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Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for ECE Workforce Well-Being

Cooperative Agreements to USA Organizations and IHEs
for Research to Improve the Well-Being of Educational Staff

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

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07/06/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt (Electronic Submissions) or 4:30 PM ET Receipt (Paper Submissions)


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories organizations and IHEs for research to improve the well-being of educational staff. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that will contribute to the knowledge base regarding the individual, program, and community factors that promote the well-being of Head Start (HS) and/or Early Head Start (EHS) education staff (i.e., teachers and assistant teachers).

Projects must be led by researchers working in partnership with one or more HS programs. Together, they will identify and evaluate promising approaches to improving education staff well-being that are supported by existing research and evidence-based theory of change models. Eligible approaches include interventions or models intended to promote education staff wellbeing, including existing interventions or models of workforce support adapted to the HS/EHS context. Grantees will be expected to conduct an implementation study and causally evaluate the effectiveness of the approach(es) identified using the most rigorous research designs, methods, and analytic techniques that are appropriate and sufficient to address the research questions of interest.

The primary outcome of interest is education staff well-being, particularly those aspects of well-being that are linked in existing research to classroom practices, teacher–child relationships, and other contributors to high-quality learning environments which, in turn, are associated with children’s successful development and learning. Further, each grantee will examine individual, program, and community context factors that contribute to education staff well-being. Results of these studies are expected to provide valuable information that can help guide programs in their decisions regarding strategies for improving education staff well-being.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196049

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to eight cooperative agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $500,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $250,000 Per Budget Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $375,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021

Length of Project Period:
- 36-month project period with three 12- month budget periods
- 48-month project period with four 12- month budget periods
- 60-month project period with five 12- month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is not limited for this FOA and ACF encourages applications from tribally controlled land grant colleges and universities, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Alaska Native- and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions.

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 this part and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq. The Department will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization’s religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Post Date: 05/05/2021
- Letter of Intent Due Date: 06/04/2021. Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. The letter of intent is optional.
- Application Due Date: 07/06/2021. Electronically submitted applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. (Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified.)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the electronic application submission process several days before the application due date to ensure the application is successfully accepted by

Required Registrations:
- A DUNS Number (
- Current registration at the System for Award Management (SAM) (

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Applicant organizations/entities may submit more than one application, on behalf of more than one researcher.

PIs will be required to attend grantee consortium meetings to be held in Washington, D.C., twice during the first year of funding and annually in subsequent years. One additional grantee consortium meeting may be held each year in conjunction with a national conference.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of intent should be submitted via e-mail to

Paper Submissions:
OPRE Review Team: HSUP: Building the Evidence Base for ECE Workforce Well-Being
c/o ICF
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Program Office Contact:
Kathleen Dwyer
Phone: (202) 401-5600

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Bridget Shea Westfall
Phone: (202) 401-5542

ACF Applications Help Desk:

Administration for Children and Families
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC

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