Transformation Initiative Research Grants: Demonstration and Related Small Grants

The Office of Policy Development and Research is conducting several major demonstrations through contract studies in the following areas: Family Self-Sufficiency; Pre-Purchase Counseling; Sustainable Building Practices; and Homeless Families Intervention.

The purpose of this program is to enhance
these demonstrations by providing a vehicle for conducting a number of small research projects aimed at collecting additional/supplemental information and analyses.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To support direct and indirect costs incurred in the timely completion of the research product.

Eligible costs include but are not limited to, the researcher s salary, 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.

1.

Funding will only be provided to researchers who meet the standards for eligible applicants outlined under this program.


2.

Grant funds awarded under this program may not be used to pay for computer hardware and/or meals.
3.

Fee or profit will not be paid for work done under this program.
4.

Dissertation support is not eligible under this program.

Eligibility Requirements

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 researcher, expert and analyst.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The purpose of this program is to enhance these demonstrations by providing a vehicle for conducting a number of small research projects aimed at collecting additional/supplemental information and analyses.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The process of applying for a grant through this program involves a two step process. Applicants are invited to submit a preliminary application for funding consideration. If the preliminary application is deem worthy of further consideration, the researcher will be requested to submit a full application for funding consideration within 30 days after the closing date of the funding opportunity.

Award Procedures

Applications will be reviewed against published criteria, rated and 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.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117 approved December 16, 2009). This program is approved by HUD s research authority under the Transformation Initiative Fund.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The process of applying for a grant through this NOPI involves a two step process. Applicants are invited to submit a preliminary application for funding consideration. If the preliminary application is deem worthy of further consideration, the researcher will be requested to submit a full application for funding consideration within 30 days after the closing date of this NOPI.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The maximum grant performance period is 3 years (36 months). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports must be submitted electronically.

At the end of the grant performance period, researcher must submit to HUD two copies and a CD-ROM containing an electronic copy of the paper documenting the research finding in its final version, as well as a final report which summarizes the entire work and achievements conducted under this award.

No cash reports are required.

All researchers that receive grant funds under this program NOPI are required to submit a quarterly progress report which describes the progress of the effort and the likelihood that it will be completed on time.

Financial reports must be included that reflects the cost incurred by budget line, as well as a cumulative summary of costs incurred during the quarterly reporting period.

Each grant"s performance will be monitored.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Records must be kept in accordance with the program"s terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0402-0-1-451.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $400,000; FY 11 est $0 - This program is approved under HUD s research authority and is administered under the Transition Initiative Account.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 a grant for a maximum three-grant performance period. Awards under this NOPI will be made in the form of a Cooperative Agreement.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Sandra Susan Brunson, 451 7th Street, Room 8226, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Susan.S.Brunson@hud.gov Phone: (202) 402-3852.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the program NOPI.



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