National Institute on Disability 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
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: Not available. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible for research projects and specialized research activities related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities; fellowships may be awarded to individuals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
The NIDRR long-range research plan serves as the basis for program announcements that are published in the Federal Register and Requests for Proposals that are published in the Commerce Business Daily. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.
Award Procedure
New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and the review and approval of applications by staff in various offices within the Department. Official notice of approved applications 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, Department of Education.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Ranges from 30 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants, fellowships, and contracts will be acted upon within 120 days.
There are no formal appeal procedures.
Grantees must submit annual progress reports in order to receive continuation funding. Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years throughout the project period of the award. 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. 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.
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 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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
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 cost of projects. The amount of cost-sharing is negotiable. Cost-sharing for other grantees is at the Secretary's option.
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
None. Contact Headquarters Office.
Headquarters Office
Marlene Spencer Department of Education, OSERS National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7532
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 12 $108,816,947; FY 13 est $103,125,168; and FY 14 est $110,000,000
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 from the program office. NIDRR program regulations are contained in 34 CFR Parts 350-359.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available


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