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Grant to a USA State, Tribe, IHE, Nonprofit, or For-Profit for Research to Improve the Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities

Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Disability in Rural Communities


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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-0027
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 03/06/23
Deadline: 03/31/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA state, Tribe, IHE, nonprofit or for-profit organization, or agency for research projects that will improve the employment, health, and community participation of individuals with disabilities living in rural areas. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying.

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) establishes a priority for an RRTC on Disability in Rural Areas. This RRTC must conduct research, knowledge translation, training, dissemination, and technical assistance activities to improve outcomes among people with disabilities who live in rural areas, including those from racial and ethnic minority groups. The RRTC must focus its research on one or more specific stages of research. If the RRTC is to conduct research that can be categorized under more than one of the research stages, or research that progresses from one stage to another, those stages must be clearly specified and justified. The RRTC must also focus its research activities on topics that fall under at least one of the outcome domains identified in NIDILRR's Long Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 (78 FR 20299): health and function, employment, or community living and participation.

RRTC applicants must demonstrate in their original application that people with disabilities from diverse racial and ethnic communities will be included in proposed samples in sufficient numbers to generate knowledge and products that are relevant to the racial and ethnic diversity of the population of people with disabilities being studied. Applicants must describe and justify the planned racial and ethnic distribution of people with disabilities who will participate in the proposed research projects.

Under this priority, the RRTC must be designed to contribute to the following outcomes:

  1. New knowledge about the experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities who live in rural areas, relative to those of urban residents with disabilities.
  2. New evidence-based interventions designed to improve outcomes for people with disabilities living in rural areas.
  3. Greater societal and service delivery capacity to promote positive outcomes for people with disabilities in rural areas.
  4. The RRTC must ensure that all materials, websites, and information and technology tools and products that it plans to develop or maintain are accessible, and that electronic materials are 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. RRTC applications must demonstrate an ability to meet these requirements.


  • 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. 21 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Date for Informational Conference Call: 02/21/2023

An informational conference call 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
Due Date for Letter Of Intent: 03/06/2023
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.

Due Date for Applications: 03/31/2023 by 11:59 PM ET
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

Please note, ACL requires applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through in Workspace. 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
The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2023

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:
Thomas Corfman
Phone: (202) 795-7328
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:
Carla Kirksey
Phone: 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.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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