Transformation Initiative Research Grants: Natural Experiments


The purpose of this effort is to provide funding to support scientific research that makes use of natural experiments to evaluate the impact on local, state, and federal policies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (approved December 16, 2009). This program is approved under HUD’s research authority under the Transformation Initiative Fund, Public Law 111-117
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nonprofit organizations, for profit organizations located in the U.S (HUD will not pay fee or profit for the work conducted under this program), foundations, think tanks, consortia, Institutions of higher education accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and other entities that will sponsor a
Beneficiary Eligibility
The research funded by these HUD grants should be state-of-the-art natual experiments and result in substantive contributions to the existing pool of scientific theory and evidence on the effectiveness of public policies. It should also yield methodological advances to evaluating public policy - preference will be given to proposals aimed at developing general solutions that may be applied to additional problems. Projects may focus on any local, state, or federal policy relevant to HUD's mission of increasing homeownership, supporting community development, and increasing access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD is particularly interested in funding evaluations that can help this Administration and subsequent Administrations determine how to spend taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently, though other types of projects will also be considered.
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. Applications will be reviewed against published criteria.
Award Procedure
Applications will be rated, ranked, and awards will be made to the highest rated applications. If an applicant turns down an award offer, HUD will make an award to the next highest-ranking application. HUD also reserves the right to reduce the amount of funding requested in order to fund as many highly ranked applications as possible. Additionally, if funds remain after funding the highest ranked applications, HUD may fund part of the next highest-ranking application.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the program NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Eligible costs include but are not limited to, the researcher’s salary, graduate assistants to work on the project, protected/release time for researcher who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research, computer software, purchase of data, travel expenses to collect data or to make presentations at meetings, transcription services, and compensation for interviews.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Each grant's performance will be monitored.
Not applicable.
Records must be kept in accordance with the program's terms and conditions.
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
The maximum grant performance period is 24 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sandra Susan Brunson
451 7th Street, Room 8230
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 402-3852.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17$0.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
An applicant can request $100,000 to $250,000 per award, depending on the scope of the research proposed. Awards under this NOFA will be made in the form of a Cooperative Agreement.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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