U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
07/09/19 4:30 PM ET Receipt of Paper Applications; 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt
Grant to a USA private or public entity to administer a fellowship program for policy-relevant research on child development. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The grantee will be responsible for all aspects of administering the program, in partnership with the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE).
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is funding a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Child Development Research Fellowship that gives child development professionals from the academic research community the opportunity to experience policy research relevant to programs serving low-income children and families.
The goal of the fellowship program is to expose researchers to policy environments, particularly at the federal level, whereby they gain skills and expertise for policy-relevant research. The program is intended to stimulate the fellows’ knowledge of child development research and evaluation, particularly regarding services for low-income children and families, and to inform their process of developing long-term, policy-relevant research and evaluation agendas. The public will benefit from the increased availability of researchers highly skilled and experienced in policy and program relevant research and evaluation.
Fellows will engage on a full-time basis for a period of one year (with a possible second or third year at the discretion of the grantee and depending on funding availability). Fellows will be exposed to the broader child development policy environment, particularly at the federal level, and to the policy research community through activities organized and conducted by the grantee. Fellows will learn extensively about the ACF and its programs that serve young children and their families. The cooperative agreement will require active partnership between the successful applicant and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE).
The grantee will:
1. Select the fellows from the pool of candidates;
2. Provide administrative oversight as employers of the fellows, and ensure that a a significant amount of the award funds is used for fellows’ salaries;
3. Work with fellows to establish individualized professional development plans;
4. Facilitate ongoing opportunities for meaningful and substantive interactions with research and program staff at ACF/The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and exposure to the kinds of research conducted by OPRE and related programs;
5. Provide exposure to extensive scientific and professional development activities and other programming relevant to the goals of this fellowship;
6. Provide peer activities for fellows so that they may benefit from the experiences of one another;
7. Provide administrative support for the fellowship program, including reimbursements for conference attendance and/or materials;
8. Account for fellows’ activities and costs by funding source; and
9. Supervise by providing oversight, mentorship and support for individual fellow's work activities.
Full Program Description: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OPRE-PH-1575_0.pdf#page=4
GrantWatch ID#: 185952
Award Ceiling: $880,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $120,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $600,000 Per Budget Period
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019
Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods
Eligibility under the Child Development Research Fellowship FOA is defined under the multiple statutory authorities:
- Section 649 of the Head Start Act, (42 U.S.C. § 9844). Eligible applicants under this authority are “public or private entities."
- Section 658O(a)(5) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9858m(a)(5)) does not specify or limit eligibility for research, demonstration, or evaluation activities.
- Title IV, part A, section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603(a)(2)). Eligible applicants under this authority are "public and private entities."
Eligible fellows must have a doctoral level degree (or other advanced graduate degrees at the same level in relevant disciplines) in subjects relevant to child development; and skills and experience in research and evaluation.
Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.
Funding Restrictions: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OPRE-PH-1575_0.pdf#page=37
Due Date for Applications: 07/09/2019
The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date. Electronic applications will only be accepted via www.Grants.gov. ACF will not accept applications submitted via email or via facsimile.
Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of this FOA.
How to Register and Apply through Grants.gov
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.
The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:
Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.
For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.
For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
View this opportunity online: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-OPRE-PH-1575_0.htm
View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310613
To view a list of application documents, go to the Package/Preview tab on the above Grants.gov link.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Program Office Contact: Wendy DeCourcey, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Office of Grants Management Contact: Tim Chappelle, Department Health and Human Services, Office of Grants Management
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