OSP FO# 11-086

AGENCY: Department of Education (DOEd)/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

PROGRAM: Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for projects that: (1) provide basic or advanced training leading to an academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary; (2) provide a specified series of courses or program of study leading to the award of a certificate in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary; and (3) provide support for medical residents enrolled in residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

This program includes two absolute priorities, one competitive preference priority, and one invitational priority:

Absolute Priority 1: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Programs Designed to Provide Academic Training in Areas of Personnel Shortages. For each competition, the Department considers only applications that propose to provide training in the following priority areas of personnel shortages: Rehabilitation Counseling, Undergraduate Education in the Rehabilitation Services, Specialized Personnel for Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Vision Impairments, and Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Absolute Priority 2: Partnership with the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. This priority supports projects that will increase the knowledge of students of the role and responsibilities of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor and of the benefits of counseling in State VR agencies.

Competitive Preference Priority: Building Evidence of Effectiveness. Projects that propose evaluation plans that are likely to produce valid and reliable evidence in the following priority area: Identifying and improving practices, strategies, and policies that may contribute to improving outcomes.

Invitational Priority: Demonstrating Evidence of a High-Quality Plan for a Successful Long-Term Rehabilitation Training Program. The Department invites applicants to provide detailed plans on how they will ensure the quality of VR training funded by this grant and improve employment outcomes for students.

In deciding whether to continue funding any Long-Term Training program for the fourth and fifth years, the Secretary will consider the requirements of 34 CFR 75.253(a) as well as additional factors which are outlined in the program announcement below.

DEADLINES:
Internal BU Deadline: May 13, 2011
Agency Deadline: June 6, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd anticipates providing $1.15 million to support an estimated nine awards for a period of up to 60 months. The estimated range of awards is $75,000-$150,000 and the estimated average award size is $100,000. Cost-sharing of at least 10% of the total cost of the project is required.

AGENCY CONTACT:
RoseAnn Ashby
U.S. Department of Education
Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, SW. Room 5055, PCP
Washington, DC 20202–2800
Telephone: (202) 245–7258
E-mail: roseann.ashby@ed.gov
Web: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-9625.pdf

REMARKS: An internal deadline has been established to coordinate institutional cost-sharing commitments for this program. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Friday, May 13, 2011. In the memorandum, (1) briefly describe the proposed project, (2) list key participating faculty, (3) itemize all cost-sharing commitments being requested from the University, within the context of a fully developed project budget, and (4) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for NEH funding. The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, if a commitment of Provost funds is required, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Provost’s Office for authorization. PIs will then be advised of authorized institutional cost-sharing commitments in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review. PIs are encouraged to consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for assistance with the preparation of the project budget.

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 web site 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 and application material (CFDA# 84.129) may be obtained from the web site 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.