Policy Research and Evaluation Grants


The goals of this listing are to improve the effectiveness of public policies that reduce poverty, inequality, and their consequences, promote economic mobility and equity, and further develop knowledge of the structural causes of poverty, inequality, and economic insecurity. To that end, the National Research Center on Poverty and Economic Mobility will: (1) develop a fellowship program that will place researchers on site at HHS to work with federal policy, research, and/or program offices, (2) administer a grant program that will make multiple awards to policy researchers to conduct research and analysis to answer high-priority questions related to equity, inclusion, diversity, and access in economic mobility and human services policy and programs, and (3) collaborate with HHS to disseminate actionable findings which are relevant to primarily federal policy and research communities through co-hosted events.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
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.
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. 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.
Not applicable.
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 funding opportunity announcement posted to grants.gov 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?
Performance Reports: Program Official reviews quarterly and annual reports to ensure adequate performance
Not applicable.
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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 25%. Requires a minimum 25% non-federal match

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. on demand
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Alec Vandenberg
200 Independence Ave SW
Washington DC, DC 20201 USA
Phone: (202) 934-4221
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 20$1,865,000.00; FY 21 est $1,865,000.00; FY 22 est $2,615,000.00; FY 19$1,565,000.00; FY 18$16,500,000.00; FY 16 est $1,900,000.00; FY 17 est $2,050,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The maximum amount of award is $2.615 million for the first year in FY22.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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