Social Services Research and Demonstration


The SSRD program was founded 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
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 13 grants will be rewarded in FY 2016, 3 new grants and 10 non-competing continuations. We awarded a total of 12 grants in FY 2016, 1 new grants, and 11 non-competing continuations.
Fiscal Year 2017 12 grants were awarded FY 2017, 4 new grants and 8 non-competing continuations.
Fiscal Year 2018 Two grants were awarded in FY2018, one new award, and one non-competing continuation.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is anticipated that 5 grants will be awarded in FY 2019, 4 new, and 1 non-competing continuations.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that 9 grants will be awarded in FY 2020, 4 new grants and 5 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, or sole proprietorship.
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 all grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing.
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
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. 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 location, 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.
Not applicable.
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?
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 in the grant announcement.
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant number and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down awards.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sheila Celentano
330 C St, SW
Room 4625A
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 202-401-5803
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$99,481.00; FY 19 est $149,958.00; FY 20 est $250,000.00; FY 17$849,273.00; FY 16$842,073.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range from $24,577 to $49,904; Average being $33,160.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A variety of guidance on grants can be found at and the ACF website:
Examples of Funded Projects
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 In fiscal year 2016, funds were used to support work of the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families, the Family Self-Sufficiency Research Consortium including the Family Strengthening Research Scholars, as well as Family Strengthening scholars, both a continuing and a new cohort.
Fiscal Year 2017 We funded the final year of the Family Self Sufficiency Research Consortium Scholars Network in fiscal year 2017, as well as several scholar grants for students working on dissertations in Behavioral Economics.
Fiscal Year 2018 We funded a Behavioral Interventions Scholar grant to support dissertation research in behavioral science and contributed funding to a Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families
Fiscal Year 2019 We plan to fund 4 new Behavioral Interventions Scholar grants to support dissertation research in behavioral science, 1 continuing scholar grant, and contribute funding to a the continuing grant supporting the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families.
Fiscal Year 2020 We plan to fund the second year of 4 Behavioral Interventions scholar grants, as well as 4 new Scholar grants, to support dissertation research in behavioral science, as well as contribute funding to the continuing grant supporting the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families. In addition, we plan to fund 2 new State Interoperability grants.


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