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Authority to Accept Unsolicited Proposals for Research Partnerships Notice

This Notice announces that HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has the authority to accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities. In accordance with statutory requirements, the research proposals must be submitted by eligible applicants and provide cost sharing of at least 50 percent of total project cost from philanthropic entities or Federal, state, or local government agencies. This Notice announces that HUD is accepting research proposals for such research partnerships and provides a general description of information that should be included in any research proposal. The Department is interested in increasing participation of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) of higher education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in all program areas. Therefore, HUD seeks proposals from MSIs and HBCUs as well as from eligible entities that are not themselves MSIs and HBCUs but have developed a partnership with one or more MSIs and/or HBCUs.

Available Funds

HUD is making up to $2 million available for Lead and Healthy Homes Research Partnerships as described under Research Priorities B.5a and b above and approximately $1 million available for Research Partnerships for other topics. If HUD’s review of proposals for either Research Partnerships category does not identify proposals, in sufficient amount, for which it decides to award cooperative agreements for all the available funds, it will reallot the unused funds for other purposes authorized under the respective appropriations. Additional funds may become available for award as a result of HUD’s efforts to recapture unused funds or use carryover funds, or because of the availability of additional appropriated funds. Use of these funds will be subject to statutory constraints. 

*The number of awards will be based on the number of proposals HUD receives, reviews, approves, and funds.

Program Office: Office of Policy Development and Research

Funding Opportunity Title: Authority to Accept Unsolicited Proposals for Research Partnerships

FAIN Number: FR-6500-N-USP

Assistance Listing Number: 14.506

Estimated Opening Date: November 2, 2021

Estimated Deadline Date: June 30, 2022

Program Notice

Program FONSI

Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be evaluated as they are received. Available funds will be awarded as proposals are received, evaluated, and approved, until funds are exhausted. Unsolicited proposal - A valid unsolicited proposal must: (1) Be innovative; (2) Be independently originated and developed by the offeror; (3) Be prepared without Federal Government supervision, endorsement, direction, or direct Federal Government involvement; (4) Include sufficient detail to permit a determination that Federal Government support could be worthwhile and the proposed work could benefit the agency's research and development or other mission responsibilities; (5) Not be an advance proposal for a known agency requirement that Page 3 of 25 can be acquired by competitive methods; (6) Not be a result of a previous competitive announcement; and (7) Not be a concept paper.

Agency Contact:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this Unsolicited Proposal should Email: LeathaM.Blanks@hud.gov Katina.L.Jordan@hud.gov Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access these numbers 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.