Research and Evaluation Program


The Research and Evaluation Program of the Economic Development Administration (EDA) supports rigorous, practitioner accessible research of leading, world class economic development practice that advances our understanding of economic development. Current funding priorities include proposals that enhance regional competitiveness by focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation strategies. By working in conjunction with its research partners, EDA helps states, local governments, and community-based organizations to achieve their highest economic potential.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Commerce
Office: Economic Development Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (PWEDA) (42 U.S.C. § 3121 et seq.).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
In accordance with PWEDA, eligible applicants for and recipients of EDA investment assistance include a(n): (a) District Organization (as defined in 13 CFR § 304.2); (b) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (c) State, a city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (d) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (e) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. See section 3 of PWEDA (42 U.S.C. 3122) and 13 CFR § 300.3. For-profit, private-sector entities do not qualify for investment assistance under this program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable. Research and Evaluation investments are designed to finance projects for research into techniques that promote competitiveness and innovation in urban and rural regions throughout the United States.
Researcher qualifications are considered in the application review process. Applicants must have demonstrated expertise in the proposed area of study. 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 required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants should submit applications in accordance with the requirements of 13 C.F.R. part 306 and the applicable federal funding opportunity (FFO) announcement. EDA Headquarters can provide assistance in connection with proposed Research and Evaluation projects. Costs will be determined in accordance with applicable federal cost principles and uniform administrative requirements.
Award Procedure
The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (Assistant Secretary), or other designated individual, is the selecting official for Research and Evaluation projects. EDA will award investment assistance in accord with the procedures set forth in the applicable FFO.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Generally, two months are required for EDA to reach a final decision after receipt of a completed application that meets all requirements.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
EDA will review all Research and Evaluation applications for the feasibility of the budget presented and conformance with EDA statutory, regulatory requirements, and those enumerated in the applicable federal funding opportunity (FFO). Applications must meet EDA's investment policy guidelines as set forth in 13 C.F.R. § 301.8, the requirements of 13 C.F.R. part 306, as applicable, and other requirements as provided in the applicable FFO.
How may assistance be used?
The Research and Evaluation Program funds research, including evaluative research, and national technical assistance projects to promote competitiveness and innovation in urban and rural regions throughout the United States.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Grantees are required to provide project progress andfinancial reports , generally on a quarterly basis, in accord with the applicable terms and conditions of the award. EDA requires the submission of the SF-425 Federal Financial Report. EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub-recipients must be maintained pursuant to the terms of investment award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 13, Chapter 3, Part 306, Subpart A, Public Law 108-373.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. All matching shares must be allowable based on cost principles applicable to award.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of time of a project period varies, but is generally one to two years. Grant funds are disbursed as required and justified. See 13 CF.R. § 306.3. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are released by reimbursement based on project expenses.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for EDA regional office contact information.
Headquarters Office
John Cobb 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 71030, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: Phone: 202-482-0951
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $15,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Generally awards range between $100K and $400K.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
13 CFR parts 300-302, 306.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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