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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program: RERC on Technologies to Enhance Independence and Community Living Among People with Cognitive Disabilities

ID: HHS-2024-ACL-NIDILRR-REGE-0078 • Type: Posted

Description

The purpose of the RERC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities. The purpose of this particular RERC is to conduct research, development, and related activities toward technologies that support the community living and participation of adults with cognitive disabilities. NIDILRR plans to make one RERC award under this opportunity. The grant will have a 60-month project period, with five 12-month budget periods.
Background
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program aims to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers for people with disabilities. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities.

Grant Details
The purpose of this particular RERC is to conduct research, development, and related activities toward technologies that support the community living and participation of adults with cognitive disabilities. The grant will have a 60-month project period, with five 12-month budget periods. The RERC must focus on innovative technological solutions, new knowledge, and implementation strategies that enhance the self-management, independence, community living, and quality of life of people with cognitive disabilities. Research and development topics may include robotics and automation technologies; monitoring and prompting technologies or other information or communication aids; assistive technologies, including socially assistive robotics; mobile and wearable technologies; virtual reality; care coordination or tele-health, tele-rehabilitation, and other tele-support systems to facilitate improved independence and community living outcomes of people with cognitive disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include states; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; Indian tribes and tribal organizations. There is no cost sharing or matching requirement for this grant opportunity. To be considered for review under this grant opportunity, applicants must propose to run a RERC grant that is responsive to each of the requirements in the priority section of this funding opportunity announcement.

Period of Performance
The grant will have a 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.

Grant Value
$925,000 is the estimated total funding for one award under this opportunity. The award ceiling is $925,000 per budget period with an award floor of $920,000 per budget period.

Overview

Category of Funding
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 2/23/24 Administration for Community Living posted grant opportunity HHS-2024-ACL-NIDILRR-REGE-0078 for Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program: RERC on Technologies to Enhance Independence and Community Living Among People with Cognitive Disabilities with funding of $925,000. The grant will be issued under grant program 93.433 ACL National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. It is expected that one grant will be made worth between $920,000 and $925,000.

Timing

Posted Date
Feb. 23, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
April 24, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 7 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Last Updated
Feb. 23, 2024, 3:07 p.m. EST
Version
2
Archive Date
Sept. 30, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
City or township governments
Private institutions of higher education
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Special district governments
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Info
States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$925,000
Floor
$920,000
Estimated Program Funding
$925,000
Estimated Number of Grants
1

Contacts

Contact
Administration for Community Living
Contact Phone
(202) 795-7407
Additional Information Site

Documents

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