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Policy Research and Evaluation Grants

Number: 93.239
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Office of the Secretary

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.239 Policy Research and Evaluation Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Social Security Act, Section 1110, 42 U.S.C. 1310.
Objectives (050):
To support research that is relevant to policy development and evaluation of current and proposed programs of interest to the Secretary, the Administration, and the Congress. Priorities include: (1) Issues of long-term care, disability, and personal assistance services, including informal care giving; (2) health care delivery issues including health care financing; (3) welfare reform outcomes and policies affecting children and youth; (4) community development; (5) science policy development; and (6) the reduction of poverty.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may not be used for construction or renovation of buildings. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 74, and 45 CFR 92 as well as OMB Circular No. A-102 (Administrative Guidelines for States and Local Governments), and OMB Circular A-110 (Administrative Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations).
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Assistance may be provided to State and local governments, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations and individuals. Occasionally, awards are made to for-profit organizations when deemed by the Assistant Secretary to be consistent with the legislative intent and purpose of the program.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Federal, State and local governments will benefit. (Note: Projects do not provide any direct assistance to individuals.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Nonprofit organizations must provide evidence of tax-exempt status. When projects involve the collaborative efforts of more than one organization or require the use of services or facilities not under the direct control of the applicant, written assurances of specific support or agreements must be submitted by the affected parties. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications are submitted in response to specific announcements published on Grants.Gov. All applications must be submitted using the Department of Health and Human Services Standard Form 424 and additional forms as specified in the announcement. Each announcement provides specific additional instructions regarding the contents of the narrative description of the project, budget justification, evaluation criteria and other required information.
Award Procedure (093):
All applications are reviewed by an outside expert review panel. Recommendations are made to the Assistant Secretary who makes the final determination of awards and amounts. Official notice of approved application is made through the issuance of a Notice of Grant Award or a Notice of Cooperative Agreement.
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals (096):
Renewals (097):
Extensions to the project period may be made if deemed appropriate by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and approved by the grants manager.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 10.%. Requires a minimum 10% non-federal match.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Grants and cooperative agreements are generally funded on a 12-month basis. Support beyond the first year is contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: on demand.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Annual FSR. quarterly and annual reports discribing progress, delays and next steps. No expenditure reports are required. Program Official reviews quarterly and annual reports to ensure adequate performance.
Audits (112):
No audits are required for this program.
Records (113):
In accordance with 45 CFR Part 74.53 and 45 CFR Part 92, grantees are to maintain accounting records for a minimum of 3 years after the end of a budget period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $2,895,169; FY 14 est $2,900,000; and FY 15 est $2,900,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
2 awards of $800,000 each; one award of $1,300,000 - average award $966,700.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Not Applicable.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Donald T. Oellerich 200 Independence Ave., Room 405F, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 2026908410 Fax: 2026906562
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The rating criteria and the weight attached to each criterion is included in the Federal Register announcement that requests project proposals. The criteria typically include such concerns as the significance and usefulness of the project; the appropriateness of the intervention/measurement methodology and design; the qualifications of personnel and the sponsoring organization; and the likelihood that the work plan and budget will produce the intended results.