Transformation Initiative Research Grants: Sustainable Community Research Grant Program

The purpose of this effort is to fill key data and information gaps, and to begin to develop and evaluate policy alternatives that communities can adopt to facilitate decision making about various community investments.

Additionally, the HUD believes that the results from the program will enable
the department to develop a broader sustainability agenda beyond current departmental priorities, as well as any future efforts or initiatives that may be considered based on the results of the research.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Chattanooga Housing Authority $ 66,205   2012-09-262016-09-30
Housing Authority Of Cook County $ 184,330   2012-08-292016-09-30
Long Beach Housing Author $ 120,039   2012-08-302016-09-30
Mamaroneck, Town Of $ 31,874   2012-08-132016-09-30
Laredo Housing Authority $ 59,125   2012-08-222016-09-16
University Of Texas At Austin $ 121,312   2013-09-232016-06-01
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 249,791   2013-09-232016-04-30
University Of Miami-$ 41,605   2011-09-292013-09-30
Arizona State University $ 0   2015-05-272013-09-30
Urban Institute,the $ 3,964,303   2011-01-132013-09-20

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds awarded under this NOFA must be used to support direct costs incurred in the timely completion of the research product.

Eligible costs include, but are not limited to, the researcher?s salary, associates to work on the project, protected/release time to demonstrate the need for a period of intensive reserach, computer software, data purchases, travel expenses to collect data or to make presentations at meetings, transcription services, and compensation for interviews.


Funding will only be provided to researchers 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.

Fee or profit will not be paid for work done under this program. 4.

Applicants must comply with the Delinquent Federal Debt Requirement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nationally recognized and accredited institutes of higher education; non-profit foundations, research consortia or policy institutes; for-profit organizations located in the U.S.

and contract research institutions or academic entities that will sponsor a researcher or experts as the applicant.

However, the sponsored researcher assumes the sole responsibility for the completion of the application and conducting the research.

In addition, the researcher must meet the following program requirements: a.Be a U.S.

citizen or U.S.

national (such as a person born in the Swains Island or American Samoa) within the meaning of 8 U.S.C.

§ 1408, or be a lawful permanent resident (a recipient of an Alien Registration Recipient Card-Form I-551, commonly referred to as a Green Card), or other qualified alien (such as, an alien who has been granted asylum or refugee status) within the meaning of 8 U.S.C.

§ 1651(b); and b.

The proposed research project can be completed within the 24 months grant performance period.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The purpose of this NOFA is to inform the research community of the opportunity to submit grant applications to fund quality research under the broad subject area of sustainable development. HUD is primarily interested in sponsoring cutting edge research in the areas of affordable housing development and preservation; transportation-related issues; economic development and job creation; land use planning and urban design; green and sustainable energy practices; and a range of issues related to sustainability.


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.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applications will be rated, ranked and awards will be 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 a researcher turns down the award offer, HUD will make an offer to the next highest-ranking application.


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


Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (Public Law 111-117 approved December 16, 2009). This program is approved by HUD?s authority and administered under the Transformation Initiative (TI) account.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The process for applying for a grant through this NOFA involves a two-step process. First, applicants are invited to submit a preliminary application for funding consideration. Second, if the preliminary application is selected for further consideration, the researcher will be requested to submit a full application for funding consideration within 30 days after the closing date of this NOFA.


Not Applicable.


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 24 months (2 years). Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports must be submitted electronically.

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 researchers that receive grant funds under this program are required to submit a quarterly progress report which describes 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.


Not Applicable.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



(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 a minimum of $150,000, up to $500,000 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.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Sandra Susan Brunson, 451 7th Street, SW, Room 8230, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: (202) 402-3852.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for selecting proposals will be listed in the NOFA.

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