National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition

To further achieve its mission, CNCS has a strong belief in the importance of research in order to identify effective strategies for national service and increase the evidence-base for its programs.

This means engaging the broader community of academic researchers involved in studying and evaluating
national service, volunteerism, and civic infrastructure.

The goal of this competition is to increase the nation?s understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of volunteering, national and community service, and/or civic engagement in America.

We are seeking applications that build on existing research in the field, address gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the study of national service.

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

CNCS maintains regional offices in most States.

Refer to the CNCS website for address and contact information:

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Carleton College $ 336,224   2018-10-012023-09-30
Colorado Seminary $ 294,234   2018-10-012023-09-30
Mississippi State University $ 272,960   2018-10-012023-09-30
Drexel University $ 359,983   2018-10-012023-09-30
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University $ 465,490   2018-10-012023-09-30
Trustees Of The Smith College, The $ 385,532   2018-10-012023-09-30
University Of Wisconsin System $ 86,485   2017-10-012021-09-30
Clemson University $ 77,661   2017-10-012021-09-30
University Of Maine System $ 234,696   2017-10-012021-09-30
University Of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. $ 359,273   2017-10-012021-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Grantees formulated a work plan, conducted research, and submitted reports for Year 1. They also attended conferences and the CNCS Research Summit. At the Research Summit they presented 1st year findings and created research posters. Fiscal Year 2017: Grantees continue to collect/analyze data and make presentations. Each grantee will submit a report for Year 2 and 5 of the 7 who received supplemental funding for a secondary research project will submit 2 papers. Grantees are presenting their preliminary findings in CNCS research webinars for internal staff and the public and will present at the Research Summit. A few are finalizing white papers that they are hoping to publish I journals. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Restrictions on use of funds are described in program?s Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Use of funds must be consistent with funded application, and are subject to CNCS?s grants administration laws, regulations and policies.

All appropriated funds awarded under this program are discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

See program?s Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Beneficiary Eligibility

See program?s Notice of Funding Opportunity.


Various records and forms required for first time applicants, as well as a copy of the applicant's last audit, may be requested. First time applicants must certify financial systems. 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. Please contact CNCS Headquarters for Application and Award Information.

Award Procedures

See program?s Notice of Funding Opportunity and application instructions for information on award procedures.


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


The National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended., Public Law 101-610, 42 U.S.C 12501.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.


From 60 to 90 days. CNCS does not offer an appeals process.


From 60 to 90 days. See program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

In 2015 the assistance was up to 3 years; in 2017 the assistance will be awarded for project periods up to two years; funding must be obligated during the award project period and liquidated by the end of the closeout period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


See program announcement for program reporting guidance.

Cash management reports are required.

CNCS uses the US HHS Payment Management System for payments and cash management reporting.

Progress reporting requirements are described in the awarded grant terms and conditions or provisions.

CNCS collects Federal Financial Reports (FFRs).

FFRs are collected electronically by the HHS Payment Management System for CNCS.

CNCS and its award recipients are required to practice risk-based monitoring and routine field and desk-based oversight of all project/grant awards and expenditures.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. CNCS grants are subject to audit by CNCS employees, the CNCS Inspector General, the Government Accountability Office, and auditors contracted by CNCS.


Grant recipients must maintain all grant financial and program records for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Federal Financial Report for the award. This includes but is not limited to all financial records including receipts, disbursements, and vouchers for federal and non-federal costs; time cards, copies of all contracts, personnel records, and job descriptions; program execution and performance records, criminal history checks, and similar records to reflect all activities and spending performed under the award. Note that all individuals receiving a salary, living allowance, stipend, National Trust Education Award or similar compensation through a national service program funded by CNCS must first clear a National Service Criminal History Check and those check records must be maintained within grant records.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $1,300,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - A third year of funding is being offered for 2015 cohort. A new competition was initiated in 2017 for a new cohort.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

See program?s Notice of Funding Opportunity for matching information.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. CNCS maintains regional offices in most States. Refer to the CNCS website for address and contact information:

Headquarters Office

Andrea Robles 250 E St SW, Wahshington , District of Columbia 20525 Email: Phone: 2026066687

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposal selection criteria are described in the program's Notice of Funding Opportunity.

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