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Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Minority-Serving Institutions

Grant to a USA Minority-Serving IHE to Train
Researchers in the Field of Disability Rehabilitation

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Community Living (ACL)

Conf. Date:

12/06/17

LOI Date:

12/21/17

Deadline Date:

01/16/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA minority-serving institution of higher education to provide advanced research training opportunities in the field of disability rehabilitation. Applicants must verify or finalize the required registrations at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Programs will support individuals with doctorates or other advanced degrees. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities by improving the professional capacity for high-quality rehabilitation research.

Funding Opportunity Description:

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program. Under this priority, ARRT projects must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary rehabilitation and disability research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in NIDILRR's major outcome domains: (1) community living and participation; (2) health and function; and (3) employment.

The purpose of the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Projects program is to provide advanced research training and experience to individuals with doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including researchers with disabilities, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), and that improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.

The purpose of this MSI-ARRT competition is to improve the capacity of minority entities to develop and support disability and rehabilitation research training opportunities. NIDILRR will accomplish this by limiting eligibility for this competition to minority entities and Indian tribes in a manner consistent with section 21(b)(2)(A) of the Act, which authorized NIDILRR to make awards to minority entities and Indian tribes to carry out activities authorized under Title II of the Act. NIDILRR is especially interested in applications from individual minority entities that have historically been underrepresented in the federal research arena.

ARRT projects must (1) recruit and select candidates for advanced research training; (2) provide a training program that includes didactic and classroom instruction, is multidisciplinary, and emphasizes scientific methodology, and may involve collaboration among institutions; (3) provide research experience, laboratory experience, or its equivalent, in a community-based research setting, and a practicum that involves each individual in clinical research and in practical activities with organizations representing individuals with disabilities; (4) provide academic mentorship or guidance and opportunities for scientific collaboration with qualified researchers at the host university and other appropriate institutions; and (5) provide opportunities for participation in the development of professional presentations and publications and for attendance at professional conferences and meetings, as appropriate for the individual’s field of study and level of experience.

ARRT projects must provide training to individuals for at least one academic year, unless a longer training period is necessary to ensure that each trainee is qualified to conduct independent research upon completion of the course of training, and must require trainees to devote at least 80 percent of their time to the activities of the training program during the training period.

NOTE: An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299) (the Plan) when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains: (1) community living and participation; (2) health and function; and (3) employment. Applicants for this MSI-ARRT competition must specify in their abstract and project narrative which of NIDILRR's major outcome domains their proposed project will focus on. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should select the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.

Applicants are expected to articulate goals, objectives, and expected outcomes for the research training activities. An applicant should describe expected public benefits of these training activities, especially benefits for individuals with disabilities, and propose training projects that are optimally designed to demonstrate outcomes that are consistent with the proposed goals. An applicant should describe how they will foster the relationship between fellow and mentor (i.e. the give and take central to a fellow’s experience). Each applicant is encouraged to include information describing how it will measure outcomes, including the indicators for determining that results have occurred. Submission of this measurement information is voluntary, except where required by the selection criteria listed in the application package. Applicants are also encouraged to provide clear and detailed justification for the proposed length of the training period (i.e. 12, 18, or 24 months).

Application Responsiveness Criteria:

To be considered for review under this grant opportunity, applicants must propose to provide advanced research training and experience to individuals with doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, who have clinical or other relevant experience. The ARRT projects must train rehabilitation researchers, including researchers with disabilities, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and that improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182602

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 1

Estimated Size of Grant:

$150,000 per budget period

Term of Contract:

This grant supports a 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only institutions of higher education may apply.

Parties eligible to apply for MSI ARRT Projects grants are limited to minority entities and Indian tribes as authorized by section 21(b)(2)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act. A minority entity is defined as a historically black college or university (a part B institution, as defined in section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended), a Hispanic-serving institution of higher education, an American Indian tribal college or university, or another institution of higher education whose minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent. NIDILRR is especially interested in applications from individual minority entities that have historically been underrepresented in the Federal research arena.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application teleconference meeting will be held between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on December 6, 2017.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the pre-application meeting to discuss the funding priority and to receive information and technical assistance.

You must contact Patricia Barrett by December 5, 2017 in order to participate in this meeting.

NIDILRR staff also will be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM on December 6, 2017. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Patricia Barrett.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to the open nature of this ARRT competition, NIDILRR is requesting all potential applicants submit a letter of intent (LOI). These letters will assist NIDILRR in selecting reviewers for this competition. The submission is not mandatory, and the content of the LOI will not be peer reviewed or otherwise used to rate an applicant’s application.

The due date for LOIs is December 21, 2017.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 16, 2018.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3- 5 days prior to the application closing date.

Please note, ACL is requiring applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through Grants.gov.

All applicants must have a DUNS number registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, www.sam.gov) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and, should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Applicants should finalize a new or renew an existing registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Note: Once your SAM registration is active, you will need to allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in Grants.gov before you can submit an application through Grants.gov.

Successful applicants will receive an electronic Notice of Award no later than September 30, 2018.

View this opportunity yon Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298716

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Patricia Barrett, Grants Management Specialist
202-795-7303
patricia.barrett@acl.hhs.gov

Shelley Reeves, Project Officer
202-795-7427
shelley.reeves@acl.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2018-ACL-NIDILRR-ARST-0245

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming