Adolescent Family Life Research Grants

To encourage and support research projects and dissemination activities concerning the societal causes and consequences of adolescent sexual activity, contraceptive use, pregnancy and child rearing.

To determine ways to alleviate, eliminate or resolve negative consequences of adolescent sexual
activity, pregnancy and childbearing for parents, children and their families.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

This program has funded projects for the following purposes: (1) Adolescents at risk; and (2) adoption versus parenting.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for descriptive or explanatory surveys, longitudinal studies, or limited demonstration projects for services done for the purpose of increasing knowledge and understanding of the objectives.

Abortions may not be provided or encouraged.

In the case of a "for-profit" grantee, no grant funds may be paid in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local government agencies; private organizations (nonprofit and profit); institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Non-pregnant adolescents, pregnant adolescents, adolescent parents, and their families will benefit.


A nonprofit private entity must provide evidence of its nonprofit status. Allowability of costs will be determined in accordance with the following Cost Principles: OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for non- profit organizations. Costs for-profit organizations will be determined by 48 CFR, Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Faith based organizations are eligible to apply.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application Form PHS-398 (Rev. May 1995) for Research Grants should be submitted. The standard application forms, as furnished by PHS and required by 45 CFR, Part 74, (for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations), and 45 CFR, Part 92, (for State and local governments), must be used for this program. Applications are reviewed and evaluated by a group composed primarily of nonfederal scientists. The review is conducted by a panel of experts in the specific study area proposed. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR, Part 74, 45 CFR, Part 92, and OMB Circular No. A-102 (administrative guidelines and standards for states and local governments), and OMB Circular No. A-110 (administrative guidelines and standards for institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations).

Award Procedures

After considering the recommendation of the review group, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs makes the final decision on the funding of approved applications. All applicants are notified in writing of actions taken on their applications. A Notice of Grant Award is issued for those applications that are approved and funded.


To be announced.


Public Health Service Act, Title XX, Section 2008, Public Law 98-512, 42 U.S.C. 300z-7, as amended; Appropriation Act of 1991, Public Law 101-517.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 5 months.




Projects may be approved for 1 year; a project may be renewed for two additional 1-year periods based on submission of an application, including a progress report and evidence of plan compliance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may not exceed 3 years with budget periods not to exceed 12 months. Payments will be made either on a monthly cash request basis or under an Electronic Transfer System. Necessary instructions for the appropriate type of payment will be issued at the time an award is made.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees must submit annual and final progress reports.

Expenditure reports are required 90 days after the end of each budget period.

Inventions are to be reported immediately.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A - 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "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.


HHS and the Controller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, and transcripts. In accordance with 45 CFR, Part 74.53, and 45 CFR, Part 92, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $1,040,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$108,000 to $151,000; $145,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations, 42 CFR 52 and 52h, 45 CFR 74; 45 CFR 92; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994. Program guidance is provided in the application kit.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Ms. Barbara Cohen, Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, Office of Population Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: (240) 453-2828. Grants Management Contact: Karen Campbell, Director, Office of Grants Management, Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 550, Rockville, MD 20853, Telephone (240) 453-8822.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(All applications are subject to peer review, in a system established by 42 CFR Section 52h.8, which must find a project to be of scientific merit before it can be awarded a grant.) Criteria include: (1) Scientific and technical significance and originality; (2) adequacy of methodology; (3) qualifications and experience of principal investigator staff; (4) availability of necessary resources; (5) reasonableness of budget and duration; and (6) adequacy of protection of humans, animals, and the environment.

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