U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
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#: 194720
Award Ceiling: $925,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $920,000 Per Budget Period
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
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
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