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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Blindness and Low Vision

Grant to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency, IHE, or Tribe to Research
and Develop Technologies for Individuals with Vision Impairment

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

Conf. Date:

03/12/21

LOI Date:

03/24/21

Deadline Date:

04/19/21

Description:

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Grant to a USA nonprofit organization, for-profit, government agency, institution of higher education, or Tribe to research and develop technologies for individuals with blindness or vision impairment. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be initiated at least two weeks prior to applying.

Priority: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Low Vision and Blindness The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes this priority for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Low Vision and Blindness. This RERC must conduct research and development activities that lead to new methods and technologies that can be used to promote independence and community living among people of all ages with low vision and blindness. People with low vision and blindness may include but are not limited to older adults, prematurely born infants, those who are deaf-blind, and those with multiple disabilities.

Specifically, the RERC must develop or identify and then evaluate the effectiveness of tools, technologies, interventions, or rehabilitation strategies that promote independence and positive community living outcomes among people who are blind or have low vision. The aim of these tools, technologies, interventions or rehabilitation strategies may include, but are not limited to: (1) increased access to graphical information, signage, travel information, or devices and appliances that have digital displays and control panels; (2) improved non-visual orientation and mobility in both indoor and outdoor environments; and (3) increased participation of people with low vision or blindness in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. 

Applicants must specify the stage or stages of research of the research projects that they are proposing. If the applicant proposes to conduct research that can be categorized under more than one stage, including research that progresses from one stage to another, those stages must be clearly specified. These stages, exploration and discovery, intervention development, intervention efficacy, and scale-up evaluation, are defined in this section of the funding opportunity announcement.

Applicants must specify the stage or stages of development of the development projects that they are proposing. If the applicant proposes to conduct development that can be categorized under more than one stage, those stages must be clearly specified. These stages, proof of concept, proof of product, and proof of adoption are defined in this section of the funding opportunity announcement. 

For additional details, requirements, and definitions, see pages 7-10 of the RFA document in Attached Files below.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194720

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$920,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $925,000 Per Budget Period

Award Floor: $920,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2021

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations,
including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 03/12/2021

An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the date listed above for the informational conference call. 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 email 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:

Letter of Intent: 03/24/2021 - 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.

Submission Dates and Times: 04/19/2021 - Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your application 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 https://www.grants.gov. Grants.gov can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

All applicants must have a DUNS number (https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/) and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, http://www.sam.gov/) and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award. Maintain documentation (with dates) of your efforts to register or renew at least two weeks before the deadline.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330155

Contact Information:

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

Letters of intent should be sent to: Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov

If you have any questions about the programmatic or substantive requirements of this funding opportunity, please contact the competition manager:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Thomas Corfman
Thomas.Corfman@acl.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-REGE-0030

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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