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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Promote Self-Sufficiency for Individuals with Disabilities

Field Initiated Projects Program (Development)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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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:

12/14/21

LOI Date:

12/28/21

Deadline Date:

01/24/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to develop technologies and systems that help promote self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on individuals with severe disabilities. Funding is intended to maximize full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency. Additionally, the goal is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

In carrying out a development activity under an FI Projects development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols, that are beneficial to the target population. 

An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains: (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 2022, there are two invitational priorities of interest to the agency (see below). NIDILRR does not give applications that address either of 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 that address the impact of videoconferencing technologies on the experiences and outcomes of 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178040

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,400,000

Number of Grants:

7

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: 09/01/2022

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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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.

Meals are generally an unallowable expense.

For funding restrictions, see page 14 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 12/14/2021 for the informational conference call.

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:

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 staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review. Letters of intent are due December 28, 2021.

Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on January 24, 2022.

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 DUNS number (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/) and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, http://www.sam.gov/). Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new or renew an existing registration at least two weeks before the deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=336580

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

Contact Information:

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

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:

Theresa San Agustin, Project Officer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Theresa.SanAgustin@acl.hhs.gov
(202) 795-7431

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

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

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACL-NIDILRR-IFDV-0007

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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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