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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Tribes to Assist Individuals with Disabilities

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-DPKT-0060
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/22/23
Deadline: 06/16/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, for-profits, IHEs, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations to assist individuals with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that promote the implementation of findings that were gained from the funding source's research and development projects.

The purpose of the DRRPs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act, by generating new knowledge, or developing methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of health and function, community living, and employment outcomes among people with disabilities, especially people with disabilities who have the greatest support needs. Under this particular DRRP priority, grantees must engage in knowledge translation activities to promote the use or adoption of findings or products from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects.

A critical part of the mission of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is promoting the effective use of new findings and products from NIDILRR-sponsored research and development activities to improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities. 

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) grants. These DRRP grants will serve as Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice. Under this priority, grantees must promote the use, adoption, or implementation of findings, interventions, or products from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. Grantees under this priority must also document and disseminate the knowledge translation methods that they used to facilitate the use, adoption, or implementation of findings, interventions, or products by intended users.
Each knowledge translation grant under this priority must be conducted in partnership with people with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders. People with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders must be actively engaged in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all knowledge translation activities.
Applicants must ensure that all materials, websites, and information technology tools and products that they plan to develop or maintain will be accessible, and that electronic materials will be produced in full compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d). For websites this compliance currently requires meeting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0/2/1 AA success criteria. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet these requirements.
Grantees under this priority must contribute to the following outcomes:
  1. Use, adoption, or implementation of NIDILRR-sponsored findings, interventions, or products by intended users of such findings, interventions, or products;
  2. Changes in policy, practice, or systems that are intended to improve outcomes among people with disabilities, including people with disabilities from underserved communities highlighted in EO 13985, as a result of the use, adoption, or implementation of NIDILRR-sponsored findings, intervention, or products; and
  3. Increased understanding of knowledge translation activities that promote the use, adoption, or implementation of research-based findings, interventions, or products in disability, independent living, or rehabilitation contexts. 

An applicant should consult the NIDILRR 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 these DRRP projects must specify in their abstract and project narrative which of these outcome domains their proposed project will focus on. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should select the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.


  • 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • 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. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Information about Funding Restrictions can be found on page 16 of the FOA. See RFP & Supporting Documents.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Date for Informational Conference Call: 05/15/2023

Pre-Application Meeting: A pre-application teleconference meeting 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.

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

Pre-Application Information
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 05/15/2023
- Due Date for Letter Of Intent: 05/22/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 06/16/2023 Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

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 our staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

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 UEI 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. Effective June 11, 2018, when registering or renewing your registration, you must submit a notarized letter appointing the authorized Entity Administrator. Please be sure to read the FAQs located at to learn more. 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. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application or receive an award. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline.

Cost Sharing/Matching Requirement: No

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $200,000
- Award Floor: $195,000

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

Contact Information
Letters of intent
should be sent to:

Project Officer
Brian Bard
Phone: 202-795-7298

Grants Management Specialist
Carla Kirksey
Phone: 202-795-7303

Administration for Community Living
330 C St SW
Washington, DC 20201

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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