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Field Initiated Projects Program (Research)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs for
Research on the Inclusion of Individuals with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Conf. Date:

11/12/20

Deadline Date:

12/21/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs for research projects on the integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Funding is intended for research activities that address issues such as family support, independent living, and social and economic self-sufficiency. Emphasis is placed on individuals with severe disabilities.

The purpose of the Field Initiated (FI) Projects program is to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose of the FI Projects program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

In carrying out a research activity under a FI Projects research grant, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and, based on the hypotheses or research questions identified, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing (1) new scientific knowledge or (2) better understanding of the subject, problem studied, or body of knowledge.

Applicants should consult NIDRR's Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 when preparing an application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains: (1) community living and participation; (2) health and function; and (3) employment. Applicants for FI projects must specify in their abstract and project narrative which major outcome domain their proposed project will focus on.

In FY 2021, NIDILRR is particularly interested in receiving FI applications that address research questions or development aims related to the impact of the COVID pandemic on the experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities. NIDILRR does not give applications that meet this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

FI Projects research applicants must define the stage or stages of research that they propose to conduct. If the FI Projects grant is to conduct research that can be categorized under more than one stage including research that progresses from one stage to another, those stages must be clearly specified. These stages: exploration and discovery, intervention development, intervention efficacy, and scale-up evaluation, are defined on Page 4 of the RFP in Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182648

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

15

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award ceiling: $200,000 per budget period
Award floor: $195,000 per budget period

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

Meals are generally an unallowable expense.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application teleconference meeting will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the date listed above for the informational conference call.

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 Megan Alvarado 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 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the date listed above. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Megan Alvarado.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on December 21, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or with Grants.gov, which can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

The Grants.gov registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with SAM. Applicants should finalize a new, or renew an existing registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329272

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

To submit a letter of intent or to register for the pre-application meeting, please email:
Megan Alvarado
Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov

Theresa SanAgustin
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Theresa.SanAgustin@acl.hhs.gov
Phone Number: (202) 795-7431

Assistance with Grants.gov:
support@grants.gov
800-518-4726

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-IFRE-0013

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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

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