University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service


To pay the Federal share of the cost of administration and operation of interdisciplinary centers that: (1) Provide interdisciplinary training for personnel concerned with developmental disabilities; (2) provide community service activities that include training and technical assistance and may include direct services, e.g., family support, individual support, educational, vocational, clinical, health and prevention; (3) conduct research (basic and applied), evaluation and analysis of public policy in areas affecting individuals with developmental disabilities; and (4) disseminate information as a national and international resource.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Community Living (Acl), Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 Title I, Section 151, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C 15061-15066., Title 1, Section 151, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C. 15061-15066
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Existing Centers; A public or nonprofit entity which is associated with, or is an integral part of a college or university and which provides at least: interdisciplinary training; demonstration of exemplary services, technical assistance, research and dissemination of findings.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment, their families, and personnel and trainees providing services to them.
Assurance of maintenance of effort; statement of financial resources, especially other federally-assisted programs; identification of personnel needs and resources as found in developmental disabilities State Plans for the applicant's service area; evaluation of present training programs and utilization of space in the facility; and capability of informing researchers and others in development of services related research. Eligible candidate designated in the previous fiscal year as a Center. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application forms are available from the DHHS Central Office. Completed application forms and narrative should be sent to the State Developmental Disabilities Council, Designated State Agency and Protection and Advocacy agency for review and comment. The standard application forms, as furnished by DHHS must be used for this program.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated by outside peer reviews and grants are awarded at the DHHS AIDD Central Office. Recommendations for funding are made by the Headquarters Office.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 45 to 90 days.
Appeals are processed in accordance with regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.
Same as Application Procedure.
How are proposals selected?
University Centers must address the provisions of the Act and regulations. Geographic dispersion. University Affiliation.
How may assistance be used?
Salaries for administrators, coordinators, and others needed to operate the Center and expenses required to start up new programs, and faculty for training programs who will meet critical manpower shortages and are not eligible for support from other sources.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees receive technical assistance through on-site compliance reviews and other supports.
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. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.
Records must be maintained for 3 years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title I Subpart D Public Law 106-402

Matching is voluntary. 75%. If project activities or products target individuals with developmental disabilities who live in an urban or rural poverty area, the Federal share may not exceed 90 percent of the project's necessary costs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
University Centers awards are made for 5 years with a 12-month budget period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services
Headquarters Office
Pam O'Brien
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 795-7417
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$47,173,000.00; FY 23 FY 24 FY 20$41,619,000.00; FY 21 est $42,119,000.00; FY 19$40,478,000.00; FY 18$38,619,000.00; FY 17$38,619,000.00; FY 16$38,619,000.00; - (Project Grants) FY 22 FY 23 est $40,723,267.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available - Updating FY23 obligation
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations are published in Chapter XIII of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1388.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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