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Projects to Improve the Lives of People with Disabilities

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, Phase I

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Federal

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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:

12/13/21

Deadline Date:

01/18/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories small businesses for research and development projects to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed before submitting an application. The purpose of the program is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through R/R&D products generated by small businesses and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research results and development products.

NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and to promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community and to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. All SBIR projects funded by NIDILRR must address the needs of individuals with disabilities (see 29 U.S.C. 760). An application to NIDILRR’s SBIR program must support this mission and should present a sound approach to the investigation of an important technological, engineering, or scientific question that it is worthy of support under the stated criteria of this program announcement. The scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and research and development (R/R&D) is the primary concern for all work supported by NIDILRR.

The purpose of the Federal SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting Federal research or research and development (R/R&D) needs, and improve the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The specific purpose of NIDILRR's SBIR program is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through R/R&D products generated by small businesses, and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research results and development products.

Applicants must propose Phase I R/R&D projects that support NIDILRR's mission of improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in at least one of the following outcome domains: (1) community living and participation, (2) health and function, or (3) employment.

For FY2022 Priorities, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00270515-instructions.pdf#page=5.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200150

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $100,000
- Award Floor: $95,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will have a 6-month project period with a corresponding six-month budget period. The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 06/01/2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Each organization submitting an application must qualify at the time of the award as a small business concern as defined by the Small Business Administration.

SBIR Eligibility Checklist
- For-profit small business concern.
- At least 51% U.S.-owned and independently operated.
- Small business located in the U.S.
- Principal investigator’s primary employment with small business during the project.
- 500 or fewer employees.

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.

For additional eligibility information, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00270515-instructions.pdf#page=11.

A firm must not propose market research, patent applications, or litigation. Projects that propose service provision without a research/development component will not be considered.

For ineligible applications, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00270515-instructions.pdf#page=14.

For funding restrictions, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00270515-instructions.pdf#page=22.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational conference call will be held on 12/13/2021 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time).

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:

Due Date for Applications: Jan 18, 2022 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date.

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 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 (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/) and
be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, http://www.sam.gov/)

All applicants to the SBIR and STTR programs are required to register at the SBA Company Registry prior to application submission and attach proof of registration. The SBA Company Registry recommends verification with SAM, but a SAM account is not required to complete the registration.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=334820

Contact Information:

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

Letters of intent should be sent to: Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov

For 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
Brian Bard
Brian.Bard@acl.hhs.gov
202-795-7298

Sherlonda Blue, Grants Management Specialist: (202) 795-7310

Grants.gov Support Desk: 1-800-518-4726

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0019

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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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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