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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (Development)

Grant to a USA Agency, IHE, Tribe, School, Nonprofit, or For-Profit
for Research to Improve the Self-Sufficiency of People 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 (NIDILRR)

Conf. Date:

02/17/21

LOI Date:

03/02/21

Deadline Date:

03/29/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA state, tribal, or county government, IHE, tribal organization, school district, nonprofit, or for-profit organization for research to improve the self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Priority will be given to research projects that assist individuals with the most severe disabilities.

The purpose of NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP), which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, 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, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

Under this particular DRRP priority, applicants must propose a development project that is aimed at improving the employment outcomes of people with disabilities. In carrying out a development project under this program, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create models, methods, tools, applications, and devices beneficial to the target population, including design and development of prototypes and processes.

Please note that this will be the Funding Opportunity for field-initiated DRRP development projects in the employment domain. NIDILRR plans to make two field-initiated DRRP awards in the employment domain. NIDILRR's field-initiated DRRP awards in the employment domain may include research projects, development projects, or both, depending on the ranking of applications provided by the peer review panel. 

The DRRP must contribute to the outcome of maximizing employment outcomes of people with disabilities. To contribute to this outcome, development DRRPs must:

  • Conduct development activities in one or more of the following priority areas, focusing on people with disabilities as a group or on people in specific disability or demographic subpopulations of people with disabilities:
    • Technology to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
    • Individual and environmental factors associated with improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
    • Interventions that contribute to improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Interventions include any strategy, practice, program, policy, or tool that, when implemented as intended, contributes to improvements in outcomes for people with disabilities.
    • Effects of government policies and programs on employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
    • Practices and policies that contribute to improved employment outcomes for transition-aged youth with disabilities.
    • Vocational rehabilitation (VR) practices that contribute to improved employment outcomes for people with disabilities; 
  • Demonstrate, in its original application, that people from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds will be included in study samples in sufficient numbers to generate knowledge and products that are relevant to the racial and ethnic diversity of the population of people with disabilities being studied. The DRRP must describe and justify, in its original application, the racial and ethnic distribution of people with disabilities who will participate in the proposed research or development activities.
  • Focus its development on a specific stage. If the DRRP seeks to support development that can be categorized under more than one stage including development that progresses from one stage to another, those stages must be clearly specified. These stages: proof of concept, proof of product, and proof of adoption, are defined in this funding opportunity announcement. Applicants must justify the need and rationale for development at the proposed stage or stages and describe fully an appropriate methodology or methodologies for the proposed development.
  • Conduct knowledge translation activities (i.e., utilization, dissemination) in order to facilitate stakeholder (e.g., individuals with disabilities, employers, policymakers, practitioners) use of the knowledge, interventions, programs, technologies, or products that result from the development activities conducted under the first priority (above).
  • Involve key stakeholder groups in the activities conducted under the first priority (above) in order to maximize the relevance and usability of the development products to be developed under this priority.

For funding restrictions, see page 16 of the RFP PDF (link in Attached Files, below). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194479

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Number of Grants:

One grant will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $500,000
- Award Floor: $495,000
- Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, the Fund may make additional awards in FY 2022 from the list of approved but unfunded applicants from this competition.

Term of Contract:

60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

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.

The following applications will be rejected - applications that:
- Are submitted after the established deadline;
- Propose a budget that exceeds $500,000 in any single budget year;
- Propose a project period that exceeds 60 months.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational conference call date: February 17, 2021

An informational conference call 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 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 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:

- Informational conference call: February 17, 2021
- LOI due: March 2, 2021 - Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity.
- Applications are due: March 29, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET.
- Successful applicants will receive an electronic Notice of Award.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application 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.

An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 (see page 3 of the RFP PDF) when preparing its application.

NIDILRR recommends that all applicants view a 3-part training video entitled “NIDILRR Data Archiving and Sharing.” This training video is available at: https://dataarchivingandsharing.naric.com/

Currently, the Grants.gov registration process requires information in three separate systems:
- Dun and Bradstreet (http://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html)
- System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov)
- Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/)

If you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and (2) register yourself with Grants.gov as an AOR.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330324

For a list of application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

Email Letters of Intent to Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov

For assistance with Grants.gov, please contact them at support@grants.gov or 800-518-4726 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

If you have any questions about the programmatic or substantive requirements of this funding opportunity, please contact the competition manager:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living
Timothy Beatty
Timothy.Beatty@acl.hhs.gov
703-649-4202

Grants Manager Specialist
Office of Grants Management
Marlene Spencer
(202) 795-7442

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-DPEM-0053

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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