Transformation Initiative: Choice Neighborhoods Demonstration Small Research Grant Program

The purpose of this effort is to develop and implement small scale research projects that build upon the larger Choice Neighborhood Demonstration research project.

The goal of this research program is to fund research related to Choice Neighborhoods that complements the work already being funded
by HUD through the Choice baseline research project (C-CHI-01127/TO001).

Since the Choice baseline research project will focus on implementation grants in Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans, applicants are encouraged to identify research projects in other Choice Neighborhood implementation or planning grant sites.

Research projects in Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans will be eligible but the applicant must demonstrate how the proposed research would complement research already planned through the Choice baseline research project.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, the researcher?s salary; assistants to work on the project; protected release time for researchers who demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research; computer software; purchase of data; transcription services, and compensation for interviews.

1.

Funding will only be provided to applicants who meet the standards for eligible applicants. 2.

Grant funds awarded under this program may not be used to pay for computer hardware and/or meals. 3.

Funds will not be used to pay for activities outside of the scope of the NOFA.

4.

Fee or profit will not be paid for work done under this program. 5.

Applicants must comply with the Delinquent Federal Debt Requirement.

6.

Honorariums cannot be charged against awards under this program. 7.

Entities or individuals already involved in HUD-funded Choice Neighborhoods research under Tasks Order C-CH-01127/T001 cannot directly be funded. 8.

Travel expenses are not an eligible cost, in order to encourage applications from researchers located in the vicinity of the Choice Neighborhoods sites.

Applicants may fund travel from other sources of funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Since one purpose of this NOFA is to broaden the community of researchers working on Choice Neighborhoods, HUD will not directly fund entities or individuals already involved in HUD-funded Choice Neighborhoods research under Task Order C-CHI-01127/TO001.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The goal of this research program is to fund research related to Choice Neighborhoods that complements the work already being funded by HUD through the Choice baseline research project (C-CHI-01127/TO001). Since the Choice baseline research project will focus on implementation grants in Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans, applicants are encouraged to identify research projects in other Choice Neighborhood implementation or planning grant sites. Research projects in Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans will be eligible but the applicant must demonstrate how the proposed research would complement research already planned through the Choice baseline research project. 4 There are some substantial challenges in evaluating a program like Choice Neighborhoods. First, it is difficult to establish a convincing counterfactual of what would have happened to the neighborhood and its residents in the absence of the Choice Neighborhoods intervention. Second, because Choice Neighborhoods combines a variety of services and investments?related to housing, education, public safety, job training, etc.?it is difficult to explain why a particular approach does or doesn't work. Third, neighborhoods are dynamic?the people and businesses that participate in, or rely upon, a neighborhood are constantly changing. The Choice Neighborhoods investment may have benefits that accrue to individuals, businesses, or other entities not captured in the Choice baseline research project, which focuses on the neighborhood and the individuals living there at baseline. Applicants are encouraged to identify research that will overcome these challenges and provide clear evidence of the impact of Choice Neighborhoods. HUD is using this NOFA rather than a contract (or task order under the existing BPA) for two reasons: 1. To solicit research ideas that are related to Choice Neighborhoods, but that are not already apparent to HUD, and 2. To broaden the community of researchers working on Choice Neighborhoods. Proposals should identify research questions that will help to demonstrate the impacts of Choice Neighborhoods or to help improve the program.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. None

Award Procedures

Applications will be rated, ranked and awards will be made to the highest rated applications. HUD reserves the right to reduce the amount of funding requested in order to fund as many highly ranked applications as possible. Additionally, if funds remain after funding the highest ranked applications, HUD may fund part of the next highest-ranking application. If an applicant turns down the award offer, HUD will make an offer to the next highest-ranking application.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012, This program is approved by HUD?s authority and administered under the Transformation Initiative (TI) account. , Public Law 112-55.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

HUD does not intend to fund research that would be duplicative of work being funded through the Choice baseline research project, so applicants are advised to review HUD?s RFQ R-CHI-01091, published on February 22, 2011. Specifically, see Section G ? Attachment 1 ? Initial Task Order. This is available by email from Paul.A.Joice@hud.gov.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The maximum grant performance period is for 36 months (3 years). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports must be submitted electronically on a quarterly basis.

At the end of the grant performance period, researcher must submit to HUD two copies and a CD-ROM containing an electronic copy of the paper documenting the research finding in its final version, as well as a final report which summarizes the entire work and achievements conducted under this award.

Cash reports are not applicable.

All applicants that receive grant funds under this program are required to submit quarterly progress reports which describe the progress of the effort and the likelihood that it will be completed on time.

Financial reports must be included that reflects the cost incurred by budget line, as well as a cumulative summary of costs incurred during the reporting period.

Each grant's performance will be monitored.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Records must be kept in accordance with the program's terms and conditions.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0402-0-1-451.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - This program is approved by HUD?s research authority and administered under the Transformation Initiative (TI) account.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

An applicant may request up to $200,000 for an award, depending on the scope and scale of the proposed research. Awards under this NOFA will be made in the form of Cooperative Agreements. A Cooperative Agreement means that HUD will have substantial involvement during performance of the contemplated research project.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Sandra Susan Brunson 451 7th Street, Room 8230, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Susan.S.Brunson@hud.gov Phone: 2024023852

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

HUD will use the narrative response to the ―Rating Factors to evaluate, rate, and rank full applications. The narrative statement is the main source of information when rating and ranking applications. Therefore, it is very important that the researcher becomes fully familiar with the rating factors for the program.



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