Social Security Administration Research Funding Announcement

August 1, 2022

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The Social Security Administration is accepting applications for the Interventional Cooperative Agreement Program (ICAP) to conduct interventional research supporting SSA programs. 

Cooperative agreements are legal financial assistance instruments between a federal agency (in this case, SSA) and a non-federal entity when substantial involvement between the two entities is required. Interventional research, which ICAP funds, is used to evaluate the effectiveness of specific treatments or preventative measures, such as new service models or policy alternatives, to achieve specific outcomes. The research and interventions funded by ICAP will:

  • Examine the structural barriers in the labor market that increase the likelihood of people receiving or applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), including for people of color or other underserved communities;
  • Promote self-sufficiency by helping people enter, stay in, or return to the labor force, including youth;
  • Coordinate planning between private and public agencies that administer social programs to improve the administration and effectiveness of SSDI, SSI, and related programs;
  • Assist claimants in underserved communities (e.g. people experiencing homelessness, the indigent) apply for or appeal decisions for SSDI and SSI benefits; and
  • Conduct outreach to people with disabilities who are potentially eligible to receive SSI.

Learn more about this competitive research funding opportunity.

If you have any questions about ICAP, please email If you have questions about applying, please send an email to with “ICAP Inquiry” in the subject line. 

Last modified on 08/01/2022

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