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Grant to a USA IHE for Programs to Provide Experience and Training to Rehabilitation Researchers

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Employment

GrantWatch ID# 187630
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-AREM-0000

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/27/22
LOI Date: 11/10/22
Deadline: 12/05/22 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Grant to a USA private or public institution of higher education to provide research experience and training to rehabilitation researchers, including researchers with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for research to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The purpose of the ARRT Program is to increase the capacity for high-quality rehabilitation research by supporting grants to institutions to provide advanced research training to individuals with doctorates or similar advanced degrees who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including individuals with disabilities and other individuals underrepresented in the scientific workforce, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act. ARRT projects must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability and rehabilitation research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This particular funding opportunity announcement invites applications for ARRT grants in NIDILRR's employment domain.

Proposed ARRT projects must:

  • Recruit and select candidates for advanced research training and include in their application targeted plans for recruiting individuals with disabilities. Applicants may also include targeted plans for recruiting individuals from additional populations that are underrepresented in the scientific workforce, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders;
  • Provide a training program that includes didactic instruction, is multidisciplinary, and emphasizes scientific methodology;
  • Provide research experience with qualified researchers at the host institution or other appropriate institutions and practicum experience, or other practical activities, with organizations representing individuals with disabilities;
  • Provide academic and career mentorship;
  • Provide opportunities for participation in the development of professional presentations and scholarly publications and for attendance at professional conferences and meetings.

ARRT projects must provide training to individuals for at least one academic year unless a longer training period is necessary to ensure that each trainee is qualified to conduct independent research upon completion of the course of training.


  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants: Institutions of Higher Education only

For funding restrictions, see p. 14 of the RFP document in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on 10/27/2022.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the pre-application meeting to discuss the funding priority and to receive information and technical assistance. You must contact Megan Alvarado in order to participate in this meeting.

NIDILRR staff also will be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the date listed above. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Megan Alvarado.

Pre-Application Information
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 10/27/2022
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 11/10/2022
- Due Date for Applications: 12/05/2022 by 11:59 PM ET

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or with, which can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $195,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 06/01/2023

Contact Information
To submit a letter of intent or to register for the pre-application meeting, please email:
Megan Alvarado

For questions about the programmatic or substantive requirements of this funding opportunity, please contact program staff:

Anne Ordway, Project Officer
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Carla Kirksey, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management

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RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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