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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Independent Living Transition Services for Youth and Young Adults with Significant Disabilities from Minority Backgrounds

Grant to a USA Minority or Tribal Institution for Research
on Transition Services for Minority Youth with Disabilities

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

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08/19/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grant to a USA minority or tribal institution of higher education or college for research on improving post-secondary transition services for minority and ethnically diverse youth with significant disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

NIDILRR is seeking applications that address all elements of the priority and that propose appropriate, high-quality research methods. It is critical that proposals describe expected public benefits, especially benefits for individuals with disabilities, and propose projects that are designed to demonstrate outcomes that are consistent with the proposed goals.

The grant to be made under this opportunity will contribute to the evidence base upon which Centers for Independent Living (CILs) can provide effective services to help youth with significant disabilities– particularly for those from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds-- transition to post-secondary life. To help ensure the relevance of the research-based knowledge generated by this grant, CILs must be substantially involved in the design and implementation of all research, dissemination, training, and technical assistance activities. The DRRP may also include collaboration with other relevant stakeholders (e.g. vocational rehabilitation providers, school systems, community-based organizations). The target population for this grant’s activities is youth with significant disabilities from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, age 14-24, who were eligible for individualized education programs and who have completed their secondary education or otherwise left school.

Under this priority, the DRRP must contribute to the following outcomes:

a. New knowledge and information about evidence-based CIL services for assisting youth with significant disabilities transition to post-secondary life – with a particular emphasis on serving youth CIL clients from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.

b. New knowledge among CIL personnel about optimal, evidence-based approaches to
providing services to youth with significant disabilities – particularly those from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds –to support successful transition to post-secondary life. To contribute to this outcome, the DRRP must provide extensive dissemination, training, and technical assistance to CILs across the country – on services to assist youth with significant disabilities to successfully transition to postsecondary education or employment.

For more details about grant priorities and outcomes, see pages 3-4 of the Grant Announcement document in Attached Files below.

NIDILRR / ILA will provide ongoing guidance and technical assistance on issues related to research and related requirements of the grant, as well as grants management and implementation. NIDILRR / ILA will also share information with the grantee about other federally sponsored projects and activities relevant to activities funded under this announcement.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186279

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Award Ceiling: $1,293,390 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $1,293,390 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Minority entities are the only applicants that are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity. Section 21(b)(2)(A)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act authorizes NIDILRR and ILA to make awards to minority entities and Indian tribes to carry out activities authorized under Titles II and VII of the Act, respectively. A minority entity is defined as a historically black college or university (a part B institution, as defined in section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended), a Hispanic-serving institution of higher education, an American Indian tribal college or university, or another institution of higher education whose minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent.

Meals are generally unallowable except for the following:

- For subjects and patients under study (usually a research program);
- Where specifically approved as part of the project or program activity, e.g., in programs providing children’s services (e.g., Headstart);
- When an organization customarily provides meals to employees working beyond the normal workday, as a part of a formal compensation arrangement; and
- As part of a per diem or subsistence allowance provided in conjunction with allowable travel.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 07/12/2019

Pre-Application Meeting: A pre-application teleconference meeting will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the date listed above 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 email Marlene Spencer in order to participate in this meeting.

NIDILRR staff also will be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Request for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Marlene Spencer.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 07/24/2019
Due Date for Applications: 08/19/2019
Date for Informational Conference Call: 07/12/2019

Due to the nature of this DRRP competition, NIDILRR is requesting all potential applicants to submit a letter of intent (LOI). These letters will assist NIDILRR in selecting reviewers for this competition. The submission is not mandatory, and the content of the LOI will not be peer reviewed or otherwise used to rate an applicant’s application.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date listed immediately above for "Due Date for Applications." Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application 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 can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

All applicants must have a DUNS number ( and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and, should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise.

Successful applicants will receive an electronic Notice of Award no later than September 30, 2019. All applicants will receive feedback from the peer review process no later than September 30, 2019.

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Contact Information:

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

The LOI must be sent to:

Grants Management Specialist
Marlene Spencer
Office: 202-795-7442

Additional contact:

Project Officer
Amanda Reichard
Office: 202-795-7786

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