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Child Development Research Fellowship Program




August 3, 2023



March 29, 2024





Award Floor:



Match Required?





Entity Types:

State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Nonprofits (without 501(c)(3) status)

Applicant organizations must have professional development of academic researchers as a core organizational activity. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity. 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. 2000bbet 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.




Source Type:


The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) expects to fund a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Child Development Research Fellowship, which will allow child development professionals from the academic community the opportunity to actively participate in policy-relevant research activities associated with ACF programs. The goal of the fellowship program is to expose researchers to policy environments, particularly at the federal level, whereby they gain skills and expertise for policy-relevant research. The program is intended to stimulate the fellow's knowledge of child development research and evaluation, particularly regarding services for low income children and families, and to inform their process of developing long-term, policy-relevant research and evaluation agendas. The public will benefit from the increased availability of researchers highly skilled and experienced in policy and program-relevant research and evaluation. Fellows will engage on a full-time basis onsite at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within ACF, or other offices engaged in research on low income family and children, for a period of one year (with a possible second or third year at the discretion of the grant recipient and depending on funding availability). Fellows will be exposed to the broader child development policy environment, particularly at the federal level, and to the policy research community through activities organized and conducted by the grant recipient. The cooperative agreement will require active partnership between the successful recipient and OPRE.For more information about OPRE, see . Please subscribe to this forecast at to receive notification of any updates.

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