ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
To support and coordinate research and its utilization in order to improve the lives of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities, especially persons with severe disabilities, through: (1) identifying and eliminating causes and consequences of disability; (2) maximizing the health, physical, and emotional status of persons with disabilities and their functional ability, self- sufficiency, self-development and personal autonomy; (3) preventing or minimizing personal and family, physical, mental, social, educational, vocational, and economic effects of disability; and (4) reducing and eliminating physical, social, educational, vocational, and environmental barriers to permit access to services and assistance and to use their abilities in daily life.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Community Living
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II, as amended, Title II.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
States, public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizaitons, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes and tribal organizaitons are eligible for research projects and speciailized research activities related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities; fellowships may be awarded to individuals.
Individuals with disabilities may benefit directly or indirectly from research and other activities conducted by grantees, such as technical assistance and dissemination.
Applicants should present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves their acceptance or the utilization of their facilities or services. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments, and OMB Circular A-122 for non-profit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. NIDRR long- range plan serves as the basis for program announcements that are published in Grants.gov or posted on the ACL website. Proposed priorities may also be published in the Federal Register and Requests for Proposals published in the Commerce Business Daily.
New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and subsequent review and approval of applications by staff within the Department. Official notice of approved applictions is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award or an official letter of fellowship award. Grants and fellowships are awarded by the Secretary, Health and Human Services.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Ranges from 30 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants, fellowships, and contracts will be acted upon within 120 days.
Granteses must submit annual progress reports in order to receive continuation funding. Awards may be renewed annual for up to five years or to a lesser project period contingent upon the award specifications. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Objectives of projects and programs must be in consonance with and should contribute to achievement of the goals and objectives of the Institute. Proposed research and development activities must be rigorous and of high quality. Adequate facilities must be available or planned to carry out the specific project or program. Personnel must be trained and qualified to carry out the proposed programs, and staffing patterns must be appropriate. Demonstrations of adequate plans and procedures for ensuring the relevance to current needs in rehabilitation and the potential for project results must be effectively utilized. Commitment of available resources on the part of the applicant and evidence that the applicant has knowledge of rehabilitation issues as well as knowledge of past and present related research activities. A statement showing that the estimated cost to the government is reasonable in relation to anticipated project results. Demonstrate the ability and capacity to achieve stated goals. Demonstrate, coordinate and cooperate with regional programs, State agency programs, and private rehabilitation facilities. Specific weighted selection criteria are contained in program regulations. For fellowships, criteria are specified in program regulations, 34 CFR Part 356. These criteria include the education and experience of the individual and the quality of the fellowship proposal.
How may assistance be used?
Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts are awarded for research, demonstration, dissemination/utilization projects of national significance, and career training projects. All applications must meet standards of excellence in research and evaluation design. Fellowships support individual investigators in pursuing research in rehabilitation. TBD.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Annual reports of progress and annual expenditures are required on all projects. Comprehensive final reports are due 90 days after the end of the project. No performance monitoring is required; however, NIDRR has established an extensive system of performance monitoring involving is program officers in oversight of progress toward goals proposed in grant applications. These activities are designed to monitor for performance and research outcomes. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of Subpart F-Audit Requirements, under 45 CFR Part 75.500, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year. Except as noted in 45 CFR Part 75.500.
Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant or contract number including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for three years. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Grantees funded under Sections 204(a) and 202(k) of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, are required to share in the costs of projects. The amount of cost-sharing is 1 percent.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are awarded in 12 month budget periods. Support beyond the first 12 month budget period is contingent upon evidence that the grantee has made substantial progress toward achieving the objectives and outcomes for a project, and availability of appropriations. Awards may be made for a maximum of five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Ruth Brannon One Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Phone: 202.245.7278
No Data Available
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 15 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range and average vary greatly according to the competition.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grant administrative policies for programs and fellowships may be obtained form the program office. NIDRR program regualtions are contained in 34 CFR Parts 350-359.
Examples of Funded Projects