HHS Announces Grant Funding for Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services Research

October 4, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), announced more than $6 million for Title X Family Planning Research grants, Research to Practice Center grants, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation and Research grants as part of its work to protect and expand access to reproductive healthcare. HHS’ OPA focuses on advancing best practices for health in family planning and preventive care. The funding is intended to improve service delivery, promote the adoption of healthy behaviors, and reduce existing health disparities.

"These new research grants will provide insights that will help our community partners provide essential, client-centered reproductive health services," said ADM Rachel L. Levine, Assistant Secretary for Health.

"We are pleased to fund new and innovative research that will enhance the work of our grantees working to provide critical reproductive health services across the U.S.," said Jessica Swafford Marcella, HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs and Director, Office of Adolescent Health.

Read the full HHS press release for a summary of the actions HHS has taken to ensure access to reproductive healthcare.

Title X Family Planning Research Grants

Title X Family Planning Research grants aim to conduct research or analyses to generate information that will improve the delivery of family planning services and expand equitable access to quality sexual and reproductive health services offered under Title X of the Public Health Service Act.

Title X Family Planning Research Grants
Project Period: September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2025
Grantee Name City State Award Amount
RTI Research Triangle Park North Carolina $340,495
University of Michigan Ann Arbor Michigan $489,086
Baltimore City Health Department Baltimore Maryland $750,000
Guttmacher Institute New York New York $750,000
Child Trends Bethesda Maryland $515,919
                                                  TOTAL: $2,845,500

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation and Research Grants

OPA’s Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Research Grant projects will explore new questions in teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent sexual and reproductive health to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of these programs for adolescents or young adults, and/or reduce existing disparities. Funded grantees will conduct research or analyses to generate information that will 1) identify factors that improve the quality, access, and equity of teen pregnancy prevention programs for adolescents or young adults, or that reduce existing disparities, 2) identify and/or validate core program components or “active ingredients” essential for teen pregnancy prevention programs and practices to produce the desired outcomes; and 3) scale and conduct testing of emerging adolescent sexual health innovations in order to generate early data and prepare for future rigorous impact evaluation.

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation and Research Grants
Project Period: September 30, 20222 – September 29, 2024
Grantee Name City State Award Amount
University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore Maryland $312,528
AMTC & Associates Milwaukee Wisconsin $322,000
State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Newark New Jersey $198,917
University of South Florida Tampa Florida $399,837
  TOTAL: $1,233,282

Research to Practice Center Grants

OPA’s Research to Practice Center Grants projects will synthesize and translate existing research into practice to improve adolescent health and ultimately help reduce teen pregnancy. Projects will focus on expanding the delivery of trauma-informed and inclusive practices in adolescent sexual and reproductive health programming and care and bringing adolescent sexual and reproductive health research to youth-serving professionals.

Research to Practice Center Grants
Project Period: September 30, 2022 – September 29, 2026
Grantee Name City State Award Amount
Child Trends Bethesda Maryland $1,092,000
Healthy Teen Network Takoma Park Maryland $1,063,776
  TOTAL: $2,155,766