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Each year, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) awards funding through Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs). This page provides information on current and past PD&R NOFOs and notices, relevant The Edge articles, and ongoing projects.

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For more information on HUD Funding Opportunities, please visit the Funding Opportunities page on HUD.gov.

HUD’s New Research NOFAs* for 2020

HUD’s New Research NOFAs* for 2020
This Edge article gives an overview of three PD&R NOFOs from 2020.

*In the past, NOFOs were referred to as Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs.)

HUD’s New Research Awards in 2020

HUD’s New Research Awards in 2020
This Edge article discusses research awards made in 2020.

Forecasting PD&R’s Research for the Next Year

Forecasting PD&R’s Research for the Next Year
This Edge article provides an overview of research NOFAs using FY 2018 and 2019 funding.

HUD’s Research NOFA

HUD’s Research NOFA
This Edge article looks at PD&R NOFOs in 2014.

HUD’s New Research in 2014

HUD’s New Research in 2014
This Edge article looks at potential research funded through FY 2014 appropriations.

HBCU Cooperative Research in Housing Technologies (Tennessee State University)

Tennessee State University was recently awarded a cooperative agreement designated for Historically Black Colleges and Universities for research in homebuilding innovations or research related to how housing technology/built environment interacts with social determinants of health and well-being. HUD invited applications from a wide range of academic disciplines, such as engineering, architecture, urban planning, sociology, public policy, law, business, etc. HUD will provide additional information as the project progresses.

Historically Black College and University Center of Excellence (Texas Southern University)

The Texas Southern University (TSU) proposes to establish a Center of Excellence—here forward known as the Center for Housing and Community Development Research (CHCDR)—that will advance transdisciplinary academic and empirical research and debate on affordable housing and community development policy for racial equity benefiting low-income communities of color in the six major Texas cities (Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio). Focusing on low-income households and underserved communities of color, CHCDR faculty will carry out research projects that emphasize the relationship between housing policies and programs under the following three thematic and interconnected areas: 1) housing stability or security, 2) individual or community wealth building; and 3) planning and infrastructure.

Historically Black College and University Center of Excellence (Howard University)

By establishing the HBCU Research Center of Excellence (COE), Howard University sets a goal of achieving an equitable and inclusionary society where currently-underserved populations come to be properly served and inequities in housing, health, education, economic well-being, and community development are overcome through policy implementation. The underlying problems that block this goal include the mutually-reinforcing historic and current processes that led and continue to lead to disparate outcomes for underserved populations. Four interacting factors emerge: Housing, Health, Built Environment, and Voice.

Sustainable Affordable Housing in Shrinking US Cities: Developing an Analytic Tool for Siting Subsidized Housing and Evaluating HUD Program Outcomes (SUNY-Buffalo)

The SUNY-Buffalo project objective was to develop an analytic tool for siting subsidized housing and use analysis to identify the boundaries for neighborhoods of opportunity in shrinking US cities. Neighborhoods of opportunity were defined as urban areas that provided residents with access to resources which promoted economic and social mobility. Those resources included access to employment and opportunities for educational and workforce development.

Assessing the Impact of Streetcars on Economics, Equity, and Quality of Urban Life (University of Utah at Salt Lake City)

The University of Utah at Salt Lake City project answered the broad question: Do streetcars enrich the social and economic health of communities? More specifically, can streetcars perform as an economic revitalization tool while enhancing urban quality of life equitably for all residents?

Creating Green and Inclusive Corridors: Preservation and Rehabilitation of Unsubsidized Affordable Rental Housing on Core Transit Corridors (University of Texas at Austin)

The University of Texas at Austin project developed replicable methodologies for: 1) identifying zones where (unsubsidized) affordable multifamily (MF) rental housing was redeveloped, as planning initiatives intersected with market trends; and 2) prioritized within these zones for rehabilitation and capture as long-term affordable housing. It assessed how local policies (whether funding incentives or regulatory policies) facilitated the rehabilitation of specific MF housing types for energy efficiency, long-term durability, and affordability.

