ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

To support and coordinate research and its utilization in order to improve the lives of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities, especially persons with severe disabilities, through: (1) identifying and eliminating causes and consequences of disability; (2) maximizing the health, physical,
and emotional status of persons with disabilities and their functional ability, self- sufficiency, self-development and personal autonomy; (3) preventing or minimizing personal and family, physical, mental, social, educational, vocational, and economic effects of disability; and (4) reducing and eliminating physical, social, educational, vocational, and environmental barriers to permit access to services and assistance and to use their abilities in daily life.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Pittsburgh, The $ 924,991   2021-09-222026-08-31
Brandeis University $ 500,000   2021-09-142026-08-31
Craig Hospital $ 692,500   2021-09-222026-08-31
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey $ 875,000   2021-09-222026-08-31
Temple University-of The Commonwealth System Of Higher Education $ 499,999   2021-09-142026-08-31
University Of Alabama At Birmingham $ 692,500   2021-09-012026-08-31
Craig Hospital $ 490,000   2021-09-012026-08-31
Icahn School Of Medicine At Mount Sinai $ 460,425   2021-09-012026-08-31
Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago $ 490,000   2021-09-012026-08-31
Shepherd Center, Inc. $ 486,516   2021-09-012026-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts are awarded for research, demonstration, dissemination/utilization projects of national significance, and career training projects.

All applications must meet standards of excellence in research and evaluation design.

Fellowships support individual investigators in pursuing research in rehabilitation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible for research projects and specialized research activities related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities; fellowships may be awarded to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals with disabilities may benefit directly or indirectly from research and other activities conducted by grantees, such as technical assistance and dissemination.


Applicants should present written evidence of other agencies' willingness to cooperate when the project involves their acceptance or the utilization of their facilities or services. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments, and OMB Circular A-122 for non-profit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. NIDRR long- range plan serves as the basis for program announcements that are published in or posted on the ACL website. Proposed priorities may also be published in the Federal Register and Requests for Proposals published in the Commerce Business Daily.

Award Procedures

New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and subsequent review and approval of applications by staff within the Department. Official notice of approved applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award or an official letter of fellowship award. Grants and fellowships are awarded by the Secretary, Health and Human Services.


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


The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II, as amended, Title II.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Ranges from 30 to 120 days. Generally, solicited grants, fellowships, and contracts will be acted upon within 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Grantees must submit annual progress reports in order to receive continuation funding. Awards may be renewed annual for up to five years or to a lesser project period contingent upon the award specifications. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are awarded in 12 month budget periods. Support beyond the first 12 month budget period is contingent upon evidence that the grantee has made substantial progress toward achieving the objectives and outcomes for a project, and availability of appropriations. Awards may be made for a maximum of five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual reports of progress and annual expenditures are required on all projects.

Comprehensive final reports are due 90 days after the end of the project.

No performance monitoring is required; however, NIDRR has established an extensive system of performance monitoring involving is program officers in oversight of progress toward goals proposed in grant applications.

These activities are designed to monitor for performance and research outcomes.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


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. In accordance with the provisions of Subpart F-Audit Requirements, under 45 CFR Part 75.500, nonfederal 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. Nonfederal 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 45 CFR Part 75.500.


Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant or contract number including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for three years. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $103,970,000; FY 17 est $103,970,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range and average vary greatly according to the competition.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Grant administrative policies for programs and fellowships may be obtained from the program office. NIDRR program regulations are contained in 34 CFR Parts 350-359.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ruth Brannon 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Phone: 202.795.7313

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Objectives of projects and programs must be in consonance with and should contribute to achievement of the goals and objectives of the Institute. Proposed research and development activities must be rigorous and of high quality. Adequate facilities must be available or planned to carry out the specific project or program. Personnel must be trained and qualified to carry out the proposed programs, and staffing patterns must be appropriate. Demonstrations of adequate plans and procedures for ensuring the relevance to current needs in rehabilitation and the potential for project results must be effectively utilized. Commitment of available resources on the part of the applicant and evidence that the applicant has knowledge of rehabilitation issues as well as knowledge of past and present related research activities. A statement showing that the estimated cost to the government is reasonable in relation to anticipated project results. Demonstrate the ability and capacity to achieve stated goals. Demonstrate, coordinate and cooperate with regional programs, State agency programs, and private rehabilitation facilities. Specific weighted selection criteria are contained in program regulations. For fellowships, criteria are specified in program regulations, 34 CFR Part 356. These criteria include the education and experience of the individual and the quality of the fellowship proposal.

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