Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, tribal governments, and IHEs to develop technologies and systems that help promote self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially those with the highest support needs.
In carrying out a development activity under a FI Projects development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create a product or products (e.g., materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols) that are beneficial to the target population.
An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 (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 these major outcome domains their proposed project will focus on. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should specify the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.
Invitational Priority: In FY 2024, there are seven invitational priorities of interest to the agency. NIDILRR does not give applications that address these invitational priorities a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.
- Research or development projects that address the needs, experiences, or outcomes of people with disabilities from underserved communities. People with disabilities from underserved communities include those from communities or populations defined in Section 2 of the Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, including: people with disabilities who are racial and ethnic minorities; people with disabilities who are members of religious minorities; people with disabilities who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer; people with disabilities who live in rural areas; or people with disabilities otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
- Research or development projects to explore or address the relationship between climate change and the needs, experiences, and outcomes of people with disabilities.
- Research or development projects related to oral health among people with disabilities.
- Research or development projects that focus on making airline travel accessible for people with disabilities.
- Research or development projects that focus on improving the extent to which emergency and disaster preparedness plans and systems are accessible to, and responsive to the needs of, people with disabilities.
- Research or development projects that focus on improving the experience and outcomes of people with disabilities as they interact with one or more components of the criminal justice system (e.g., police, courts, jails and prisons).
- Research or development projects that focus on services, supports, or interventions for people with disabilities who experience Long COVID.
FI Projects development applicants must define the stage or stages of development that they propose to conduct. Any rigorous development activities can be appropriate, depending on the development aims being addressed by the applicant. NIDILRR does not have an absolute preference for any one development stage over others. If the FI Projects grant is 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 on p. 5 of the FOA in Attached Files.