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Grants to USA Scholars Associated With Tribes, Agencies, IHEs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits for Research Related to Early Childhood Programs

Secondary Analyses of Head Start Data


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.600
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-OPRE-YR-0247
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/24/23
Deadline: 05/12/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories scholars associated with tribes, government agencies, IHEs, nonprofit organizations, and for-profits for research related to early childhood programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support researchers conducting secondary analyses of data to address key questions of relevance to Head Start programs and policies.

The following specific goals of the grants are to:

  • Address topics of current relevance to the goals and outcomes of HS programs;
  • Encourage active communication, networking, and collaboration among prominent HS researchers and policymakers; and
  • Increase the capacity of HS researchers to analyze existing data sets and disseminate their findings to multiple audiences

Funding Priorities:

Priority Population 1: Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Communities, Tribal Communities, and Other Historically Underserved or Marginalized Communities

In accordance with Executive Order 13985 on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities through the Federal Government, ACF is interested in secondary analyses that leverage an equity and strength-based lens to provide insights into how families from historically underserved or marginalized communities access and benefit from HS programs, systematic differences in staff and family experiences with HS programs, and factors associated with any differences. 

Priority Population 2: Infants, Toddlers, and Expectant Families

ACF is interested in secondary analyses that examine EHS programs and the comprehensive child development and family support services they provide to infants, toddlers, and expectant families.

For more information on the above funding priorities, see Page 4 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents, below.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is open to organizations/entities that apply on behalf of researchers who hold doctorate or equivalent degrees in their respective fields, conduct research as a primary professional responsibility, and have been first or second author on publications in peer-reviewed research journals.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity.

Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Pre-Application Information
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 03/24/2023
- Due Dates for Applications: 05/12/2023

Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on the due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.4. Submission Dates and Times. Electronic applications submitted to after 11:59 pm ET on the due date, as indicated by a dated and time-stamped email from, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this funding opportunity. That is, applications submitted to, on or after 12:00 am ET on the day after the due date will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this funding opportunity.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $100,000
Award Floor: $90,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2023

Length of Project Periods: 18-month project period and budget period

Contact Information
Letters of intent should be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to the following address:
OPRE Review Team: Secondary Analyses of HS/EHS Data
c/o ICF International
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

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