made to the Assistant Secretary who makes the final determination of awards and amounts. Official notice of approved application is made through the issuance of a Notice of Grant Award or a Notice of Cooperative Agreement.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Extensions to the project period may be made if deemed appropriate by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and approved by the grants manager.
How are proposals selected?
The rating criteria and the weight attached to each criterion is included in the Federal Register announcement that requests project proposals. The criteria typically include such concerns as the significance and usefulness of the project; the appropriateness of the intervention/measurement methodology and design; the qualifications of personnel and the sponsoring organization; and the likelihood that the work plan and budget will produce the intended results.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may not be used for construction or renovation of buildings. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 74, and 45 CFR 92 as well as OMB Circular No. A-102 (Administrative Guidelines for States and Local Governments), and OMB Circular A-110 (Administrative Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Annual FSR. quarterly and annual reports discribing progress, delays and next steps. No expenditure reports are required. Program Official reviews quarterly and annual reports to ensure adequate performance.
No audits are required for this program.
In accordance with 45 CFR Part 74.53 and 45 CFR Part 92, grantees are to maintain accounting records for a minimum of 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records 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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. Requires a minimum 10% non-federal match.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are generally funded on a 12-month basis. Support beyond the first year is contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: on demand.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Donald T. Oellerich 200 Independence Ave., Room 405F, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: don.oellerich@hhs.gov Phone: 2026908410 Fax: 2026906562
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,895,489; FY 15 est $2,900,000; and FY 16 est $2,400,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
2 awards of $800,000 each; one award of $1,130,506- average award $908,830.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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