Welfare Reform Research, Evaluations and National Studies


To support research on the benefits, effects, and costs of operating different State welfare programs, including studies on the effects of different programs and the operation of such programs on welfare dependency, employment rates, child well-being, family formation and healthy marriage, illegitimacy, teen pregnancy, and others; to assist States in developing and evaluating innovative approaches for reducing welfare dependency and increasing the well-being of minor children living at home.

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 4 grants will be awarded in FY 2016, all non-competing continuations. In FY 2016 4 grants were awarded, 3 non-competing continuations, and 1 new award.
Fiscal Year 2017 Two grants were awarded in FY 2017, both non-competing continuations.
Fiscal Year 2018 A single grant continuation was awarded in 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is not anticipated that any grants will be awarded in 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that there will be several new grants awarded in 2020, to include a new cohort of 5 Family Self-Sufficiency Research Consortium Scholars Network awards, and 4 Career Pathways Secondary Analysis grants
Section 413 of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. ยง613, as amended by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Public Law 115-31
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- and community-based organizations. Grants or cooperative agreements cannot be made directly to individuals or sole proprietorships.
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 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 not applicable.
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: https://www.grants.gov. Applicants will also be able to find the complete text of grant announcements on the ACF web site located at: https://www.ami.grantsolutions.com.
Award Procedure
Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Award (NOA). This provides the amount of funds 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. 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.
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.
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, appeals in regards to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
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 qualifications 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 this program are published at https://www.Grants.gov in the grant announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts 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 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 is voluntary. Grantees are often required to share in the cost of projects. Cost sharing may range up to 25 percent of the total approved project cost for grants or cooperative agreements.

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 M Celentano
330 C St SW., 4625A
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 202-401-5803
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$50,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $800,000.00; FY 17$949,961.00; FY 16$1,553,995.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY18 there was a single grant continuation for $50,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A variety of guidance on grants can be found at https://www.grants.gov and the ACF website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants.
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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/. In FY 2016, we funded the Center for Research on Hispanic Children and Families, the Family Self-Sufficiency Research Consortium Data Center, a Research Initiative on Insular Areas, in the Virgin Islands, and the Self Sufficiency Clearinghouse.
Fiscal Year 2017 In fiscal year 2017 we funded both the Self Sufficient Clearing house, and the Family Self-Sufficiency Research Consortium Data Center. We anticipate funding similar types of projects in fiscal year 2018. More information describing research and evaluation projects supported by these funds can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY2018 we added funding and extended the period of performance for the Human Services Research Partnership with the Virgin Islands grant.


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