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US Labor Department announces availability of $2M in grants for university-based labor research, evaluation

Researchers must apply by Oct. 3, 2016, deadline

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $2 million in grants intended to support university-based research of labor policies and issues.

The department’s Chief Evaluation Office will administer these Labor Research and Evaluation grants – a total of up to 10 awards, ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 – to support evaluation and research on the following suggested topics:

  • Employee benefits security.
  • Miner safety and health.
  • Wage and hour and labor standards.
  • Worker and workplace safety and health.
  • Workers’ compensation.
  • Labor-management relations.
  • International topics in worker protection including child and forced labor issues.
  • Improving equal employment opportunities.
  • Innovative approaches to evaluating the impact of the department’s worker protection programs and policies using existing administrative or other data.
  • Low-cost, randomized controlled trials or natural experiments to evaluate the impact of department programs.

University researchers and Indian/Native American tribes interested in applying for this funding should visit Information on the grants is available here. The deadline to apply is by 4 p.m. EDT on Oct. 3, 2016. 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
August 3, 2016
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