Social Security Research and Demonstration

(1) To conduct social, economic, and demographic research on topics important to the Social Security Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs and the current and future well-being of their beneficiaries; (2) to develop and carry out experiments and research
demonstration projects to determine the efficacy of: (a) alternative ways of rehabilitating beneficiaries and encouraging their return to work; and (b) modifying conditions applicable to such beneficiaries including: (i) early referral for rehabilitation services; and (ii) greater use of employers and others in the rehabilitation and placement process.

Agency - Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the nation's people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Policy Research, Inc. $ 1,200,000   2016-09-012022-08-31
Policy Research, Inc. $ 300,000   2016-09-012021-08-31
Policy Research, Inc.-$ 196,252   2011-09-012017-08-31
Policy Research, Inc. $ 1,350,000   2011-09-012017-08-31
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are awarded for innovative research and demonstrations which add to existing knowledge and improve methods and techniques for the management, administration, and effectiveness of Social Security Administration (SSA) programs.

Grant funds may not be used for construction or major renovation of buildings.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants applying for grant funds may include State and local governments, educational institutions, hospitals, public and private organizations, and nonprofit and profit organizations.

Private individuals are not eligible to apply.

Profit organizations may apply with the understanding that no grant funds may be paid as profit to grant recipients.

Profit is considered any amount in excess of the allowable costs of the grant recipient.

A profit organization is a corporation or other legal entity that is organized or operated for the profit or benefit of its shareholders or other owners and must be distinguishable or legally separable from that of an individual acting on his/her own behalf.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State agencies, local governments, educational institutions, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and profit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funding.


Costs and administrative requirements for grantees will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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. SSA prefers that applications be submitted electronically through The, 'Getting Started' webpage is available to help explain the registration and application submission process. If applicants experience problems with the steps related to registering to do business with the Federal government or application submission, the first point of contact is the support staff at If difficulties are not resolved, applicants may also contact the SSA Grants Management Team for assistance. Applicants without Internet access should contact the Grants Management Office for further information on applying. Please send inquiries to Also, SSA grant program announcements and application information can be obtained from the SSA/OAG Internet site at: To be considered for a grant award, all applicants must complete the prescribed application forms and submit them to the Grants Management Team. The application shall be executed by an individual authorized to act for the applicant agency or organization and who will assume the obligations imposed by the terms and conditions of the grant. As part of the project title, the applicant must clearly indicate whether the application submitted is in response to a priority area identified in a program announcement, and must reference the applicable priority area (e.g., '001') in which it is competing. At least three independent reviewers prepare written assessments of each program-relevant grant application. Applications found irrelevant to program objectives are returned to the applicants.

Award Procedures

OAG provides a Notice of Grant Award (or a Notice of Cooperative Agreement Award) as official notice for approved applications. The notice indicates award amount, the purpose of the award, award terms and conditions, the budget period, the anticipated project period, and the grantee's cost-sharing requirement.


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


Social Security Act of 1935, Executive Order Title II and Title XVI, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 401-433, 902, 1310, 1381-1388c, Title II, Section 1110.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Generally, 3 to 6 months after the closing date established in the Federal Register announcement.


There are no formal appeal procedures. If an application is not approved, the reasons will be stipulated in the denial notice.


Grants can be extended and continued via formal application, which is subject to approval. If an application is recommended for approval for 2 or more budget years, the grantee must submit a formal request for funding continuation each year accompanied by a progress report. This will be evaluated prior to a recommendation of continuation of funding.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are usually granted for a period of 12 to 17 months. Funds, however, can be granted for a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 60 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: grant or cooperative agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports may be required depending on the program.

The Federal Financial Report - SF 425 is required periodically depending on the program.

Reports may be annual or quarterly depending on the program.

Expenditures are reported using the Federal Financial Report SF 425.

Performance milestones are reported in the progress report.


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. Audits are required in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart F.


Grantees must maintain financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to an award for 3 years. In the event of an audit, records must be maintained until all questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $11,293,230; FY 17 est $11,293,230; and FY 18 est $11,293,230

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $275,000 to $2,065,938 and Average $1,613,318.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dionne J. Mitchell Social Security Administration Office of Acquisition and Grants 1540 Robert M. Ball Building 6401 Security Boulevard , Baltimore, Maryland 21235 Email: Phone: 4109659534

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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