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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Agency, Nonprofit, For-Profit, or IHE for Research to Improve Outcomes for Youth with Mental Health Conditions

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Community Living and Participation Among Transition Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions From Disadvantaged, Vulnerable, or Marginalized Backgrounds


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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-RTCP-0050
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/14/23
Deadline: 07/10/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA state, nonprofit or for-profit organization, tribe, IHE, or agency for research to improve outcomes for youth ages 14-26 who have mental health conditions. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations in advance of the deadline.

The purpose of the RRTCs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. The purpose of this particular RRTC is to generate new research-based knowledge toward improved community living and participation outcomes among transition age youth with serious mental health conditions who are from disadvantaged or marginalized backgrounds.

Transition age youth (TAY) with a serious mental health condition (SMHC) from disadvantaged, vulnerable, and marginalized backgrounds frequently experience challenges in community living and participation. The COVID pandemic, including the unknown effects of long COVID, may increase those challenges. There is a substantial need for evidence-based and effective interventions to improve their community living and participation.

The RRTC must conduct research or evaluative studies designed to improve the community living and participation outcomes among TAY with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) from disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalized backgrounds. Evaluative studies conducted by this RRTC will focus on assessing the effectiveness of existing programs or services; research studies will generate new knowledge, generalizable to the relevant target populations.

For the purposes of this priority, transition-age youth are people who are 14 years of age or older, and 26 years of age or younger. For people under the age of 18, SMHC refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that substantially interferes with or limits a child’s role in family, school, or community activities (Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, 2017). For people 18 and older, SMHC refers to a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that results in functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities (Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, 2017). The term “disadvantaged, vulnerable or marginalized" refers to youth of color; youth who have run away or been turned out of their homes following neglect and/or abuse; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI+) youth; youth experiencing first episode psychosis; youth living in rural or frontier areas; youth adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality; or youth who are or have been involved in the justice and/or child welfare systems.

For further program details and priorities, see p. 9 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.

For funding restrictions, see p. 24 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 06/08/2023. 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 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: 06/08/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/14/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 07/10/2023 by 11:59 PM ET

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 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.

Please note, ACL requires applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

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.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $875,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $870,000 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 should be sent to:

Project Officer:

Kirstin Painter
(202) 795-7318
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:

Howard Nicholas
(202) 795-7275
Office of Grants Management

For assistance with, please contact them at or 800-518-4726 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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