Housing Solutions Lab

Helping cities plan, launch, and evaluate equitable housing policies

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Call for Research Proposals Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 3/14/2022

How may this funding be used?

Funding may be used only for research, including research project staff salaries, data collection and analysis, and other activities necessary to complete the research project. Funding may not be used to provide direct services (e.g. health care, housing, education), to run programs, to renovate or build facilities, or for lobbying policymakers.

Can we propose to examine an existing policy or program or must the project focus on examining a new initiative?

Projects may propose to focus either on examining a new policy or program or on examining an existing program. The project must be able to be completed in two years.

Does a proposal have to identify specific researchers who will conduct the project? Can the Housing Solutions Lab help a city government or nonprofit organization find a research team?

Proposals must identify the researchers who will conduct the project. If you have a project idea but are not able to identify a researcher to conduct it, please contact us to discuss potential ways that the Lab can help.

Will the Housing Solutions Lab help us conduct our research project?

This funding is intended to support researchers to conduct research independently. Lab researchers and staff will be available for consultation throughout the project and will assist with the dissemination of findings. If you would like to collaborate with Lab researchers to conduct a project, please contact us to discuss your idea.

What is the timeline for selected projects to begin and end?

Projects must begin within 30 days of the award date and be completed within two years.

Do I need to include a budget with the proposal?

Applicants do not need to submit a budget with the proposal. Awardees will be required to submit a scope of work, budget, and brief budget justification at the time of the award.

Will awardees receive support to travel to conferences for dissemination of the project?

Requests for future travel support will be considered independent of this award.

What is the policy for maximum allowable administrative/indirect rate?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation indirect rate policy applies to all awards.

Indirect Cost Rate Grantee Organization Type
U.S. colleges/universities and hospital or health systems
Nonprofit organizations
For-profit organizations and government entities
If consultant/contractor costs (i.e., sub-contracts or sub-grants) constitute more than one-third of the total direct costs of the project or program, the allowable indirect cost rate on those third-party costs is limited to 5 percent. Note that this policy does not require grantees to substantiate their indirect cost rate. Grantees may simply charge the flat rate that applies to their organization type (i.e., 12% or 20%) even if their actual rate is lower. Read more about the indirect cost rate.
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