Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services -Research

Through this funding opportunity, the Administration on Aging plans to award approximately 4 cooperative agreements to domestic public or private non-profit entities for a 60-month project period, 5 budget periods, pending the availability of funding. This funding opportunity provides for competitive grants to be awarded under the Older Americans Act (OAA) Title III authority to develop and implement evidence-based practices for enhancing senior nutrition programs.
 
Applicant proposals must align with health equity approaches and the OAA by targeting services to underserved older adults with social and economic need, to allow individuals to remain in home and community-based settings. The at-risk population should include older adults who formerly participated in the congregate nutrition program and other community-based programs, whose activity levels, access to healthy food, as well as opportunities to connect socially with others, grocery shop, obtain medical care, and exercise may have declined or changed significantly during COVID-19.
 
This funding opportunity includes two project approaches:
 
Project Type A – Demonstrate Congregate Meal Program Impact on Nutrition, Socialization, Health and Well-being Outcomes. The goal of this project is to demonstrate that Congregate Meal Program services, practices or positively impact SNP participants by reducing hunger/food insecurity/malnutrition, enhancing socialization and/or health and well-being. Projects must have strong potential for replication by the aging services network and sustainability using OAA Title IIIC-1 (congregate meal) funding. The project research design must incorporate at least one of the following research frameworks: Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) or Cohort study. Numerous studies have demonstrated the impact of congregate and home-delivered meals in improving the nutrition, socialization and health/well-being of older adults yet some gaps exist, especially regarding congregate meal programs. To address research gaps, Project Type A focuses on creating a strong research framework for demonstrating positive impacts of congregate meals (virtual, hybrid or in-person) to enhance SNP participants’ experience of meaningful socialization, improved health status and increased well-being. Findings are anticipated to be impactful for identifying evidence-based and forward-looking approaches to Title III-C implementation.
 
Project Type B – Evaluate and Sustain Effective, Non-Traditional Senior Nutrition Program Delivery Models It is critical that ACL work with the aging services network to validate and/or test new models especially in light of COVID-19 to modernize services to ensure that nutrition services are achieving their intended outcomes, and that every dollar is spent effectively to ensure the sustainability of these services. Translating the knowledge generated by this research into evidence-based models for delivering the SNP and programs at the community level is essential to ensuring the continued efficacy and efficiency of the nutrition programs. Due to COVID-19, the SNP has experienced significant transformations in service types and delivery methods as well as surge in numbers of persons served by the program. Stay-at-home orders, illness and heightened vulnerability of older adults to the virus– along with the closing of many workplaces, senior centers and meal sites – has and continues to greatly impact the SNP eligible population as well as the SNP workforce (including volunteers), resources (food, protective equipment, etc), services (grab-and-go meals, etc) and operations (delivery frequency, virtual programming, data collection, etc). Guidelines and information regarding these changes can be found on the ACL and NRCNA websites. Project B proposals will evaluate and sustain non-traditional SNP services, practices or policies that have emerged or experienced significant innovation during COVID-19 that have shown some level of effectiveness and have strong potential for replication by the aging services network and sustainability.
 
An informational call will be held on Thursday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Toll Free Number: 888-970-4135
Passcode: 4864439
Toll Free Playback Number: 800-819-5739
 
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Date Posted: 
Monday, January 10, 2022
Date Closing: 
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Sponsor/Funding Agency: 
The Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Pre-Teleconference Meeting Info: 
An informational call will be held on Thursday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Toll Free Number: 888-970-4135 Passcode: 4864439 Toll Free Playback Number for recording: 800-819-5739
Award Amount: 
$400,00 - $600,000
Contact Email or Phone: 
Judy Simon judy.simon@acl.hhs.gov