RFP: Opportunity Youth Research Project – Jan 23

Posted by Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities on January 8, 2019

CUMU is partnering with the Community Change Influence Unit of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to commission a research project focused on programs being undertaken by members of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities that serve “opportunity youth”—young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. These programs can include both those that are led directly by university staff, as well as local collaborative partnerships of which the university is a member. Examples of such programs include, but are not limited to, prevention of disconnection, school completion, school re-engagement, barrier remediation, workforce development, and job placement. The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals from prospective research partners to complete this research project.

About CUMU
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the world’s urban and metropolitan universities and their partners. CUMU focuses on strengthening institutions that are developing new responses to the pressing educational, economic, and social issues of the day. CUMU was formed in 1989 by leaders of metropolitan and urban institutions who realized their unique challenges and opportunities as they looked to the future of higher education. Today, CUMU is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve.

Who Can Apply?
All current CUMU members are invited to apply. Within a CUMU member institution, applicants could consist of individual researchers, research teams, centers, or institutes. Applicants must demonstrate experience and capacity to conduct research, evaluate programs, and analyze data results. Applicants can create teams that include non institution personnel, but at least one member of an applicant team must be an employee of a CUMU member institution during the period of performance. While not required, having a team member with direct experience in workforce development programs is beneficial.

Key Research Proposal Dates and Deadlines
Proposal Dates
12/19/18: Requests for proposal released
01/23/19: Proposal questions can be submitted via email to blaur@cumuonline.org until 5:00 p.m. (EST). All questions will be responded to as they are received.
02/01/19: Proposals due by 5:00 p.m. (EST).
02/11/19: Awardee announcement made and all applicants notified

Contract and Period of Performance Dates
02/11/19 – 02/15/19: Contract negotiation and execution
02/15/19 – 06/30/19: Project period of performance

How to Apply
All grant applications must be submitted electronically (in PDF format) by 02/01/19 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) to

More information and the full RFP can be found here:


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