Grants

OPRE makes grants to support research in areas such as child care, Head Start and Early Head Start, child welfare, home visiting, welfare and employment, strengthening families and healthy marriage, and family and youth services. We do not make grants to individuals or for direct services. 

Grant Forecast

Behavioral Interventions Scholars

The Behavioral Interventions Scholars grants aim to support research by advanced graduate students using behavioral economics or behavioral science approaches to examine questions of relevance to issues facing low-income and other vulnerable families in the United States and the social services programs and policies that serve them.

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Child Care Dissertation Grants

The Child Care Dissertation Grants aim to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with a Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) agency or administrator and faculty mentor. The grants focus on supporting research that may inform child care policy decision-making and program administration.

Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Dissertation Grants

The Head Start Dissertation Grants aim to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and faculty mentors. The grants focus on supporting research that may inform local, state, or federal policy and are relevant to Head Start and other early care and education settings.

Family Strengthening Scholars

The Family Strengthening Scholars grants aim to support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus on questions that have direct implications for healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. These grants are intended to address issues of significance to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations (e.g., low-income families, minority populations), utilize rigorous research methodology (including primary data collection and/or secondary data analysis), and help inform the development of future intervention research.

Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education Grants

These grants aim to support researchers using existing data sets to address key early care and education questions of relevance to the goals and outcomes of programs administered through the ACF.

Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood Development and Systems

The Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood Development and Systems Cooperative Agreement aims to promote excellence in community-based participatory research and evaluation of ACF early childhood initiatives that serve tribal communities. The settings to be considered include home visiting programs, early care and education center-based programs, home-based and family child care providers, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Funding Opportunities

Calendar

Want to know about upcoming funding opportunities?

Visit the HHS Grants Forecast website and sort by the ACF operational division to receive information about upcoming funding opportunities.

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Last Reviewed: December 6, 2019