FY 2022 HBCU Research Center of Excellence

The purpose of this grant is to conduct research projects on multiple topics of strategic interest to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s 2022-26 Learning Agenda (https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sites/default/files/pdf/HUD-Learning-Agenda.pdf) identifies HUD’s priority learning and research questions, consistent with the Departmental objectives and goals described in the 2022-26 Strategic Plan (https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CFO/documents/FY2022-2026HUDStrategicPlan.pdf).

Research on topics highlighted in the Learning Agenda will enable the establishment of up to three additional Historically Black College and Universities Center(s) of Excellence (COE) or additional funding to a COE that received partial funding under the previous COE NOFO. In addition to the topics listed in the Learning Agenda, applicants are invited to submit research proposals including a broad range of topics related to the built environment. The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list of possible topics: building codes, standards, and construction technologies (including factory-built housing and components); land use planning and housing issues related to “green” construction and energy efficiency; disaster preparedness and climate resilient construction; and housing and community planning addressing the needs of multiple age, income, and accessibility groups. Topics may address retrofit or rehabilitation of existing structures, new construction, or both. The research projects are intended to initiate an ongoing series of reports focused on housing, community, and economic development in underserved communities that can serve as national, local, or regional benchmarks and assist in support of COE(s) that expand the housing and community development research efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). For benchmark comparisons, applicants are encouraged to consider the work of other university based housing research centers such as Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida, and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California Berkeley, that sometimes focus on national issues, but largely focus on local or regional housing and community development issues. The research projects, proposed by the awardee, will focus on topics of interest to the Department about underserved communities from the unique perspective of institutions that are often located in, and serve the residents of underserved communities. Page 5 of 39 The COE should take a multidisciplinary approach to housing and community development research, and through innovative methods study the social and economic factors that create healthy communities. Ultimately, the purpose of the COE should be to influence policy at the local, state, and national levels, providing evidence-based innovative approaches to community development based on research it undertakes.

Funding of approximately $5,500,000 is available through this NOFO. Additional funds may become available for award under this NOFO. Use of these funds might be subject to statutory constraints or other requirements. All awards are subject to the funding restrictions contained in this NOFO. Subject to appropriations, HUD also reserves the right to award FY 2023 funds based on this NOFO competition pursuant to Section VI.A.d.

Program NOFO

Preference Points This NOFO offers 2 points for partnering with a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)

Program Office: Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R)

Funding Opportunity Title: HBCU Research Center of Excellence

Assistance Listing  Number: 14.536

FAIN (FR) Number:  FR-6600-N-29F

OMB Approval Numbers: 2528-0299

Estimated Opening Date: August 29, 2022

Estimated Deadline Date:  December 22, 2022


Agency Contact:  Questions regarding specific program requirements for this NOFO should be directed to: Kinnard Wright Email Address Kinnard.D.Wright@hud.gov  or Contact Phone 202-402-7495

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