Policy Research and Evaluation Grants

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.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Wisconsin System $ 2,615,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
University Of Wisconsin System $ 5,630,000   2016-09-302022-09-29
University Of Wisconsin System $ 4,100,000   2016-09-302021-09-29
University Of Wisconsin System $ 1,900,000   2016-09-302021-09-29
University Of Wisconsin System $ 4,030,186   2011-09-302017-09-29
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 3,556,735   2011-09-302017-09-29
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 0   2011-09-302016-09-29
University Of California, Davis $ 3,200,000   2011-09-302016-09-29
Georgia Health Information Network Inc $ 0   2015-09-112016-09-10
Rhode Island Quality Institute, The $ 0   2015-09-112016-09-10

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

Applicant Eligibility

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

Federal, State and local governments will benefit. (Note: Projects do not provide any direct assistance to individuals.


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. 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. 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 Procedures

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.


Not Applicable.


Social Security Act, Section 1110, 42 U.S.C. 1310.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.




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 Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 25%. Requires a minimum 25% non-federal match. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

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


Program reports are not applicable.

Annual FSR.

Quarterly and annual reports describing progress, delays and next steps.

No expenditure reports are required.

Program Official reviews quarterly and annual reports to ensure adequate performance.


No audits are required for this program.


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

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $2,050,000; and FY 18 est $1,900,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

for FY2016 one cooperative agreement award at estimated $1,900,000, In FY2017 the single award was increased to $2,050,000. For FY2018 it is estimated that the award will return to $1,900,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Donald T. Oellerich 200 Independence Ave., Room 405F, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: don.oellerich@hhs.gov Phone: 2026908410 Fax: 2026906562

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The rating criteria and the weight attached to each criterion is included in the funding opportunity announcement posted to grants.gov 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.

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