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14.506 General Research and Technology Activity

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

AUTHORIZATION:

Housing Act of 1970, Title V, as amended.
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To carry out research, demonstration and program evaluation and monitoring projects of high priority and pre-selected by the Department to improve the operations of the Department's programs.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

A limited number of grants are awarded to offerors of unsolicited solicited research proposals that meet the needs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Research relating to: national housing needs; low income housing and housing assistance; effects of welfare reform on assisted housing; the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) activities to develop new technologies; public finance and urban economic development; research in support of Government-Sponsored Enterprises activities; international activities; and evaluation and monitoring of existing and new housing and community development programs are areas of interest. Grants and cooperative agreements are available to State and local governments, industry, nonprofit and academic institutions. UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS: Unsolicited proposals are reviewed in accordance with this program's "Guidelines for Unsolicited Proposals," but because there are no undesignated funds, relatively few can be funded, and only by displacing an already planned project. Cost-sharing is required. In general, funds are not available for: (1) research of primarily local nature and benefits, (2) institutional support, operating funds, IT projects, and (3) development of marketable products.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   State and local governments, academic institutions, public and/or private profit and nonprofit organizations which have authority and capacity to carry out projects.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   State and local governments, academic institutions, public and/or private profit and nonprofit organizations which have authority and capacity to carry out projects.

Credentials/Documentation:   Capacity and capability of applicant to perform research by grant or cooperative agreement under this program.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Contact the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research for unsolicited proposals. Contact the Office of Procurement and Contracts for information related to competitive solicitations. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Response to HUD request for proposals issued by the Office of Procurement and Contracts is the normal method. Unsolicited proposals that are original in concept and meet program objectives are also considered; however, funds are not set aside specifically for this purpose, and unsolicited proposals must compete with and displace HUD-originated research requirements to be considered for funding. Unsolicited proposals require cost-sharing (proposer bears a share of all cost). No fee is allowed. Grants under this program are subject to modified provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 with more intensive planning and progress reporting. Cost-reimbursement upon approved progress is preferred payment method. Cooperative agreements are governed by special, OMB-approved agreement provisions drawn from A- 110 and other sources to meet needs of this program.

Award Procedure:   The applicant will negotiate with HUD on the award amount and scope of work of the proposal. The headquarters office closely monitors research performance.

Deadlines:   As specified in request for proposals.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   As identified in request for proposals for competitive awards; 60 to 120 days for unsolicited proposals.

Appeals:   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research for unsolicited proposals. Office of Procurement and Contracts for all contractual matters.

Renewals:   As provided in agreement arrangements, if any.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Agreements may be either cost reimbursable or fixed price in nature. Unsolicited proposals resulting in an award are required to be cost shared.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   As specified in the contractual agreement. Awards usually will not exceed twelve months.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   As specified in agreements.

Audits:   Accounts and records of the project are subject to audit by the Federal government at any time. The number of audits depends on the length of the project and the nature of the agreement. A final audit will be made for most agreements.

Records:   Full and accurate records must be maintained with respect to all matters covered in the agreement.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   86-0108-0-1-451.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $52,800,915; FY 02 est $49,717,942; and FY 03 est $46,550,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
$15,000 - $20,000,000.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
There were 19 grants awarded in fiscal year 2001. Research and demonstration programs are underway in the following major areas: low-income housing; public housing; the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) activities to develop new technologies; Government-Sponsored Enterprises' activities; fair housing practices; community and urban economic development; and international activities. Additionally, there are program evaluation and monitoring projects underway.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Guidelines for Submitting Unsolicited Proposals.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   Dorothy E. Faison, 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: dorothy.e.faison@Hud.Gov Phone: (202) 402-5840 Fax: (202) 708-5171.

Web Site Address:  
https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Not applicable.

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