Rehabilitation Training Experimental and Innovative Training

This program is designed to: (a) Develop new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel and to demonstrate the effectiveness of these new types of training programs for rehabilitation personnel in providing rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities; and (b) develop new and
improved methods of training rehabilitation personnel so that there may be a more effective delivery of rehabilitation services by State and other rehabilitation agencies.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
The Center For Social Capital Inc $ 900,000   2020-10-012022-09-30
Auburn University $ 719,649   2020-10-012022-09-30
University Of Memphis, The $ 1,194,852   2019-10-012022-09-30
West Virginia University Research Corporation $ 1,477,725   2019-10-012022-09-30
University Of Massachusetts $ 1,350,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
University Of Massachusetts $ 1,350,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
George Washington University, The $ 1,719,310   2019-10-012022-09-30
South Carolina State University $ 1,549,033   2019-10-012022-09-30
Emporia State University $ 608,027   2019-10-012022-09-30
University Of Wisconsin- System $ 2,612,075   2015-10-012021-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Training grants are provided in fields directly related to the vocational and independent living rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State vocational rehabilitation agencies, including Territories and other public or nonprofit agencies and organizations (including institutions of higher education) may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals preparing for or employed in positions relating to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities will benefit.


An application should show evidence of current accreditation by or seeking of accreditation from the designated accreditation agency in the respective professional field. OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Education Department General Administrative Regulations at 34 CFR Parts 74, 75 and 80 apply to this program. New applications are made to the Department of Education, Application Control Center, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4725. Attention: 84.263.

Award Procedures

New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and the review and approval of applications by staff in various offices within the Department.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title III, Section 302.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 160 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are available only through the new application process. Projects with an approved multi-year project period may be continued based on the availability of appropriated funds and an annual review of accomplishments to determine satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Grantees are required to share in the costs of projects with the proportion subject to individual negotiation. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects may generally be supported for a maximum of 5 years. Funds are granted on a 12-month basis. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits must be conducted on a continuing basis or at scheduled intervals, usually once a year, but at least once every 2 years.


Proper records must be maintained as required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) or until all audit questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $500,000 - No additional obligations is expected for FY 2012 and 2013.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

To be determined.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations can be found in 34 CFR Parts 385 and 387.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tom Finch, Department of Education, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7343.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The relevance of the content of the training to the mission of the public rehabilitation program and priorities for projects are in the application notice. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program regulations 34 CFR Parts 385 and 387.

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