OPRE makes grants to support research in areas such as child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, welfare and employment, strengthening families and healthy marriage, and family and interoperability and data sharing. We do not make grants to individuals or for direct services.
FY21 Grant Forecasts and Funding Opportunity Announcements
The Behavioral Interventions Scholars grants aim to support research by advanced graduate students using behavioral economics or behavioral science approaches to examine questions of relevance to issues facing low-income and other vulnerable families in the United States and the social services programs and policies that serve them.
The Center for Research on African American Children and Families grant will support a research center to lead and support research on the needs of African American populations served by ACF and promising approaches to promoting social and economic well-being among low-income African American populations. This Center would ideally bring together a diverse, inclusive, culturally sensitive, and interdisciplinary team of academic and organizational partners to provide leadership on culturally competent research that can inform policies concerning low-income African American populations and to foster significant scholarship regarding the needs and experiences of the diverse African American population throughout the nation.
Coordinated Evaluations of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies and Initiatives Visit disclaimer page
The Coordinated Evaluations of CCDF Policies and Initiatives research projects will be conducted through partnerships between CCDF lead agencies in states, territories, or tribes and researchers from institutions of higher education, research organizations, and other eligible organizations. The projects will pursue research questions of national and state relevance and conduct evaluations to assess the efficacy of selected child care subsidy policies and quality improvement initiatives that support employment and self-sufficiency outcomes for parents, increase low-income families’ access to high quality child care programs, and promote positive learning and school readiness outcomes for children. The evaluations will be conducted by the grantees and coordinated by an external research organization.
The Head Start Dissertation Grants aim to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and faculty mentors. The grants focus on supporting research that may inform local, state, or federal policy and are relevant to Head Start and other early care and education settings.
The Child Care Dissertation Grants aim to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agency or administrator and faculty mentor. The grants focus on supporting research that may inform child care policy decision-making and program administration.
The Family Self-Sufficiency Demonstration Development grants aim to support planning for and execution of evaluation-related activities by eligible entities that serve low-income families with children. Participating organizations will not only contribute to the evidence base on interventions serving low-income families with children but also increase their capacity to conduct research and evaluation, use data to improve program outcomes, and demonstrate the value of their program to stakeholders.
Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for ECE Workforce Well-Being Visit disclaimer page
The FY21 Head Start University Partnership grant program will award up to eight cooperative agreements to support projects that will contribute to the knowledge base regarding the individual, program, and community factors that are associated with the well-being of Head Start and/or Early Head Start education staff (i.e., teachers and assistant teachers) and carry out rigorous evaluations of approaches expected to improve well-being.
The ACF Human Services Interoperability Innovations (HSII) demonstration grants will aim to expand data sharing efforts by state, local, and tribal governments to improve human services program delivery, and to identify novel data sharing approaches that can be replicated in other jurisdictions. The grants will focus on addressing longstanding barriers to interoperability, including data standards, technology, business, legal, organizational, and process-oriented factors.