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African American Child and Family Research Center

Cooperative Agreement to a Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency, IHE, or Tribal
Entity for Research on the Needs of African American Populations

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

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Deadline Date:

07/12/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt (Electronic applications) or 4:30 PM ET Receipt (Paper applications)


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Cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit or for-profit organization, agency, IHE, business, community or faith-based organization, or Tribal entity for research on the needs of African American populations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for an African American Child and Family Research Center (hereafter referred to as "Center"), to lead and support research on the needs of African American populations served by ACF and promising approaches to promote social and economic well-being among low-income African American populations. This research Center would ideally bring together a diverse, inclusive, culturally sensitive, and interdisciplinary team of academic and organizational partners to provide leadership on  culturally competent research that can inform policies concerning low-income African American populations and to foster significant scholarship regarding the needs and experiences of the diverse African American population throughout the nation.

Through a combination of research, capacity building, and communication activities, this Center will ideally address a range of relevant issues including, but not limited to: a) definition and measurement of the experiences of African American individuals, families, and communities; b) identification of barriers and facilitators of service utilization by African American populations; c) examination of strategies to promote the social and economic well-being of African American children and families; and d) evaluation of promising approaches for serving African American populations. The Center will be expected to develop research products, resources, and a comprehensive communication plan that aims to build research capacity in the field and improve understanding of African American populations in order to inform policy development and programmatic responses. The Center will focus broadly on child care and early education, employment, economic mobility, wealth, and children's healthy development and learning. Key topics of interest are identified below in the Funding Opportunity Announcement and include, but are not limited to, research regarding: educational and employment experiences and outcomes; experiences with human services; discrimination; effects of criminal justice system involvement; program evaluation; and distinctive experiences in rural, suburban and urban areas.

ACF is providing the support for the Center to highlight and advance research on African American populations. By focusing on research that is culturally rigorous and informed by current and historical circumstances, the Center provides an opportunity to broaden current conceptualizations about appropriate research methods for studying African American families; ground research in contextual factors that shape their assets, needs, and experiences; and, ultimately, enhance understanding of ACF programs and service delivery.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196231

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $1,800,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $1,800,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021
- Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12- month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are required to show the entity's proposed Principal Investigator(s) [PI(s), who will serve as Center Director(s)] has the credentials and experience for conducting high-quality research.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Post Date: 05/12/2021
- Letter of Intent Due Date: 06/11/2021. Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. The letter of intent is optional.
- Application Due Date: 07/12/2021. Electronic applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of mailed, paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET.

Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format.

Required Registrations:
- All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)
- In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM).
- The next step in the registration process is to create an account with

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

This program is covered under Executive Order (E.O.) 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," and 45 CFR Part 100, "Intergovernmental Review of Department of Health and Human Services Programs and Activities." Applicants should go to the following URL for the official list of the jurisdictions that have elected to participate in E.O. 12372 Applicants from participating jurisdictions should contact their SPOC, as soon as possible, to alert them of their prospective applications and to receive instructions on their jurisdiction's procedures.

Cost Sharing/Matching Requirement: Yes. For more information, see

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the letter of intent via email to

Application submission by mail or hand delivery:
African American Child and Family Research Center
c/o ICF
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Program Office Contact
Megan Reid
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Phone: (202) 401-4619

Office of Grants Management Contact
Bridget Shea Westfall
Phone: (202) 401-5542

Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street SW.
Washington, DC 20201

CFDA Number:

93.647, 93.595, 93.575, 93.600

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