Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Research, Demonstrations and Evaluations

To support analyses, experiments, demonstrations and pilot projects in efforts to resolve major health care financing issues and to develop innovative methods for the administration of Medicare and Medicaid.

These awards are in the form of research grants and cooperative agreements; Hispanic health
services grants; historically black colleges and university grants.

For fiscal years 2007 and 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified a number of areas where specific information or experience is necessary to improve program effectiveness or guide decisions anticipated in the near future.

These priority areas for CMS' discretionary contracts, cooperative agreements and grants include: (1) protecting and empowering specific populations; (2) pay for performance for multiple provider settings; (3) understanding health differences and disparities--closing the gaps; (4) preventing disease, illness, and injury; (5) agency-specific priorities.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of funded projects in fiscal year 2006 include: (1) Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey; (2) Design for a Nursing Home Quality Based Purchasing Demonstration; (3) Implementation Support for the ESRD Bundled Payment and Pay-for-Performance Demonstration; (4) Implementation support and Evaluation of Physician Group Practice Demonstration; (5) Implementation and Evaluation of the Medicare Hospital Gainsharing Demonstration (6) Grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Health Services Research Programs; (7) Real Choice Systems Change Grants; and (8) Medicaid Analytic Database (MAX) Data Development.

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 - Contact the appropriate CMS Regional Administrator.

(See Appendix IV for Regional Offices.)

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Texas Southern University $ 250,000   2020-09-302022-09-29
University Of North Texas $ 250,000   2020-09-302022-09-29
University Of Houston System $ 250,000   2018-09-302021-09-30
University Of Houston System $ 250,000   2019-09-302021-09-29
University Of Miami $ 250,000   2019-09-302021-09-29
University Of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus $ 137,899   2018-09-302020-09-30
Winston-salem State University $ 325,000   2017-09-302020-09-29
Charles R. Drew University Of Medicine And Science $ 325,000   2017-09-302020-09-29
United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc., The $ 70,993   2019-07-222020-07-21
University Of Pittsburgh, The $ 215,000   2016-09-302019-09-30

Program Accomplishments

There were 26 new cooperative agreements/grants funded and 34 new contracts funded in fiscal year 2006. In fiscal year 2007, it is estimated that there will be 22 new grants/cooperative agreements and 18 new contracts. In fiscal year 2008, it is estimated that it will be 18 new grants/cooperative agreements and 14 new contracts.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under all authorizations, all applications must meet standards of excellence in research or evaluation design.

Funds may not be used for construction or renovation of buildings.

Funds authorized by Section 1115 of the Social Security Act are limited to State agencies administering the Medicaid program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants or cooperative agreements may be made to private, or public agencies or organizations, including State agencies that administer the Medicaid program.

Private profit organizations may apply.

For the Small Business Innovation Research Grant Program, only for-profit organizations may apply.

Awards cannot be made directly to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Contributing retirees or specially entitled beneficiaries, the disabled or those with end stage renal disease (for Medicare) the aged, and families with children and youth (for Medicaid).


Applicants should present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves collaborative efforts or the utilization of non-CMS facilities or services. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-102 for State and local governments. The standard forms, as furnished by DHHS and required by OMB Circular No. A-102, must be used.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

CMS research and demonstration projects are solicited by publication in the "Federal Register," requests of proposals for contracts in "FedBizOpps," targeted program announcements, and other appropriate means.

Some funds are used for creative, unsolicited proposals.

Applicants should maintain contact with Regional CMS Offices (see Appendix IV of the Catalog for listing).