FY 2021 Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies (LHHTS) Grant Program Pre- and Full Application

HUD is funding studies to improve HUD's and the public's knowledge of housing-related health and safety hazards and to improve or develop new hazard assessment and control methods, with a focus on lead and other key residential health and safety hazards. HUD is especially interested in applications that will advance our knowledge on priority healthy homes issues by addressing important gaps in the science related to the accurate and efficient identification of hazards and the implementation of cost-effective hazard mitigation. This includes studies using implementation sciences in identifying specific conditions under which residential environmental hazard interventions that have been shown to be effective in specific housing types and residential settings can be assessed in other contexts.

(1). Lead Technical Studies (LTS)
The overall goal of the LTS grant program is to gain knowledge to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods for evaluation and control of residential lead-based paint hazards. Through this Program, HUD is working to fulfill the requirements of sections 1051 and 1052 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X) (42 U.S.C. §§ 4854 and 4854a) which directs HUD to conduct research on topics which include the development of improved methods for evaluating and reducing lead-based paint hazards in housing, among others.

Brief descriptions of active and previously funded LTS projects can be found on HUD's website at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes.

Where appropriate, you are encouraged to build your proposed study upon HUD-sponsored work that has been previously completed, in addition to other relevant research (i.e., reported in the published literature). The results of the applicable aspects of LTS will be used in part to update HUD's Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing (Guidelines) and other HUD policy guidance. For supporting references, including where to find the Guidelines, see Appendix B.

(2). Healthy Homes Technical Studies (HHTS)
The overall goal of the HHTS Program is to advance the recognition and control of priority residential health and safety hazards and more closely examine the link between housing and health. The overall objectives of the Program include but are not limited to:
(a). Development and evaluation of cost-effective test methods and protocols for the identification and assessment of housing-related hazards.
(b). Development and assessment of cost-effective methods for reducing or eliminating housing-related hazards.
(c). Evaluation of the effectiveness of housing interventions and barriers and incentives affecting future use of the most cost-effective strategies.
(d). Supporting translational and implementation research studies which involve the adaptation and use of effective healthy homes intervention strategies in different housing types, residential settings, and populations.
(e). Investigation of the epidemiology of housing-related hazards and illness and injuries associated with these hazards, with an emphasis on low income, vulnerable populations (e.g., children, senior citizens, etc.).
(f). Analysis of existing data or generation of new data to improve knowledge regarding the prevalence and severity of specific hazards in various types of housing and by demographic characteristics of residents, with a focus on low-income housing.
(g).  Improved understanding of the relationship between a residential exposure and illness or injury of children or other vulnerable populations. (Note: Applicants that propose this type of study should discuss how the knowledge that is gained from the study could be used in a program to reduce these hazards in target communities). 

HUD anticipates that the results of program-supported studies will help to develop evidence-based approaches that are cost-effective and efficient and will result in the reduction of health threats for the maximum number of residents and, in particular, children and other vulnerable populations (e.g., the elderly) in low-income households. Study results are also expected to improve our understanding of how specific aspects of the indoor environment can affect the health of residents.

Funding of approximately $ 7,000,000 is available through this NOFO. Of the $7,000,000 available through this NOFO, up to $2,000,000 is available for the LTS grant program and $5,000,000 is available for the HHTS grant program. HUD expects to make approximately 13 awards from the funds available under this NOFO.

Preference Points: This NOFO offers 2 points for either Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Designation.

Program Office: Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

Funding Opportunity Title: Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies (LHHTS)

Assistance Listing  Number: 14.902 & 14.906

FAIN (FR) Number:  FR-6500-N-15

OMB Approval Numbers: 2539-0015

Estimated Opening Date: May 20, 2021

Estimated Deadline Date: June 21, 2021

Agency Contact:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to j.kofi.berko@hud.gov. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications.

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