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Grant to a USA Tribe, IHE, Nonprofit, For-Profit, or Agency for Research to Build an Effective Employment Program for People with Disabilities

Scaling Up Evidence-Based Services to Promote Competitive Integrated Employment Among People with Disabilities


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-DPEM-0001
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/31/23
Deadline: 06/26/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA Tribe, IHE, nonprofit or for-profit organization, or government agency for research to build an effective employment program for people with disabilities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to establish strong evidence regarding the effectiveness of employment interventions to generate positive competitive integrated employment outcomes among people with disabilities, and to conduct research to test the effectiveness of such interventions when implemented widely in real-world settings.

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, the grantee must conduct research to further build the evidence base for an employment intervention or program that promotes competitive integrated employment among people with disabilities. The DRRP must focus its research on an existing intervention or program that has previous evidence of efficacy. The DRRP must further strengthen that evidence base or bring the intervention to scale in real-world settings.

For further program details, see p. 4 of the FOA in Attached Files.

For program priorities, see p. 6 of the FOA in Attached Files.


  • 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
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.

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.

For funding restrictions, see p. 19 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on 05/18/2023. 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
Due Date for Letter Of Intent: 05/31/2023

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 must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 06/26/2023.

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.

All applicants must submit an application electronically through ACL strongly recommends that you do not wait until the application due date to begin the application process because of the time involved to complete the registration process. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $900,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $895,000 Per Budget Period

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

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2023

Contact Information
Letters of intent and requests to participate in the informational conference call should be sent to Megan Alvarado at

Project Officer:
Hugh Berry
Phone: (202) 795-7308
Office: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:
Carla Kirksey
Phone: (202) 795-7303
Office: Office of Grants Management

If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through, please contact the Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726.

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