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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) Program: RERC on Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions


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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-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-REGE-0096
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/27/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA state, public or private agency or organization, for-profit organization, IHE, Indian tribe, or tribal organization for research and development projects that address the needs of individuals with disabilities. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying.

The purpose of the RERC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research on and development of innovative technologies that are designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or to remove environmental barriers for people with disabilities. RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery system changes, stimulate the production and distribution of new technologies and equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities.

Field-Initiated RERC on Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions: In the area of rehabilitation strategies, techniques, and interventions, NIDILRR seeks to fund research and development that leads to rehabilitation practices and services that improve the health and the physical, cognitive, sensory, and communication abilities of people with a wide range of disabling conditions. Rehabilitation engineering in this area should result in new or improved products, devices, and technological advances that enhance rehabilitation services in clinical, community, or home settings.


The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) establishes a priority for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Rehabilitation Strategies, Techniques, and Interventions. Under this priority, the RERC must research, develop, and evaluate innovative technologies and strategies that will result in new or improved knowledge, products, devices, and technological advances that enhance rehabilitation services and contribute to improved outcomes for people with disabilities in clinical, community, or home settings. The RERC must be designed to improve outcomes of people with disabilities in one or more of the following outcome domains: community living and participation, employment, or health and function.

Research and development topics under this priority may include but are not limited to: Robotics and automation technologies; virtual reality; telerehabilitation; recreational technology; health related products and equipment; and cognitive, sensory, and communication aids. However, ACL does not give an application that addresses these topics a preference over other applications.

Applicants must demonstrate, in their original application, that people with disabilities from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds will be included in study samples in sufficient numbers to generate knowledge and products that are relevant to the racial and ethnic diversity of the population of people with disabilities being studied. The RERC must describe and justify, in its original application, the planned racial and ethnic distribution of people with disabilities who will participate in the proposed research and development activities.

Applicants under the priority in this notice are required to specify in their proposal the following:

  1. The NIDILRR outcome domain or domains to be addressed.
  2. The target population or populations of people with disabilities.
  3. The technological and informational products to be produced.
  4. The benefits of those products to people with disabilities.
  5. The means of testing and evaluating the products to be produced.
  6. The way input of people with disabilities will be sought and incorporated into research and development activities.

For Requirements applicable to RERC priorities, see page 5 of the FOA Document 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
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

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

For Funding Restrictions, see p. 19 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Date for Informational Conference Call: 02/15/2023

An informational conference call 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
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 our staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Due Date for Applications: 03/27/2023 by 11:59 PM ET
Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application 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

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, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $925,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $920,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2023

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Contact Information
Letters of intent should be sent to:

Project Officer:
Thomas Corfman
Phone: (202) 795-7328
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:
Carla Kirksey
Phone: 202-795-7303
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.

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