Deadlines
  • LOI: 02/12/2020
  • Proposal: 03/09/2020

Funding

  • Amount: $925,000 per year
  • Duration: 5 years

Scope

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, or 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 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, we do not give an application that addresses these topics a preference over other applications.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Due Date for Letter of Intent: 02/12/2020
Due to the nature of this RERC competition, NIDILRR is requesting that all potential applicants submit a letter of intent (LOI). These letters will assist NIDILRR in selecting reviewers for this competition. The submission is not mandatory, and the content of the LOI will not be peer reviewed or otherwise used to rate an applicant’s application.
Date for Informational Conference Call:
01/30/2020
Pre-Application Meeting: 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@acl.hhs.gov 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

Contact Information

Project Officer
Thomas Corfman
202-795-7328
thomas.corfman@acl.hhs.gov