Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams

Funding Agency:
Administration for Children and Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) is soliciting applications for a cooperative agreement to support a Tribal Research Center for Early Childhood that will provide leadership and collaboration to promote excellence in community-based participatory research and evaluation of ACF early childhood initiatives that serve tribal communities.  Settings to be considered include home visiting programs, early care and education center-based programs, home-based and family child care providers, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  The Center is expected to: (1) conduct research to identify needs and/or develop effective practices and integrated systems for ACF early childhood initiatives in tribal communities; (2) identify, validate, and/or develop measures of culturally meaningful inputs, implementation processes, and proximal and distal outcomes of those programs; (3) establish peer-learning communities for tribal research on areas of shared priority; (4) provide training and professional development to facilitate interest and competencies in research relevant to early childhood initiatives in tribal communities; and (5) provide forums to increase cultural competence and sensitivity to tribal voices in research and evaluation.  The length of the project period has been modified from 36 to 48 months.


  • Letter of Intent: May 27, 2016
  • Application: July 6, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility is open to public and private entities that include state, city, and local governments; public, private, and state-controlled institutions of higher education; private, non-profit organizations with, and without, 501(c)(3) IRS tax status; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations that are not sole proprietorships.

The Principal Investigator (PI) who will head up the TRCEC must conduct research as a primary professional responsibility, and have published in the major peer-reviewed research journals in the field as a first author or second author.  The PI must have a Ph.D. or equivalent for his/her field, and should be an established expert as demonstrated by a substantial body of published work, including peer reviewed articles. The PI must have experience and skills in working with AIAN communities and maternal health, infancy, and early childhood research methodology.  The PI should have advanced experience and knowledge in community-based participatory research, early childhood assessment, and/or program evaluation methodology.  Additional areas of strength could include: home visiting, child care/Head Start research, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, maternal and child health.  Expertise in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) funding, State regulations regarding child care, and Early Head Start/Head Start programming, would be additional areas of interest.  Acceptable evidence includes a current curriculum vita or biographical sketch. 



Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $650,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $650,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $650,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Period: 48-month project with four 12-month budget periods

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 6, 2016