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Switzer Research Fellowships Program

Fellowships to USA Individuals for Research to
Improve Outcomes for People with Disabilities

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL) - National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

Conf. Date:

11/11/20

LOI Date:

11/24/20

Deadline Date:

12/21/20 11:59 PM

Description:

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Fellowships to USA individuals for research to improve outcomes for people with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. Both early-career and experienced researchers are eligible to apply. Funding is intended to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, to conduct high-quality research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Section 204 authorizes research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are to develop knowledge methods, procedures, or rehabilitation technology that maximizes the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.

Individual applicants must propose to conduct an original research project that is ultimately aimed at improving outcomes of people with disabilities in one or more of the following outcome domains:

  1. Community Living and Participation
  2. Employment
  3. Health and Function

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193136

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$450,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $80,000
- Award Floor: $70,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2021. Project Period Expected Duration in Months: 12

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Only individuals are eligible to apply for Switzer Fellowship grants. Eligible individuals must: (1) Satisfy the requirements of 45 CFR part 75 and (2) have training and experience that indicate a potential for engaging in scientific research related to improving the outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

The program provides two categories of research fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships. (a) To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must be in the earlier stages of his or her career in research and have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation. (b) To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to research on rehabilitation, independent living and other experiences and outcomes of individuals with disabilities, and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications. Note: Institutions are not eligible to be recipients of Switzer research fellowships. Applicants must submit an eligibility statement describing how they meet the requirements for one of the two eligibility classifications allowed under this program.

Fellows must not, during the duration of the Fellowship award performance period, be direct recipients of Federal government grant funds in addition to those provided by the Fellowship grant.

No entities are eligible for this award, only individuals are eligible to apply. If you are a non-USA citizen, you must provide documentation that you are eligible to receive research funding directly from an agency of the United States government.

Institutional indirect costs may not be deducted from the award.

For funding restrictions, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00263854-instructions.pdf#page=11.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Date for Informational Conference Call: 2020-11-11

A pre-application teleconference meeting will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the date listed above for the informational conference call. 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.

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. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Megan Alvarado.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 11/11/2020
- Due Date for Letter Of Intent: 11/24/2020. The LOI submission is not mandatory, and the content of the LOI will not be peer reviewed or otherwise used to rate an applicant’s application. Submission of a LOI is not a prerequisite for eligibility to submit an application.
- Due Date for Applications: 12/21/2020. applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on that date. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5
days prior to the application closing date.
- Estimated Award Date: 2021-09-01

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

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=329269

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

NIDILRR will accept the LOI via email. Send the LOI to: Megan Alvarado at Megan.Alvarado@acl.hhs.gov. For further information regarding the LOI submission process, contact Megan Alvarado.

For further information, please contact:
U.S Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Kenneth Wood
Kenneth.Wood@acl.hhs.gov

Patricia Barrett, Grants Management Specialist
Patricia.Barrett@acl.hhs.gov

For assistance with http://www.grants.gov, please contact support@grants.gov or 1-800-518-4726

CFDA Number:

93.433

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACL-NIDILRR-SFGE-0010

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