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Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood

Post Date

May 6th 2016

Application Due Date

July 6th 2016

Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Income Security and Social Services

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
City or Township Governments
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Non-Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Organizations
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Non-Profits Without 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education
For-Profit Organizations (Except Small Businesses)
Small Businesses

The Principal Investigator (PI) who will head up the Tribal Research Center on Early Childhood 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. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: // Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $650000 - $650000

Grant Description

Please note that changes to the eligible institutions have been made. 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.

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