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Family Strengthening Scholars

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Dissertation Research on Strengthening Families

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

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07/08/19 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 per year to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, school districts, and IHEs to support dissertation research on responsible fatherhood and healthy marriages. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

Family Strengthening Scholars grants are to support dissertation research to build empirical evidence in the HM/RF field and to strengthen the capacity of next generation researchers to conduct rigorous, policy-relevant research related to HM/RF programs. These grants are also meant to help graduate students form active, collaborative partnerships with HM/RF practitioners. These grants can support projects for either primary data collection efforts or secondary data analysis of datasets, including, but not limited to, Supporting Healthy Marriage, Building Strong Families, or Community Healthy Marriage Initiative datasets.

The specific goals of the Family Strengthening Scholars grants are:

- To address issues of significance and relevance to policy decisions related to low-income families in order to further the HM/RF field.
- To directly support graduate students’ engagement in HM/RF research.
- To foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and graduate students who are pursuing doctoral-level research in the HM/RF field.
- To form collaborative partnerships with HM/RF practitioners.
- To encourage active communication, networking, and collaboration among graduate students, their mentors, and other senior HM/RF researchers.

For more details on the above goals, see:

Research topics that are of particular interest for this year's Family Strengthening Scholars grants
include, but are not limited to:

- Exploring mediators and moderators for program effects;
- Co-parenting;
- Father involvement;
- Complex families;
- Incarceration (including effects on relationships, relationships that are sustained throughout an incarceration, and issues with re-entry);
- The dynamics of relationships that terminate following a marriage/relationship education program;
- Outcomes from marriage/relationship programs, other than partnership status, such as family-wide outcomes, parent mental health, and child adjustment;
- Effects of mental health on couple and parent-child relationships, especially in the context of low-income families;
- Program features associated with program outcomes (program characteristics, staff characteristics, curricula, dosage);
- Studies that address measurement issues for family strengthening programs (e.g., how to measure father involvement with non-residential fathers);
- Studies that highlight how to enhance employment outcomes in family strengthening programs;
- Programming specific to teen parents;
- Relationship programming for youth in high schools; and
- Cost benefit analysis of family strengthening programs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 154565

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $25,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $10,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $25,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019

Applicants may choose whether they apply for funding for a 12-month project and budget period or a 24-month project with two 12-month budget periods.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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

The faculty mentor who will serve as Principal Investigator must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a relevant field and conduct research as a primary professional responsibility. Faculty mentors with doctoral training and research expertise will be able to provide proper supervision and quality control over the research project to help ensure a quality end product.

Eligible U.S. institutions may apply on behalf of their own university faculty who will serve as a mentor and Principal Investigator for an international non-U.S. citizen who is an advanced graduate student enrolled in their program.

To be eligible for award, the graduate student must provide evidence of an approved dissertation proposal by August 30, 2019.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/10/2019
Due Date for Applications: 07/08/2019

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit your letter of intent by email or mail to:

OPRE Review Team
Family Strengthening Scholars
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Program Office Contact:

Aleta Meyer
Administration for Children and Families Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation Switzer Building
330 C Street SW.
Washington, DC 20201
Fax: (202) 205-3598

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families Office of Grants Management
Switzer Building
330 C. Street SW
Washington , DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4855

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