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Grant to a USA Agency, IHE, Nonprofit, or For-Profit for Research on the Effects of Mental Illness on Aging Adults

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Aging Among Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses


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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-RTHF-0000
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/09/23
Deadline: 07/05/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA tribe, state, agency, IHE, or nonprofit or for-profit organization for research on the effects of mental illness on aging adults. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to research how psychiatric disabilities affect the aging process and how to achieve better health psychosocial and health outcomes.

With the funding of this NOFO, the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for a RRTC grant on Aging Among Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses. The RRTC must contribute to the development of new knowledge on serious mental illnesses extending into old age. The research activities must be focused on the priority population of adults aging with serious mental illnesses. According to SAMHSA, serious mental illness among people over the age of 18 is defined as having a diagnosable mental, behavior, or emotional disorder that causes serious functional impairment that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. Adults aging with serious mental illness are those with early onset of a serious mental illness and persistent symptoms and disability requiring long-term treatment and do not include adults with any mental illness with onset in late life. Mental health conditions of interest include mood, anxiety, and personality disorders; psychotic disorders and schizophrenia; and psychiatric syndromes excluding those related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias unless examined as an age-related comorbid condition. The RRTC must serve as a national resource center on aging among adults with serious mental illnesses and provide research-based training, technical assistance, and dissemination of informational materials to adults aging with serious mental illnesses and their representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

For further details on program 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. 23 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 06/02/2023. 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: 06/02/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/09/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 07/05/2023 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:

Anne Ordway
(202) 795-7313
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.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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