Affordable Care Act (ACA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Research Programs

The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Research Programs are designed to: increase knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs, using random assignment designs to the maximum extent feasible.

Research relating to maternal, infant, and early childhood
home visiting services will be conducted to advancing knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs designed to improve life outcomes among mothers, infants, young children, and families who reside in at risk communities.

Research and evaluation activities include consultation with independent researchers, State officials, and developers and providers of home visiting programs on topics such as research design and administrative data matching.

The MIECHV Research Programs include the MIECHV Research Program and the MIECHV Research Network.


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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program Contact: Angela Odjidja-Boateng, JD, MHS
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-86
Rockville, MD 20857
Email: aablorh-odjidja@hrsa.gov
Phone: (301) 443-8932.


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

MIECHV Research (Project Grants): Assistance can potentially be used to conduct applied research relating to maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting services which show promise of advancing knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs designed to improve life outcomes among mothers, infants, young children, and families who reside in at risk communities.

Research and evaluation activities include consultation with independent researchers, State officials, and developers and providers of home visiting programs on topics including research design and administrative data matching.

Of the amounts paid to a State recipient, not more than 10 percent may be used for administering the award.

Funds are to be used for research and evaluation activities.

MIECHV Research Network (Cooperative Agreement): Assistance can be used to:
• Develop a national research agenda designed to improve the implementation and effectiveness of maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs through: (a) research on the components of effective interventions, and (b) research targeted to improving the delivery of home visiting services; this national research agenda will also be used to actively guide the Network s implementation of research studies through both MCHB and external funding sources;
• Advance the methods of studying the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs;
• Develop approaches to data sharing that will expedite the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures;
• Disseminate critical information and foster continued education activities on its research findings to inform researchers, professionals, policy makers, other stakeholders in the home visiting field, and the public;
• Provide a research environment that is supportive of advancing home visiting research through: facilitating mentoring relationships between faculty members and emerging researchers; and encouraging active communication, networking, and collaboration among researchers.

Restrictions: Not more than 10 percent may be used for administering the award.

Funds made available to a grantee for a fiscal year shall remain available for expenditure by the grantee through the end of the second succeeding fiscal year after award.

Funds that have not been expended during the period of availability will be deobligated and no longer available for use by the grantee.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As cited in 42 CFR Part 51a.3(b), only public or nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research or in programs relating to maternal and child health and/or services for children with special health care needs may apply for grants, contracts or cooperative agreements for research in maternal and child health services or in services for children with special health care needs.

Entities directly involved in the operation of home visiting programs are not eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funded research should benefit MIECHV grantees by increasing knowledge about the implementation and effectiveness of home visiting programs.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants should review the individual HRSA funding opportunity announcement issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by an electronic Notice of Award.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Social Security Act, Title V, §511(h)(3), (42 U.S.C. 711(h)(3)), as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, §2951 (P.L. 111-148).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Contact the Headquarters or Regional Office as appropriate for application deadlines or view the specific funding opportunity announcement.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Per Social Security Act, Title V, §511(f), Funds provided to an eligible entity shall supplement, and not supplant, funds from other sources for early childhood home visitation programs or initiatives.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Approved projects are awarded a project period of up to three years pending satisfactory awardee performance, the availability of appropriated funds, and a decision that continued funding is in the best interest of the Federal Government. Funds awarded to an eligible entity for a fiscal year remain available for expenditure through the end of the second succeeding fiscal year after award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grantee drawdown funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS). PMS is the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Upon completion of the project, a comprehensive final report is required.

A quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report is required via the Payment Management System.

Annual non-competing progress reports are required for out-year continuation awards.

Annual performance reports that include reporting on financial and expenditure data are required.

Annual performance reports that include reporting on performance measures are required.

A mid-project progress report is required for awardees of the MIECHV Home Visiting Program.

A semi-annual performance report is required for the awardee of the MIECHV Research Network.

Audits

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.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the Federal Financial Report (FFR). If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award 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

75-0321-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $374,968; FY 13 est $284,599; and FY 14 est $284,599 - MIECHV Research Network. (Project Grants) FY 12 $877,930; FY 13 est $872,903; and FY 14 est $842,903 - MIECHV Research.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards of up to $300,000 per year for up to 3 years.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments and 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable. HRSA awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/grants.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Program Contact: Angela Odjidja-Boateng, JD, MHS
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-86
Rockville, MD 20857
Email: aablorh-odjidja@hrsa.gov
Phone: (301) 443-8932.

Headquarters Office

Angela Odjidja-Boateng, JD, MHS Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-86, Rockville , Maryland 20857 Email: aablorh-odjidja@hrsa.gov Phone: 301-443-8932

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All competitive applications will be reviewed internally by grants management officials (business and financial review) and program staff (technical review) for eligibility, completeness, accuracy, and compliance with the requirements outlined in the funding announcement. All qualified applications will be forwarded to an independent objective review committee for review and rating based on the program elements and review criteria presented in the funding opportunity announcement. Based on the advice of the independent objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions.



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