U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
05/08/19 4:30 PM ET paper submission, or 11:59 PM ET electronic submission
Grants ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 to USA nonprofits, IHEs, agencies, for-profits, school districts, and housing authorities for graduate student dissertation research to inform policies relevant to early education practices. Funding is intended to produce research that will improve the practice and policies of early childhood programs, particularly those serving low-income children and families.
The goals of the Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants are to:
- Complete high-quality research projects that address current concerns of Head Start and Early Head Start programs and policymakers;
- Provide support for advanced graduate students whose dissertation research focuses on Head Start and/or Early Head Start populations, thus building knowledge about effective services, practices, and policies for diverse, low-income families and their children;
- Promote mentor-student relationships that a) support students' independent line of research; b) provide project supervision from qualified, experienced researchers in the field; and c) further students' graduate training and professional development in policy-relevant, applied research;
- Foster working research partnerships between academic researchers and Head Start and Early Head Start programs, thereby increasing a) the programs' understanding and use of current research information, and b) the quality and relevance of the funded research work to Head Start and Early Head Start communities;
- Support active communication, networking, and collaboration among the cohort of graduate students, their mentors, and other prominent researchers in the field, both during the graduate students' training as well as into the early stages of their research careers.
Given these goals, topics of current interest for this announcement include (but are not limited to):
GrantWatch ID#: 185557
Award Floor: $20,000 Per Budget Period
Award Ceiling: $25,000 Per Budget Period
Length of Project Period: 12-month project period and budget period or 24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods
Eligible applicants are public, private and state controlled institutions of higher education; state, county, city or township, and special district governments; independent school districts; nonprofit organizations; for-profit organizations; small businesses; Native American tribal governments and organizations; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities.
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.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Please submit the letter of intent by April 8, 2019. Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.
The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 PM, ET on May 8, 2019.
For those with an exemption from required electronic submission, the deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 PM, ET on May 8, 2019.
The registration process at Grants.gov 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.
All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov.
Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e. Grants.gov.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions regarding this funding opportunity and/or the application process, please call (877) 350-5913 or direct inquiries via email to: OPRE Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant Review at HSGraduateResearchReviews@icfi.com.
Submit the Letter of Intent to the following address:
Head Start Graduate Research Grant Review Team
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-6050
Wendy DeCourcey, Program Office Contact
Tim Chappelle, Office of Grants Management Contact
Phone: (877) 350-5913
Fax: (703) 934-3740
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