Authority To Accept Unsolicited Proposals for Research Partnerships Notice

Funding Agency:
Department of Housing and Urban Development

This notice announces that HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has the authority to accept unsolicited research proposals that address current research priorities. In accordance with statutory requirements, the research proposals must be submitted by eligible applicants and provide cost sharing for at least 50 percent of total project cost from philanthropic entities or Federal, state or local government agencies. This notice announces that HUD is accepting research proposals and provides a general description of information that should be included in any research proposal. The Department is interested in increasing participation of Minority Serving Institutions of higher education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in all program areas. Therefore, HUD encourages eligible entities that are not themselves MSIs or HBCUs to develop partnerships with MSIs and HBCUs.

Unsolicited proposal - A valid unsolicited proposal must: (1) Be innovative and unique; (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) Not be an advance proposal for a known agency requirement that can be acquired by competitive methods; (6) Not be a result of a previous competitive announcement; and (7) Not be a concept paper.

Proposals may be submitted at any time and will be evaluated as they are received. Available funds will be awarded as proposals are received, evaluated, and approved, until funds are exhausted.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants under this Notice include academic institutions, philanthropic entities, States, federally recognized tribes, and units of local government, and not-for-profit and forprofit institutions 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. Individuals are not eligible.

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