U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
04/26/21 11:59 PM ET
Grant to a USA state, IHE, for-profit, tribal organization, or nonprofit to research and create new wireless technologies to assist people with disabilities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for the development of technologies that will significantly improve the independence and quality of life of people with disabilities.
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 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.
This particular opportunity is for an RERC to conduct research and development activities to improve the ability of people with disabilities to obtain, independently access and use wireless technologies in their schools, communities, workplaces, and for emergency services.
Priority: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Wireless Technologies
The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wireless Technologies.
Under this priority the RERC must conduct research and development activities that improve the ability of people with sensory, mobility, cognitive, physical, and other disabilities to independently obtain, access, and use wireless technologies in their schools, communities, workplaces, and for emergency services. The RERC must conduct these research and development activities toward the creation of innovative hardware, software, and infrastructure products that promote access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. People with disabilities must substantively contribute to all projects and project activities of this RERC.
The RERC must collaborate with and provide information to Federal agencies, wireless technology manufacturers, and other relevant stakeholders regarding barriers to and facilitators of the availability, access, and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities. In particular, the RERC must collaborate with partner entities to facilitate the transfer of products that they develop.
The RERC must provide technical assistance, and carry out knowledge translation and dissemination. In particular, the RERC must follow, understand, and communicate to relevant stakeholders the concerns and opportunities pertaining to the efficacy, safety, and impact of new and emerging wireless technologies, infrastructure, services, and policies.
Ultimately, this RERC must address significant needs, promote independence, and improve the quality of life and community participation of people with disabilities.
For further priorities and requirements, see page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.
GrantWatch ID#: 194803
Award Ceiling: $925,000
Award Floor: $920,000
Length of Budget Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods
The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2021
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Letters of intent and requests to join the informational conference call should be sent to: Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov
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