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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP): Assistive Technology to Promote Independence and Community Living (Development)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Develop Assistive Technology Research Projects

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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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Deadline Date:

06/17/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit agencies and organizations, IHEs, tribes and tribal organizations, small businesses, and state governments for research development projects on assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. NIDILRR's three awards under this grant competition may include research projects, development projects, or both, depending on the ranking of applications provided by the peer review panel.

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) establishes a priority for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) on assistive technology solutions for daily living. Under this DRRP priority, applicants must propose a development project that is aimed at maintaining or improving the independence, community living, and quality of life outcomes of people with disabilities--with a particular emphasis on seniors with disabilities--through assistive technology. In carrying out a development project under this program, an applicant 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.

Assistive technology development topics under this priority may include but are not limited to: human-computer interfaces; automation and/or robotics technologies; home-based technologies; recreational technologies; health service delivery technologies; and mobility, cognitive, sensory, and communication aids.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185847

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

NIDILRR plans to make three DRRP awards under this grant competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $1,333,332 Per Project Period
Award Floor: $1,330,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

Funding is for a project period of 36 months.


  • 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 funded 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:

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date for Informational Conference Call:

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 individul consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Marlene Spencer.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 05/23/2019
Due Date for Applications: 06/17/2019
Date for Informational Conference Call: 05/08/2019

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date listed immediately above for "Due Date for Applications."

Due to the open nature of the DRRP priorities announced here and to assist with the selection of reviewers for this competition, NIDILRR is requesting all potential applicants to submit a letter of intent (LOI). 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.

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.

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

Other program contact:

Project Officer
Thomas Corfman
Office: 202-795-7328

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