OSP FO# 11-146

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

PROGRAM: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)—Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP)—Disability in the Family

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP)is (1) to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology, that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and (2) to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Under this program, the Department is announcing a priority for a center on disability in the family. Under this priority, the DRRP must contribute to the outcome of increased participation and community living for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Under this priority, applicants are required to:

1. Conduct research activities, development activities, or both;
2. Identify or develop, and test or evaluate interventions, programs, technologies, or products;
3. Conduct knowledge translation activities (i.e., training, technical assistance, utilization, dissemination) in order to facilitate stakeholder (e.g., people with disabilities, families that have at least one member with a disability) use of the interventions, programs, technologies, or products that resulted from the research activities, development activities, or both;
4. Involve key stakeholder groups in the activities described above in order to maximize the relevance and usability of the interventions, programs, technologies, or products to be developed or studied;
5. Include families who are from traditionally underserved populations and who have at least one member with a disability as participants when conducting the activities described above.

Applicants also are encouraged to, but are not required to, contribute the following:

1. Focus activities at the individual level, the family level, the systems level, or any combination of the three levels;
2. Include in the activities families with a person with a disability of any age and any disability;
3. Interpret the term “family” broadly; and
4. Choose from a wide range of research and development topics and approaches within any of the domains in NIDRR’s currently approved Long Range Plan (i.e., participation and community living, technology for access and function, health and function, employment) in order to contribute to the outcome goal of increased participation and community living for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Please see the program announcements below for further program details.

DEADLINE: August 8, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The DOEd anticipates providing $500,000 to support one discretionary grant for a period of up to 60 months. Budget requests should not exceed $500,000 per year.

Cost sharing is required and will be negotiated at the time of award.

Lynn Medley
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Room 5140, PCP
Washington, DC 20202-2700
Telephone: (202) 245–7338
Fax: (202) 245-7323
E-mail: Lynn.Medley@ed.gov
Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=98654

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (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# 84.133A-9) 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.