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Grant to a USA IHE, Agency, Nonprofit, or For-Profit to Develop Research Methods to Enable Participation from People with Cognitive Disabilities

Improving Methods for Conducting Research with People with Cognitive Disabilities in Virtual Environments


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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-DPGE-0060
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/08/23
Deadline: 07/03/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA IHE, agency, nonprofit or for-profit organization, tribe, or state to develop research methods appropriate for use in virtual environments with people with cognitive disabilities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations in advance of the deadline.

Under this particular DRRP priority, the grantee must conduct research toward the development of rigorous research methods and approaches that can be used in virtual environments to enable people with cognitive disabilities to share valid, reliable, and meaningful data about their experiences and outcomes. People with cognitive disabilities may include but are not limited to those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, serious mental illness, traumatic brain injury, dementia, or stroke.

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for a Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Improving Methods for Conducting Research with People with Cognitive Disabilities in Virtual Environments. The DRRP must contribute to the outcome of establishing new research methods and approaches to enable people with cognitive disabilities to share valid, reliable, and meaningful data about their experiences and outcomes when participating in research that uses remote virtual technologies.

To contribute to this outcome, the DRRP must--

  1. Conduct research in the following priority areas, focusing on people with cognitive disabilities as a group or on people in specific cognitive disability subpopulations:
    1. Identifying the challenges and consequences of conducting research in remote virtual environments with people with cognitive disabilities, including those with the greatest support needs.
    2. Developing research methods and approaches to overcome the challenges and minimize the adverse consequences of conducting research in remote virtual environments with people with cognitive disabilities.
    3. Testing the effectiveness of the research methods and approaches developed in (a)(ii) of this priority, in enabling people with cognitive disabilities to share, and researchers to collect valid, reliable, and meaningful research data.
  2. Focus its research on a specific stage of research. If the DRRP is to conduct research that can be categorized under more than one stage, including research that progresses from one stage to another, those stages must be clearly specified and justified. These stages: exploration and discovery, intervention development, intervention efficacy, and scale-up evaluation, are defined in this funding opportunity announcement. Applicants must justify the need and rationale for research at the proposed stage or stages and describe fully an appropriate methodology or methodologies for the proposed research.
  3. Conduct knowledge translation activities (i.e., utilization, dissemination) to facilitate stakeholder (e.g., individuals with cognitive disabilities, researchers, policymakers, practitioners) use of the knowledge, research tools, technologies, or products that result from the research activities conducted under paragraph (a) of this priority.
  4. Demonstrate, in its original application, that people with cognitive disabilities from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds will be included in study samples in sufficient numbers to generate knowledge and products that are relevant to the racial and ethnic diversity of the population of people with cognitive disabilities being studied. The DRRP must describe and justify, in its original application, the planned racial and ethnic distribution of people with cognitive disabilities who will participate in the proposed research activities.
  5. Involving people with cognitive disabilities and members of other key stakeholder groups in the activities conducted under paragraph (a) – (c) to maximize the relevance and usability of the new knowledge and products generated and distributed by the DRRP. Such involvement is consistent with Executive Order 14091, Section 5: Delivering Equitable Outcomes in Partnership with Underserved Communities.


  • 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.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

For funding restrictions, see p. 18 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 05/31/2023. 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: 05/31/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/08/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 07/03/2023 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: $500,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $495,000 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:

Amanda Reichard
(202) 795-7786
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:

Carla Kirksey
(202) 795-7303
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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