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

Field Initiated Projects Program (Research)


GrantWatch ID# 182648
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-IFRE-0000
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/03/22
LOI Date: 11/21/22
Deadline: 12/16/22 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
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. Applicants are advised that required registration may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for research activities that address issues such as family support, independent living, and social and economic self-sufficiency.

The purpose of the Field Initiated (FI) Projects program is to develop knowledge, 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 those with the highest support needs. Another purpose of the FI Projects program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act).

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.

An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 (the Plan) when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains that are critical to the lives of people with disabilities: (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 of these major outcome domains their proposed project will focus on. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should specify the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.

Invitational Priority: In FY 2023, there are three invitational priorities of interest to the agency. NIDILRR does not give applications that address these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

  1. Research or development projects that address the needs, experiences, or outcomes of people with disabilities from underserved communities. People with disabilities from underserved communities include those from communities or populations defined in Section 2 of the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, including: people with disabilities who are racial and ethnic minorities; people with disabilities who are members of religious minorities; people with disabilities who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer; people with disabilities who live in rural areas; or people with disabilities otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
  2. Research or development projects to explore or address the relationship between climate change and the needs, experiences, and outcomes of people with disabilities.
  3. Research or development projects related to oral health among people with disabilities.

FI Projects development applicants must define the stage or stages of development that they propose to conduct. If the FI Projects grant is to conduct development that can be categorized under more than one stage, those stages must be clearly specified. These stages: proof of concept, proof of product, and proof of adoption, are defined on page 5 of the FOA in Attached Files below.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
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.

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

Meals are generally an unallowable expense.

For funding restrictions, see page 16 of the FOA in Attached Files below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on 11/03/2022.

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.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 11/03/2022
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 11/21/2022
- Due Date for Applications: 12/16/2022 by 11:59 PM ET

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 our staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

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 UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, www.sam.gov). Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=342542

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

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,600,000

Number of Grants
8

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

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2023

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

For questions about the programmatic or substantive requirements of this funding opportunity, please contact the competition manager:

Radha Holavanahalli, Project Officer
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
(202) 975-7321

Katherine Feiring, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management
(202) 795-7442

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

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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


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