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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies to Analyze Data of National Career Program Studies

Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.595
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-OPRE-PE-0005
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/29/23
Deadline: 06/29/23 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements of up to $75,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, for-profits, and tribal organizations to analyze data collected through national studies of career programs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will fund Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants to support secondary analysis of data collected to rigorously evaluate a collection of career pathways programs. The purpose of these awards is to better understand the effectiveness of services funded by Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs that aim to address the employment and self-sufficiency needs of TANF recipients and those eligible for or at risk of TANF receipt. Career pathways programs are one such service. Career pathways programs provide post-secondary education and training organized as a series of manageable steps leading to successively higher credentials and employment opportunities in growing occupations. Programs also provide financial, academic, and non-academic support to help primarily non-traditional students with low incomes enroll and persist in education. Career pathways can offer an efficient and client-centered approach to career and technical education and training by connecting adult basic education, occupational training, postsecondary education, and supportive services.

OPRE oversees a robust portfolio of research to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of career pathways programs including the Pathways for Advancing Careers and Education (PACE) project and the evaluation of two rounds of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program (more information is available at Data from these studies are available for secondary analysis through the Child and Family Data Archive ( These awards are intended to support rigorous, policy-relevant secondary analysis of career pathways data sets.

The goals are to:

  • Deepen the understanding of the implementation and effectiveness of career pathways programs;
  • Examine career pathways programs’ effectiveness in meeting the goals and objectives in TANF’s second statutory purpose—to end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation and employment;
  • Support research to inform and improve the design, implementation, delivery, and performance of related TANF-funded services related to career pathways, including career and technical education, occupational training, adult basic skills education, and supportive services;
  • Augment OPRE's multi-pronged evaluation of career pathways programs by focusing on questions relevant to TANF agencies and other providers of career pathways programs for individuals with low incomes; and
  • Address issues of current relevance to inform policy decisions at the local, state, and national levels related to career pathways programs for TANF recipients and individuals with low incomes.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The applicant eligibility is unrestricted except for provisions noted in this section. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. 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 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

ACF encourages tribally controlled land grant colleges and universities, historically Black colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions to apply. Additionally, any other institutions with the research capacity and interest in the focus of the grant are welcome to apply.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Pre-Application Information
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 04/29/2023
- Application Due Date: 06/29/2023 - Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the listed application due date.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this funding opportunity. Please submit a letter of intent by the deadline date listed above. The letter of intent should include the following information: number and title of this funding opportunity; the name and address of the applicant organization; and the name, phone number, fax number and email address of a contact person. Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM):
- All applicants must have a UEI and an active registration with SAM ( prior to applying to a funding opportunity.
- All applicants are required to maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If a grant is awarded, the SAM registration must be active throughout the life of the award. Your SAM registration must be renewed every 365 days to keep it active.
- Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e.,

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $90,000
Award Floor: $100,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2023
Length of Project Periods: 24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods

Contact Information
Letters of intent should be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to the following physical address. Email is the preferred submission method for all letters of intent.
OPRE Review Team
Career Pathways Secondary Data Analysis Grants
c/o ICF International
1902 Reston Metro Plaza
Reston, VA 20190

Program Office Contact
Siri Warkentien
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201

Office of Grants Management Contact
Bridget Shea Westfall
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201

RFP & Supporting Documents
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