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Applications for New Awards: Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program; Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects; Employment of Individuals With Disabilities

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education.
ACTION: Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2012.

Dates:

Applications Available:July 10, 2012.

Date of Pre-Application Meeting:July 31, 2012.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:August 24, 2012.

Full Text of AnnouncementI. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose of Program:The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize 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 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPS)

The purpose of DRRPs, which are under NIDRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, by developing methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of independent living and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. DRRPs carry out one or more of the following types of activities, as specified and defined in 34 CFR 350.13 through 350.19: Research, training, demonstration, development, dissemination, utilization, and technical assistance. Additional information on DRRPS can be found at:http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/res-program.html#DRRP.

Priorities:NIDRR has established two absolute priorities for this competition. TheGeneral DRRP Requirementspriority, which applies to all DRRP competitions, is from the notice of final priorities for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, published in theFederal Registeron April 28, 2006 (71 FR 25472). TheDRRP priority for the Employment of Individuals with Disabilitiesis from the notice of final priority for this program, published elsewhere in this issue of theFederal Register.

Absolute Priorities:For FY 2012 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet these priorities.

These priorities are:

(1)General Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Requirements.

(2)Employment of Individuals with Disabilities.

Dated: July 5, 2012. Alexa Posny, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.