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New Dissertation Research Funding Opportunity from OPRE/ACF/HHS



The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently published a funding opportunity announcement for grants to support dissertation research by doctoral students using behavioral science approaches to study questions related to social services programs and policies. These grants are intended to build the capacity of the research field to apply a behavioral science lens to issues facing low-income families and other vulnerable groups in the United States. 

Behavioral Interventions Scholars Opportunity
Under the new Behavioral Interventions Scholars (BIS) grant program, OPRE is soliciting applications for grants to support dissertation research that will contribute to the empirical evidence in the field of behavioral science specifically as applied to human services. The grants are available to scholars who are engaged in behavioral science research of relevance to ACF programs and populations. Additionally, the grants are intended to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members or other experienced researchers and advanced graduate students, and thus the capacity for future research. Research topics of interest are outlined in the funding opportunity announcement: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-OPRE-PD-1201.

The maximum grant award is $25,000 per budget period, for either a 12- or 24-month project period. Eligible entities may apply for the grant on behalf of a principal investigator who will serve as the mentor for the doctoral student undertaking the research. Applications are due July 3, 2017.

The BIS grants are a component of OPRE’s Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) portfolio of projects, which explore ways to apply insights from the behavioral sciences to improve the operations, implementation, and efficacy of the human services programs and policies administered by ACF. To learn more about work in this portfolio, visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/behavioral-interventions-to-advance-self-sufficiency-bias-research-portfolio. If you have any questions about the BIS funding opportunity, please email behavioralscholars@icfi.com or call (877) 350-5913.