Economic Development Research, Evaluation and National Technical Assistance - Concept paper


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FY 2021-2023 Economic Development Research and Evaluation (R&E) and National Technical Assistance (NTA) programs, jointly known as RNTA
There are no submission deadlines under this NOFO.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the termination of this NOFO or publication of a superseding RNTA NOFO.
This NOFO employs a two-step application process: (1) the Concept Proposal and (2) the Full Application. EDA will only review Full Applications submitted by applicants who first submitted a Concept Proposal.

The Economic Development Admin. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in order to provide investments that support research and technical assistance projects under EDA’s R&E and NTA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities.

Through the Research and Evaluation R&E program, EDA supports the development of tools, recommendations, and resources that shape Federal economic development policies and inform economic development decision-making. R&E program investments provide critical, cutting-edge research and best practices to regional, state, and local practitioners in the economic development field, thereby enhancing understanding and implementation of economic development concepts throughout the country.
R&E investments may be awarded to:
•Evaluate success of economic development programs, policies, and strategies for improving economic outcomes, including the priority research projects listed in the forthcoming EDA Learning Agenda;
•Research and evaluate topics or issues to improve the understanding of economic development principles, strategies, and concepts;
•Improve understanding of the causes of economic distress, entrenched poverty, underserved areas or populations, and distressed communities and provide effective strategies or recommendations for addressing the causes thereof;
•Develop innovative tools, measures and widely applicable data sets for studying economic development outcomes, principles, and policies; or
•Perform other activities determined by EDA to be appropriate under the R&Eprogram