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Grant to a USA IHE for Research Training Programs to Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program - Health and Function


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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-ARHF-0066
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/26/23
LOI Date: 11/09/23
Deadline: 12/04/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA institution of higher education for research training programs to improve health and function outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that offer PhDs and other qualified individuals high-level experience and training to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability and rehabilitation research.

The purpose of the ARRT Program is to increase the capacity for high-quality rehabilitation research by supporting grants to institutions to provide advanced research training to individuals with research doctorates or similar advanced degrees (e.g., clinical doctorates, MD, JD) who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including individuals with disabilities and other individuals underrepresented in the scientific workforce, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act. ARRT projects must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability and rehabilitation research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This particular funding opportunity announcement invites applications for ARRT grants in NIDILRR's health and function domain.

Proposed ARRT projects must:

  • Recruit and select candidates for advanced research training and include in their application targeted plans for recruiting individuals with disabilities. Applicants may also include targeted plans for recruiting individuals from additional populations that are underrepresented in the scientific workforce, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders;
  • Provide a training program that includes didactic instruction, is multidisciplinary, and emphasizes scientific methodology;
  • Provide research experience with qualified researchers at the host institution or other appropriate institutions and practicum experience, or other practical activities, with organizations representing individuals with disabilities;
  • Provide academic and career mentorship. Applicants should describe how they will foster the relationship between the trainees and the mentors;
  • Provide opportunities for participation in the development of professional presentations and scholarly publications and for attendance at professional conferences and meetings;
  • Provide training to individuals for at least one academic year unless a longer training period is necessary to ensure that each trainee is qualified to conduct independent research upon completion of the course of training. Applicants should provide a clear and detailed justification for the proposed length of the training period (i.e., 12, 18, or 24 months);
  • Require trainees to devote at least 80 percent of their time to the activities of the training program during the training period.


  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Institutions of Higher Education only.

For funding restrictions, see p. 15 of the RFP document 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 10/26/2023.

NIDILRR staff also will be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the date listed above.

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: 10/26/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 11/09/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 12/04/2023 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 Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 06/01/2024

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 program staff:
Anne Ordway, Project Officer

Carla Kirksey, Grants Management Specialist
Office of Grants Management

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
Full Grant Text RFP

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