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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs to Promote Self-Sufficiency for Individuals with Disabilities

Field Initiated Projects Program (Development)


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2024-ACL-NIDILRR-IFDV-0074
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/02/23
LOI Date: 11/14/23
Deadline: 12/11/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
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.

  1. 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.
  2. Research or development projects to explore or address the relationship between climate change and the needs, experiences, and outcomes of people with disabilities.
  3. Research or development projects related to oral health among people with disabilities.
  4. Research or development projects that focus on making airline travel accessible for people with disabilities.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

For funding restrictions, see p. 16 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on 11/02/2023.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the pre-application meeting to discuss the funding priority and to receive information and technical assistance. You must contact Megan Alvarado in order to participate in this meeting.

Pre-Application Information
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 11/02/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 11/14/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 12/11/2023 by 11:59 PM ET

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date. Do not wait until the last day in the event you encounter technical difficulties, either on your end or with, which can take up to 48 hours to notify you of a successful submission.

Please note, ACL requires applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through in Workspace. The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, Applicants should allot sufficient time prior to the application deadline to finalize a new, or renew an existing registration.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $200,000 per budget period
Award Floor: $195,000 per budget period

Term of Contract
Length of Project Periods: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2024

Contact Information
To submit a letter of intent or to register for the pre-application meeting, please email:
Megan Alvarado

For questions about the programmatic or substantive requirements of this funding opportunity, please contact the competition manager:
Radha Holavanahalli, Project Officer
(202) 975-7321

Katherine Feiring, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management
(202) 795-7442

For assistance with, please contact them at or 800-518-4726 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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