Department of Labor Chief Evaluation Office

A key way that the Department of Labor (DOL) examines the impact of the agencies? programs and policies is by conducting rigorous research and evaluation studies that allow DOL to learn systematically about and improve the effectiveness of programs and services.

These grants are designed to increase
the capacity of educational institutions and researchers to rigorously examine critical issues in labor and workforce for the benefit of the general public.

The purpose of these grants is to increase awareness and build the capacity of the American people to understand critical issues in labor.

Agency - Department of Labor

The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Regents Of The University Of California, San Francisco, The $ 249,974   2017-01-182019-11-17
Cornell University $ 249,049   2017-01-182019-09-30
Cornell University $ 207,514   2017-01-182019-09-15
Regents Of The University Of Michigan $ 177,069   2017-01-182019-08-31
Regents Of The University Of California, The $ 249,916   2017-01-182019-05-17
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. $ 247,745   2017-01-182019-04-01
University Of Massachusetts $ 248,209   2017-01-182019-03-17
Trustees Of Tufts College Inc $ 110,994   2017-01-182019-01-18
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 83,321   2017-01-182019-01-17
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

These grants are for researchers and research institutions to undertake research and evaluation on topics related to the labor force and the American worker.

Applicants are encouraged to propose innovate and relevant research projects for these grants.

The applicant must demonstrate capability to conduct rigorous evaluation methods to conduct research envisioned in the grants.

These grants are for researchers and research institutions to undertake research and evaluation on topics related to the labor force and the American worker.

Applicants are encouraged to propose innovate and relevant research projects for these grants.

The applicant must demonstrate capability to conduct rigorous evaluation methods to conduct research envisioned in the grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The following organizations are eligible to apply: ? Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education ? Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions ? Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions ? Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized) ? Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized) ? Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization ? Private Institution of Higher Education ? Hispanic-serving Institution ? Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) ? Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs).

Beneficiary Eligibility



The applicant must provide information on the applicant institution?s current mission, structure, staffing, and relevant experience. The applicant should describe how these factors contribute to the ability of the institution to conduct the research and meet grant expectations. The applicant shall also identify the grant?s key research staff. Curriculum Vitae (CVs) of proposed staff members shall be included as a separate attachment to the application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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

A technical merit review panel will carefully evaluate applications against the selection criteria to determine the merit of applications. These criteria are based on the policy goals, priorities, and emphases set forth in this FOA. Up to 100 points may be awarded to an applicant, depending on the quality of the responses provided. The final scores (which may include the mathematical normalization of review panels) will serve as the primary basis for selection of applications for funding. The panel results are advisory in nature and not binding on the Grant Officer. The Grant Officer reserves the right to make selections based solely on the final scores or to take into consideration other relevant factors when applicable. Such factors may include the geographic distribution of funds and/or other relevant factors. The Grant Officer may consider any information that comes to his/her attention. The government may elect to award the grant(s) with or without discussions with the applicant. Should a grant be awarded without discussions, the award will be based on the applicant?s signature on the SF-424, including electronic signature via E-Authentication on , which constitutes a binding offer by the applicant.


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


Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Title I, Section Division H, 244 Stat. 379.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.


Other - Not Specified.


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

Depending on the nature of the research, applicants may propose up to a 36- month period of performance. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Grantees are required to work on a quarterly basis with the designated Grant Officers Technical Representative to describe the progress of the identified research in the grant.

Quarterly Financial Status Report (ETA 9130) is required until such time as all funds have been expended or the grant period has expired.

Quarterly reports are due 45 days after the end of each calendar year quarter.

On the final Financial Status Report, you must include any subaward amounts so we can calculate final indirect costs, if applicable.

You must use DOL?s Online Electronic Reporting System and information and instructions will be provided to grantees.

You must submit a quarterly progress report within 45 days after the end of each calendar year quarter.

The report must include quarterly information on grant activities, performance goals, and milestones.

The last quarterly progress report will serve as the grant?s Final Performance Report.

This report must provide both quarterly and cumulative information on the grant activities.

It must summarize project activities, employment outcomes and other deliverables, and related results of the project, and must thoroughly document the training or labor market information approaches that you used.

We will provide you with formal guidance about the data and other information that is required to be collected and reported on either a regular basis or special request basis.


No audits are required for this program.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

16-0165-0-1-505 - Departmental Program Evaluation.


(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $1,968,946; and FY 18 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jessica Lohmann U.S. Department of Labor Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Avenue NW Room S2312, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: Phone: 2026935087

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

We have instituted procedures for assessing the technical merit of applications to provide for an objective review of applications and to assist you in understanding the standards against which your application will be judged. The evaluation criteria are based on the information required in the application as described in the FOA. Reviewers will award points based on the evaluation criteria described in the rating criteria section of the FOA.

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