The Social and Economic Impacts of the CDBG Program (The University of Idaho)

The University of Idaho study explored the broad research question: What secondary benefits does HUD receive from innovations of the local government officials that apply for CDBG grants? It is clear that CDBG funds were leveraged by the local officials as part of their overall community and economic development strategy – namely because the local officials are rational actors who have economic development strategies that are broader than a single CDBG grant. To examine these incentives, CDBG activities were divided into three categories that broadly reflected the urban economic development literatures: property improvement, public services, and private services.

Improving the Speed of Housing Recovery Program Launch After a Severe Disaster (Urban Institute)

The Urban Institute analyzed quantitative data provided by the Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting (DRGR) system and available grantee and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance data to: 1) describe lag-times for each housing program, distinguishing programs in the severe disaster scenarios; and 2) assess the contribution of different factors to those lag-times using a proportional hazards analytical model. The assessment's data was used to consider HUD's improvement plans and potential data and knowledge-sharing tools. Proposed solutions were compared to the assessment's findings regarding contributing factors. Qualitative data was collected from structured interviews with HUD's current technical assistance providers and past local contractors in the three case disaster programs—along with previously-collected data shells used by the grantees—to assess the plausibility of improvements and recommended alternatives.

Examining the Impact of Rental Assistance Demonstration on Children Living in Public Housing Communities (The Trustee of Columbia University)

The Trustee of Columbia University study on Examining the Impact of Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) on Children Living in Public Housing Communities looked at the impact of educational outcomes of low-income children living in Fresno, California, and how the effect of RAD varies by changing housing stability and quality as well as the level of resident engagement in the RAD demonstration.

Technical Assistance Assessment (Urban Institute)

This Urban Institute project included in-depth interviews with TA providers and TA customers and two case studies. The project helped address gaps in TA assessment. It was designed to answer questions about the provision and effectiveness of TA through a focus on TA providers.

MTW Evaluation (Urban Institute)

Urban Institute project Evaluation of Moving to Work: Activities, Outcomes and Impacts and Program Performance.

Small Area Fair Market Rent Demonstration Evaluation (Abt, Associates)

This Abt research assessed the potential of Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) to increase access to opportunity by analyzing the characteristics of neighborhoods with units renting below the payment standard before and after introduction of SAFMRs, focusing both on new HCV holders and HCV holders under lease at time of adoption; and assessed whether SAFMRs changed HCV holders’ likelihood of moving and renting in higher opportunity neighborhoods.

SC2 National Resource Network, NRN (Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.)

For this project, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and a collaboration of innovative nonprofit, academic, and private sector institutions came together to work with the Federal Government to create a new model for revitalizing our nation's economically distressed communities through the SC2 Resource Network. Their approach created an innovative paradigm for empowering local communities to meet their underlying economic challenges in a holistic and sustainable manner. The Consortium established a unique networked system of assistance that built the infrastructure for framing a new federal policy for assisting America's distressed cities and communities.

Jobs Plus (MDRC)

MDRC conducted an evaluation of the Jobs Plus Program with a diverse and distinctive research team. The team enrolled participants in a longer-term study and documented the start-up of the Jobs Plus Pilot Program, its early outcomes, and its costs through a comprehensive process study that compares experiences across all nine developments.

Impact of the City of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded Home Mod program (Woodstock Institute)

The Woodstock Institute studied the impact of the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-funded Home Mod program. The Home Mod program has been in existence for over 15 years and provides home accessibility modifications for qualifying people with disabilities. This research project used ex-post cost benefit analysis to examine the impact of CDBG funds spent on the City of Chicago’s Home Mod program. The analysis used the following five steps: (1) Identify Costs; (2) Monetize Costs; (3) Identify Benefits; (4) Monetize Benefits; and (5) Calculate Net Benefit. MOPD has maintained data about the Home Mod project since its inception over 15 years ago, including clients served, work performed, and the cost of this work (labor, materials, etc.).