Social Security Research and Demonstration


(1) To conduct social, economic, and demographic research on topics important to the Social Security Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs and the current and future well-being of their beneficiaries; (2) to develop and carry out experiments and research demonstration projects to determine the efficacy of: (a) alternative ways of rehabilitating beneficiaries and encouraging their return to work; and (b) modifying conditions applicable to such beneficiaries including: (i) early referral for rehabilitation services; and (ii) greater use of employers and others in the rehabilitation and placement process.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Social Security Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Social Security Act of 1935, Title II, Section 1110, Title II and Title XVI, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 401-433, 902, 1310, 1381-1388c, Title II, Section 1110
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants applying for grant funds may include research organizations, associations of research organizations, State and local governments, educational institutions, hospitals, public and private organizations, and nonprofit and profit organizations. Private individuals are not eligible to apply. Profit organizations may apply with the understanding that no grant funds may be paid as profit to grant recipients. Profit is considered any amount in excess of the allowable costs of the grant recipient. A profit organization is a corporation or other legal entity that is organized or operated for the profit or benefit of its shareholders or other owners and must be distinguishable or legally separable from that of an individual acting on his/her own behalf.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State agencies, local governments, educational institutions, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and profit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funding.
Not applicable.
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. SSA prefers that applications be submitted electronically through The, "Getting Started" webpage is available to help explain the registration and application submission process. If applicants experience problems with the steps related to registering to do business with the Federal government or application submission, the first point of contact is the support staff at If difficulties are not resolved, applicants may also contact the SSA Grants Management Team for assistance. Applicants without Internet access should contact the Grants Management Office for further information on applying. Please send inquiries to Also, SSA grant program announcements and application information can be obtained from the SSA/OAG Internet site at: To be considered for a grant award, all applicants must complete the prescribed application forms and submit them to the Grants Management Team. The application shall be executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization and who will assume the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant. As part of the project title, the applicant must clearly indicate whether the application submitted is in response to a priority area identified in a program announcement, and must reference the applicable priority area (e.g., "001") in which it is competing. At least three independent reviewers prepare written assessments of each program-relevant grant application. Applications found irrelevant to program objectives are returned to the applicants.
Award Procedure
OAG provides a Notice of Grant Award (or a Notice of Cooperative Agreement Award) as official notice for approved applications. The notice indicates award amount, the purpose of the award, award terms and conditions, the budget period, the anticipated project period, and the grantee's cost-sharing requirement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, 3 to 6 months after the closing date established in the Federal Register announcement.
There are no formal appeal procedures. If an application is not approved, the reasons will be stipulated in the denial notice.
Grants can be extended and continued via formal application, which is subject to approval. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more budget years, the grantee must submit a formal request for funding continuation each year accompanied by a progress report. This will be evaluated prior to a recommendation of continuation of funding.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are awarded for innovative research and demonstrations which add to existing knowledge and improve methods and techniques for the management, administration, and effectiveness of Social Security Administration (SSA) programs. Grant funds may not be used for construction or major renovation of buildings.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance milestones are reported in the progress report.
Audits are required in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart F.
Grantees must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to an award for 3 years. In the event of an audit, records must be maintained until all questions are resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 5%. Grantees must match 5 percent of the total project cost.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are usually granted for a period of 12 to 17 months. Funds, however, can be granted for a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 60 months. grant or cooperative agreement
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Dionne J. Mitchell
Social Security Administration
Office of Acquisition and Grants
1540 Robert M. Ball Building
6401 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD 21235 US
Phone: 4109659534
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$10,575,000.00; FY 19 est $10,575,000.00; FY 20 est $10,575,000.00; FY 17$11,293,230.00; FY 16$11,293,230.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $275,000 to $2,065,938 and Average $3,300,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.