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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Field Initiated Projects Program

Deadline: February 8, 2017

The purpose of the Field Initiated (FI) Projects program is to develop methods, procedures, and
rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose of the FI Projects program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

In carrying out a development activity under a FI Projects development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols that are beneficial to the target population.

An applicant should consult NIDRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299)
(the Plan) when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains: (1) community living and participation; (2) health and function; and (3) employment. Applicants for FI projects must specify in their abstract and project narrative which of NIDILRR’s major outcome domains their proposed project will focus on: (1) community living and participation, (2) health and function, or (3) employment. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should select the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.

Amount: $1,600,000 for 8 awards of up to $200,000 each.

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

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289877

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