The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a Notice of Public Interest for Sustainable Communities Research Grants of $150,000-$500,000 (to be awarded from a pool of $1.5 million in available funds). Non-profit foundations, think tanks, for-profits, educational institutions, and others are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is February 4, 2011.
From the NOPI:
The purpose of the Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program (SCRGP) is to fill key data and information gaps, and to begin to develop and evaluate policy alternatives that communities can adopt to facilitate decision making about various community investments. Additionally, HUD believes that the results from the program will enable it to develop a broader sustainability agenda beyond current departmental priorities, as well as any future efforts or initiatives that may be considered based on the results of the research. Interest will be published requesting applications for grants to support the research obtained from these demonstrations.