Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) plans to solicit applications for Early Care and Education Research Scholars:
Child Care Dissertation Grants.

Funds support dissertation research by advanced graduate students working

on child care policy issues in partnership with a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agency or administrator and with faculty mentors.

These grants focus on building capacity in the research field by:
addressing questions relevant to child care policy decision-making and program administration, supporting applied research experiences through collaboration with CCDF agencies, fostering mentoring relationships between faculty members and doctoral students.

OPRE is interested in research that addresses issues of significance related to CCDF; aims to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for populations that are underserved/understudied; and utilizes the most rigorous research methodology for the selected research question.

Applicants must consult with a CCDF agency or administrator in the conceptualization of the research plan, from development and refinement of the research questions, through the proposed data collection or secondary analyses of data, interpretation, and dissemination of findings.

Eligible Tribally Controlled Land Grant Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and faith-based institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply.

The applicant organization must have a history of research and federal funding oversight and must have appropriate research support resources to support the student.

The faculty mentor who will serve as principal investigator must have a Ph.D.

or equivalent in the respective field and conduct research as a primary professional responsibility.

Faculty mentors with doctoral training and research expertise must be able to provide proper supervision and quality control over the project and interactions with participating agencies to help ensure successful completion of sound dissertation research that addresses critical policy questions of interest to local CCDF partner(s) and ACF.

To be eligible for award, the graduate student must provide evidence of an approved dissertation proposal with their application.

This is a change from previous years when applicants were given additional time to submit evidence of an approved dissertation proposal after the application due date.

The 2023 application due date and the due date for the evidence of an approved dissertation proposal are the same and will be specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

For further information about prior awards made to Child Care Research Scholars, please refer to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/research/project/child-care-research-scholars.

For more information about OPRE, see http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre.

For information about the Office of Child Care and CCDF, see https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ.

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SAM.gov System Alert - Entity Validation Delays:
All applicants must be registered at SAM.gov and establish a Unique Entity Identifier.

Due to high demand, SAM.gov is experiencing a considerable delay in processing entity legal business name and address validation tickets.

As needed, please start the process early to avoid interruptions in application submissions.

You can find SAM resources related to this process here - https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp?id=kb_article_view&sysparm_article=KB0058422&sys_kb_id=7bb8810ddba05990060d5425f3961912&spa= 1.
Related Programs

Child Care and Development Block Grant

Department of Health and Human Services

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services

Office: Administration for Children and Families - OPRE

Estimated Funding: $150,000

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
Applicant eligibility is unrestricted except as noted in this section.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity.

Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C.

2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

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