OSP FO# 11-002

AGENCY: Department of Education (DOEd)/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services/National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

PROGRAM: Research Fellowships Program

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to build research capacity by providing support to enable highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to conduct research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. There are two types of fellowships under this program: 1) Merit Fellowships and 2) Distinguished Fellowships.

Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). Section 204 authorizes research designed to maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, into society, by fostering improvements in the areas of employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act. For FY 2011, DOEd is particularly interested in applications from qualified individuals with disabilities.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants for the Merit Fellowship must have either advanced professional training or independent study experience in an area that is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation. In the most recent competitions for this program, Merit Fellowship recipients had research experience at the doctoral level.

Applicants for the Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to rehabilitation research and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications.

DEADLINE: February 25, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd anticipates providing $505,000 to support seven awards for a period of up to 12 months. Merit Fellowships may not request more than $65,000 in total costs. Distinguished Fellowships may not request more than $75,000 in total costs.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Marlene Spencer
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Room 5133, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP)
Washington, DC 20202-2800
Telephone: (202) 245–7532
E-mail: marlene.spencer@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/programs/resfel/applicant.html

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines (CFDA# 84.133F–1) and application material may be obtained from the website listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.