U.S. Election Assistance Commission Research Grants

To carry out research and development to improve the quality, reliability, accuracy, accessibility affordability and security of voting equipment, election systems and technology.

Agency - U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Research and Development grants; Dissemination of research findings;
Accessibility Research;
Logic and Accuracy testing of voting systems;
Post election audit research.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Voting system technology research and development.

Beneficiary Eligibility

beneficiaries are not eligible to apply for funding or support.


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.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants muct submit an intend to apply notice by the deadline provided in the funding notice.

Award Procedures

All proposals will be first submitted to a compliance review for eligibility. All applications in compliance with this Notice and the application instructions will be advanced for programmatic review. EAC staff will review all qualified proposals using the selection criteria described in Section II of this Notice. An outside peer review process may be used at EAC s discretion. During the staff review process, EAC staff may request additional supporting documentation from the applicant. EAC staff may also consider geographic representation, urban/rural composition of the applicants, and other criteria when making final funding decisions.


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


Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010 , Public Law 111-117; Help America Vote Act, 2002, Public Law 107-252, 42 U.S.C 15521 - 15523.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Not Applicable.


From 30 to 60 days.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies from 1 to 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Cost Reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual reports.

Annual SF-425.

Annual progress on performance measures required as part of progress report.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grantees are subject to Audit by EAC"s inspector general and may be required to consuct an annual single audit.


Records must be maintained for 5 years after the close of the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $8,000,000; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to 8,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The funding notices published at www.eac.gov contain all required regulations and guidlines for this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Mark Abbott, 1201 New York Ave, Suite 300, Washington , District of Columbia 20005 Email: mabbott@eac.gov Phone: (202) 566-2166.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In awarding grants under this Notice, EAC will consider:
Program/Research Design (50 percent)
Organizational Capacity (35 percent)
Budget/Cost Effectiveness (15 percent).

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