Transformation Initiative Research Grants: Natural Experiments

The purpose of this effort is to provide funding to support scientific research that makes use of natural experiments to evaluate the impact on local, state, and federal policies.

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.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

The funds may not be used specifically for dissertation support, internationally oriented research, or demonstration projects; HUD has other programs aimed at funding such activities.
In addition, funding will only be provided to researchers who meet the standards for eligible applicants outlined in under this program; grant funds awarded under this program may not be used to pay for computer hardware and/or meals; honorariums cannot be charged against grants under this program.; fee or profit will not be paid for work done under this effort; and applicants must comply with the Delinquent Federal Debt Requirement.

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The research funded by these HUD grants should be state-of-the-art natual experiments and result in substantive contributions to the existing pool of scientific theory and evidence on the effectiveness of public policies. It should also yield methodological advances to evaluating public policy - preference will be given to proposals aimed at developing general solutions that may be applied to additional problems. Projects may focus on any local, state, or federal policy relevant to HUD s mission of increasing homeownership, supporting community development, and increasing access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD is particularly interested in funding evaluations that can help this Administration and subsequent Administrations determine how to spend taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently, though other types of projects will also be considered.


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. Applications will be reviewed against published criteria.

Award Procedures

Applications will be rated, 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.


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


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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Other - Not Specified.


Not Applicable.


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 24 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All researchers that receive grant funds under this program 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.


Not Applicable.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $600,000; FY 11 est $0 - This program is approved under HUD s research authority under the Transformation Initiative Fund.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

An applicant can request $100,000 to $250,000 per award, depending on the scope of the research proposed. Awards under this NOFA will be made in the form of a Cooperative Agreement.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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