Transformation Initiative Research Grants: Sustainable Community Research Grant Program


The purpose of this effort is to fill key data and information gaps, and to begin to develop and evaluate policy alternatives that communities can adopt to facilitate decision making about various community investments. Additionally, the HUD believes that the results from the program will enable the department to develop a broader sustainability agenda beyond current departmental priorities, as well as any future efforts or initiatives that may be considered based on the results of the research.

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 (Public Law 111-117 approved December 16, 2009). This program is approved by HUD’s authority and administered under the Transformation Initiative (TI) account.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Nationally recognized and accredited institutes of higher education; non-profit foundations, research consortia or policy institutes; for-profit organizations located in the U.S. and contract research institutions or academic entities that will sponsor a researcher or experts as the applicant. However, the sponsored researcher assumes the sole responsibility for the completion of the application and conducting the research. In addition, the researcher must meet the following program requirements: a.Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national (such as a person born in the Swains Island or American Samoa) within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. SS 1408, or be a lawful permanent resident (a recipient of an Alien Registration Recipient Card-Form I-551, commonly referred to as a Green Card), or other qualified alien (such as, an alien who has been granted asylum or refugee status) within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. SS 1651(b); and b. The proposed research project can be completed within the 24 months grant performance period.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The purpose of this NOFA is to inform the research community of the opportunity to submit grant applications to fund quality research under the broad subject area of sustainable development. HUD is primarily interested in sponsoring cutting edge research in the areas of affordable housing development and preservation; transportation-related issues; economic development and job creation; land use planning and urban design; green and sustainable energy practices; and a range of issues related to sustainability.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Applications will be rated, ranked and awards will be be made to the highest rated applications. HUD 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. If a researcher turns down the award offer, HUD will make an offer to the next highest-ranking application.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
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Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds awarded under this NOFA must be used to support direct costs incurred in the timely completion of the research product. Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, the researcher’s salary, associates to work on the project, protected/release time to demonstrate the need for a period of intensive reserach, computer software, data purchases, 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 for 24 months (2 years). 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, SW, Room 8230
Washington, DC 20410 US
Phone: (202) 402-3852.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17$0.00; FY 18 est $0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
An applicant may request a minimum of $150,000, up to $500,000 for an award, depending on the scope and scale of the proposed research. Awards under this NOFA will be made in the form of Cooperative Agreements.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
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