Social Services Research and Demonstration


To promote research and demonstrations related to the prevention and reduction of dependency or the administration and effectiveness of programs related to that purpose.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: There were 20 actual grants awarded in FY 2015, 10 were new grants, and 10 were non-competing continuations. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 22 grants will be awarded in FY 2015, 3 new grants, and 19 non-competing continuations. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 13 grants will be rewarded in FY 2016, 3 new grants and 10 non-competing continuations.
Social Security Act, Title XI, Section 1110, 42 U.S.C 1310.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants and cooperative agreements may be made to or with governmental entities, colleges, universities, nonprofit and for-profit organizations (if fee is waived), and faith-based and community organizations. Grants and cooperative agreements cannot be made directly to individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children, youth, and families, especially low-income families, will benefit.
Applicants must present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves the use of other agencies, facilities, or services. Nonprofit organizations which have not previously received ACF program support must submit proof of nonprofit status. For State and local governments, costs will be determined in accordance with Chapter III Part 300 45 CFR Part 75 and Chapter II Part 200. For other grantees, applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program . 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 will be able to find a synopsis of grant or cooperative agreement opportunities and apply electronically for opportunities via: Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of grant announcements on the ACF web site located at:
Award Procedure
Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Award (NOA). This provides the amount awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period for which support is contemplated, and the total grantee participation.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 365 days. Generally, solicited grants and cooperative agreements will be acted upon within 120 days.
Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.
Grant extensions and continuations are available if formally applied for and approved. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more years, the grantee must submit a formal request for a non-competitive continuation application each year accompanied by a progress report which will be evaluated prior to a recommendation of continuation.
How are proposals selected?
Applications may be funded in whole or in part depending on: (1) the ranked order of applicants resulting from competitive review; (2) staff review and consultations; (3) the combination of projects that best meet the information needs of the program; (4) the funds available; and (5) other relevant considerations. Typical criteria include project cost and budget justification, the qualification of the principal investigator and organization, the quality of approach and methodologies employed, and results and the programs objectives and results and benefits expected. Specific criteria for selecting recipients under individual funding announcements under this program are published in
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded for innovative research, demonstrations, and evaluations that are responsive to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) program priorities. All applications must meet standards of excellence in research, demonstration, or evaluation design. Construction or the purchase of real estate are not allowable under these grants or contracts. Further, these funds may not be used to supplement the cost of program operations otherwise capped under the law. Organizations may not use funds under these grants or contracts to engage in inherently religious activities, such as worship, religious instructions, or proselytizing. In addition, an organization receiving ACF funds shall not, in providing ACF-funded services, discriminate against a program beneficiary or prospective program beneficiary on the basis of religion or religious belief. Regulations pertaining to the Equal Treatment for Faith-Based Organizations, which include the prohibition against Federal funding of inherently religious activities, as well as provisions related to nondiscrimination against religious organizations and the ability of religious organizations to maintain their religious character, can be found at either 45 CFR 87.1 or the HHS Web site at
partnerships/about/regulations/. Discretionary funding may be used for contracts, including cooperative agreements, for the cost of research or demonstration projects, or which will aid in effecting coordination and planning between private and public welfare agencies or which will improve the effectiveness of programs carried on or assisted under the Social Security Act or related programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Grantees are required to submit performance progress reports (ACF-OGM-SF-PPR) throughout the project period. Performance progress reports are due 30 days after the reporting period. Final performance reporting reports are due 90 days after the close of the project. Reporting forms are available at Grantees will be required to submit financial expenditure reports throughout the project period. Financial reports are due 30 days after the reporting period. Final financial reports are due 90 days after the close of the project period. Grantees use the Financial Status Report (FSR) SF-425 for required financial reporting. Reporting forms are available at No performance monitoring is required.
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 fiscal transactions identifiable to Federal financial assistance are subject to audit by the HHS audit agency, and other Federal officials.
Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant number and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved, or at the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are granted on a 1- to 5-year basis, with support beyond the first year contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down awards. For additional information on this process see:
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Appropriate ACF Regional Administrator. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.).
Headquarters Office
Karl J. Koerper, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, 7th Floor, West, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (202) 4014535.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $1,572,864; FY 15 est $1,208,450; and FY 16 est $812,684. (Project Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range from $25,000 to $120,000; Average being $78,643.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A variety of guidance on grants can be found at
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: We funded grants on research on enhanced employment services, Hispanic children and families, for secondary analysis of research related to family relationships, and to support a network of scholars to investigate critical issues in family self-sufficiency and stability research. Fiscal Year 2015: We anticipate funding similar types of projects in fiscal year 2015. More information describing research and evaluation projects supported by these funds can be found at Fiscal Year 2016: We anticipate funding similar types of projects in fiscal year 2016. More information describing research and evaluation projects supported by these funds can be found at