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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Wireless Technologies

Grant to a USA State, IHE, For-Profit, or Nonprofit
to Research and Create Wireless Assistive Technologies

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:

03/17/21

LOI Date:

03/30/21

Deadline Date:

04/26/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grant to a USA state, IHE, for-profit, tribal organization, or nonprofit to research and create new wireless technologies to assist people with disabilities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for the development of technologies that will significantly improve the independence and quality of life of people with disabilities.

The purpose of the RERC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers for people with disabilities. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities.

This particular opportunity is for an RERC to conduct research and development activities to improve the ability of people with disabilities to obtain, independently access and use wireless technologies in their schools, communities, workplaces, and for emergency services.

Priority: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Wireless Technologies

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wireless Technologies.

Under this priority the RERC must conduct research and development activities that improve the ability of people with sensory, mobility, cognitive, physical, and other disabilities to independently obtain, access, and use wireless technologies in their schools, communities, workplaces, and for emergency services. The RERC must conduct these research and development activities toward the creation of innovative hardware, software, and infrastructure products that promote access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. People with disabilities must substantively contribute to all projects and project activities of this RERC.

The RERC must collaborate with and provide information to Federal agencies, wireless technology manufacturers, and other relevant stakeholders regarding barriers to and facilitators of the availability, access, and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. In particular, the RERC must collaborate with partner entities to facilitate the transfer of products that they develop.

The RERC must provide technical assistance, and carry out knowledge translation and dissemination. In particular, the RERC must follow, understand, and communicate to relevant stakeholders the concerns and opportunities pertaining to the efficacy, safety, and impact of new and emerging wireless technologies, infrastructure, services, and policies.

Ultimately, this RERC must address significant needs, promote independence, and improve the quality of life and community participation of people with disabilities.

For further priorities and requirements, see page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194803

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$925,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $925,000
Award Floor: $920,000

Term of Contract:

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

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2021

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers must be operated by, or in collaboration with one or more institutions of higher education, or one or more nonprofit organizations.

For Funding Restrictions, see page 17 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 03/17/2021

An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) 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 contact Megan Alvarado in order to participate in this meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

NIDILRR staff will also be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 03/17/2021. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Megan Alvarado.

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 03/30/2021

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 to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Due Date for Applications: 04/26/2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

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-days prior to the application closing date.

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 and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). Note: Once your SAM registration is active, allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in Grants.gov before you can submit an application through Grants.gov. This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330152

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

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

Letters of intent and requests to join the informational conference call should be sent to: Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov

If you have any questions about the programmatic or substantive requirements of this funding opportunity, please contact the competition manager:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Stephen Bauer
Stephen.Bauer@acl.hhs.gov
(202) 758-8005

Grants Management Specialist:

Office of Grants Management
Richard Adrien
(202) 795-7332

For assistance with Grants.gov, please contact them at support@grants.gov or 800-518-4726.

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-REGE-0029

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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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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