Authority to Accept Unsolicited Proposals for Research Partnerships

Funding Agency:
Department of Housing and Urban Development

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) issues this Notice to announce that it has authority to accept unsolicited research proposals that address the current research priorities, which are included in this Notice. 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 also 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. 

HUD developed the Research Partnerships vehicle to allow greater flexibility in addressing evidence gaps concerning strategic policy questions and to better utilize external expertise in evaluating effectiveness of programs affecting residents of urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas, as well as local innovations in the delivery of these programs. Through the effective period of this Notice, HUD can accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities and allow innovative research projects that could inform HUD’s policies and programs. Applicants are encouraged to submit research proposals that inform important policy and program objectives of HUD that are not otherwise being addressed, that focus on one of HUD’s research priorities, and that make effective use of HUD’s funding. Review section I.A.2. of this Notice for details on HUD's priorities and research assets.

For the purpose of this Notice, 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) include sufficient detail to permit a determination that the Federal Government's support would yield a valuable return on investment; (6) not be an advance proposal for a known agency requirement that can be acquired by competitive methods; (7) not be a result of a previous competitive announcement; and (8) not be a concept paper.

Dates: Proposals may be submitted at any time on or before this Notice's expiration date. Proposals will be evaluated as they are received. Available funds will be awarded as proposals are received, evaluated, and approved, until funds are exhausted. HUD encourages applicants to submit proposals as early as possible to maximize the number of awards HUD can fund with amounts made available under this Notice that are subject to expiration.

Expiration Date: June 30, 2025

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Areas of Interest

1. Support Underserved Communities

2. Ensure Access to and Increase the Production of Affordable Housing

3. Promote Homeownership

4. Advance Sustainable and Equitable Communities

5. Lead Hazards

6. Other hazards

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants under this Notice include: philanthropic entities, other Federal agencies, State or local governments and their agencies, Indian Tribes, tribally-designated housing entities, colleges or universities located in the United States. Financial proposals may not include a line for profit because successful applicants may not earn profit under their financial arrangements with HUD.

Cost sharing is required for research projects to be eligible for funding through HUD’s noncompetitive cooperative agreement authority. Research projects submitted by all eligible applicants must include at least 50 percent match toward the total cost of the project. Federal funds are generally not allowed to be used for match unless otherwise permitted by that specific federal program’s authorizing statute.

Amount Description

he $3,000,000 for awards in support of activities under this Notice is divided as follows:

1. Up to $2,000,000 available for Lead and Healthy Homes Research Partnerships as described in Section I.A.2.A, Research Priorities 5 and 6.

2. Approximately $1,000,000 is available for Research Partnerships for other topics as described in Section I.A.2.A, Research Priorities 1-4.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 30, 2025