[Federal Register: May 29, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 103)]
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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

[CFDA Nos.: 84.133A-1, 84.133A-4, 84.133A-5, 84.133A-7]

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research--
Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program

    Notice inviting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2003.
    Purpose of the Program: The purpose of the DRRP program is to 
improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the 
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the Act), as amended. For FY 2003 the 
competitions for new awards focus on projects designed to meet the 
priorities we describe in the Priority section of this application 
notice. We intend these

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priorities to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for 
individuals with disabilities.
    In order to provide applicants with a 60-day application period and 
to ensure that these grants are awarded before the end of FY 2003, the 
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is 
inviting applications based on the proposed priorities. NIDRR will 
publish the final priorities as soon as possible after the comment 
period closes on June 9, 2003.
    Depending upon the comments that NIDRR receives, the final 
priorities may include revisions to the proposed priorities. It is 
generally the policy of the Department of Education not to solicit 
applications before the publication of a final priority. However, in 
this case, it is essential to solicit applications on the basis of 
these proposed priorities in order to allow applicants sufficient time 
to prepare applications of appropriate quality to be funded. Applicants 
are advised to begin to develop their applications based on the 
proposed priorities. If changes are made in the final priorities, 
applicants will be given an opportunity to revise or resubmit their 
    Eligible Applicants: Parties eligible to apply for grants under 
this program are States; public or private agencies, including for-
profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit 
organizations; institutions of higher education; and Indian tribes and 
tribal organizations.
    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 
82, 85, 86, and 97, and (b) The program regulations 34 CFR part 350.
    Letter of Intent: The due date for the Letter of Intent has been 
extended to June 18, 2003.

                                                Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (84.133A)
                                                               [Applications for FY 2003]
                                                                                             Estimated     Maximum award     Estimated
      CFDA No./Program name          Application available     Deadline for transmittal      available      amount (per      number of    Project period
                                                                    of applications            funds         year) \1\      awards \2\       (months)
84.133A-1 Research Projects.....  May 29, 2003..............  July 28, 2003.............        $600,000        $300,000               2              60
84.133A-4 Research                May 29, 2003..............  July 28, 2003.............         600,000         600,000               1              60
 Infrastructure Capacity
84.133A-5 Technical Assistance    May 29, 2003..............  July 28, 2003.............         500,000         500,000               1              60
 Resource Center on Parenting
 with a Disability.
84.133A-7 Development Projects..  May 29, 2003..............  July 28, 2003.............         300,000         300,000               1             60
\1\ Note: We will reject without consideration any application that proposes a budget exceeding the stated maximum award amount in any year (See 34 CFR
\2\ The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.


    This competition focuses on projects designed to meet the 
priorities in the notice of proposed priorities for the programs 
published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2003. (Note: See individual 
priority for Federal Register cite.) Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we 
consider only applications that meet one or more of the following 
priorities. A separate application is required for each priority area.
    Absolute Priority 1--Research Projects (84.133A-1) (68 FR 25014).
    Absolute Priority 2--Research Infrastructure Capacity Building 
(84.133A-4) (68 FR 25009).
    Absolute Priority 3--Technical Assistance Resource Center on 
Parenting with a Disability (84.133A-5) (68 FR 25017).
    Absolute Priority 4--Development Projects (84.133A-7) (68 FR 

Selection Criteria

    The selection criteria to evaluate applications under these 
priorities are found in the application package.
    For Applications Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 
PO Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Telephone (toll free): 1-877-433-
7827. FAX: (301) 470-1244. If you use a telecommunications device for 
the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1-877-576-7734.
    You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.edpubs.org/webstore/Content/search.asp.
 Or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: 
edpubs@inet.ed.gov.    If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify 
these competitions as follows: CFDA number 84.133A-1, 84.133A-4, 
84.133A-5, and 84.133A-7.

Application Procedures

    Note: Some of the procedures in these instructions for 
transmitting applications differ from those in the 34 CFR 75.102. 
Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) the Department 
generally offers interested parties the opportunity to comment on 
proposed regulations. However, these amendments make procedural 
changes only and do not establish new substantive policy. Therefore, 
under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A), the Secretary has determined that proposed 
rulemaking is not required.

Pilot Project for Electronic Submission of Applications

    In FY 2003, the U.S. Department of Education is continuing to 
expand its pilot project for electronic submission of applications to 
include additional formula grant programs and additional discretionary 
grant competitions. The Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects 
(DRRP) program--CFDA 84.133A is one of the programs included 
in the pilot project. If you are an applicant under the DRRP, you may 
submit your application to us in either electronic or paper format.
    The pilot project involves the use of the Electronic Grant 
Application System (e-Application) portion of the Grant Administration 
and Payment System (GAPS). Users of e-Application will be entering data 
on-line while completing their applications. You may not e-mail a soft 
copy of a grant application to us. If you participate in this voluntary 
pilot project by submitting an application electronically, the data you 
enter on-line will be saved into a database. We request your 
participation in e-Application. We shall continue to evaluate its 
success and solicit suggestions for improvement.
    If you participate in e-Application, please note the following:
    [sbull] Your participation is voluntary.
    [sbull] You will not receive any additional point value because you 
submit a grant

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application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you 
submit an application in paper format. When you enter the e-Application 
system, you will find information about its hours of operation.
    [sbull] You may submit all documents electronically, including the 
Application for Federal Assistance (ED 424), Budget Information--Non-
Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and 
    [sbull] After you electronically submit your application, you will 
receive an automatic acknowledgement, which will include a PR/Award 
number (an identifying number unique to your application).
    [sbull] Within three working days after submitting your electronic 
application, fax a signed copy of the Application for Federal 
Assistance (ED 424) to the Application Control Center after following 
these steps:
    (1) Print ED 424 from the e-Application system.
    (2) The institution's Authorizing Representative must sign this 
    (3) Place the PR/Award number in the upper right hand corner of the 
hard copy signature page of the ED 424.
    (4) Fax the signed ED 424 to the Application Control Center at 
(202) 260-1349.
    [sbull] We may request that you give us original signatures on all 
other forms at a later date.
    [sbull] Closing Date Extension in Case of System Unavailability: If 
you elect to participate in the e-Application pilot for the DRRP and 
you are prevented from submitting your application on the closing date 
because the e-Application system is unavailable, we will grant you an 
extension of one business day in order to transmit your application 
electronically, by mail, or by hand delivery. For us to grant this 
    (1) You must be a registered user of e-Application, and have 
initiated an e-Application for this competition; and
    (2)(a) The e-Application system must be unavailable for 60 minutes 
or more between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Washington, DC 
time, on the deadline date; or
    (b) The e-Application system must be unavailable for any period of 
time during the last hour of operation (that is, for any period of time 
between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time) on the deadline date. 
The Department must acknowledge and confirm these periods of 
unavailability before granting you an extension. To request this 
extension you must contact either (1) the person listed elsewhere in 
this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or (2) the e-GRANTS 
help desk at 1-888-336-8930.
    You may access the electronic grant application for the DRRP at: 
    We have included additional information about the e-Application 
pilot project (see Parity Guidelines between Paper and Electronic 
Applications) in the application package.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3412, Switzer Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-2645. Telephone: (202) 205-5880 or via Internet: 
Donna.Nangle@ed.gov.    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the TDD number at (202) 205-4475.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 

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    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(a).

    Dated: May 23, 2003.
Robert H. Pasternack,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 03-13458 Filed 5-28-03; 8:45 am]