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Helpful Hints for NIDRR Grant Applicants

Hint #1: Check out NIDRR's Short Guide to Applying for a Grant

Applying for a grant can be a daunting and confusing process, especially if you have never done it before. To help all our applicants, NIDRR has created a short guide to applying for a NIDRR grant. You can access it by clicking here.

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Hint #2: NIDRR publishes all of its Notices Inviting Applications (NIAs) in the Federal Register

To view 2012 NIDRR funding opportunities, and other NIDRR announcements, in the Federal Register.

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Hint #3--Obtaining Current Application Information

To obtain all the most current information you need to apply for a NIDRR grant, go to Searching for NIDRR application information in is easy with NIDRR's Guide to Searching for and Finding NIDRR Funding Opportunities.

Download: download files MS WORD (40KB) | PDF (372KB)

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Hint #4:Become Familiar with NIDRR's "applicant.html" pages

An "applicant.html" page contains all the information any NIDRR applicant would every need. NIDRR has many funding mechanisms so to make it easy, we have created a main "NIDRR applicant" page that contains links to all of the other NIDRR "applicant" program pages and other helpful information. Check it out at

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Hint #5: Become Familiar with the Contents of a NIDRR Competition Table

Each program applicant page described in Hint #4 contains specific competition tables for that program. Important points to note about each competition table are listed below:

  • Application information is stored by Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) program number. For a list of CFDA programs, click here.
  • The header row in each table contains the CFDA number of the competition and the competition title.
  • The first row in each competition table Status should say "Open". If it says anything else, do not apply for the competition because we are no longer accepting applications.
  • The next row in the table, Timeline, gives you information on when the competition's opening and closing dates.
  • The next row in the table, Federal Register Notices, contains information on the original Notice Inviting Applications that was published in the Federal Register.
  • The next row in the table, Current Application, contains two ways to obtain copies of the most current application packages. First, there is a "" link that contains the most current application information. When you click on that link. you will be taken a "" page that contains the relevant information you seek. Every page has three tabs across the top:

    1. Synopsis
    2. Full Announcement
    3. Application

If you want the current application information package for a competition, just click on the Application tab. If you don't see a download link to the application after clicking on the application tab, it generally means that the competition is closed. Second, you can download the application packages in either Word or PDF format. If you open one of these files be sure and check the competition date on the first page. It is passed, don't apply for the competition. We keep old application packages on-line for information purposes only.

  • The next row in the table, Other Required Forms, points to a Department of Education Forms' Library which contain the forms you will need to use when applying for a grant. Follow the guidance in the application packages to know what forms you will need.
  • The next row in the table, Review Process, gives a brief description and contains links explaining what type of review your submitted application will undergo.
  • The final row in the table, Successful Applications from Previous Years, contains a link to the Department's Freedom of Information Act form, which you must complete to obtain a copy of an application.
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Hint 6: Obtaining Printed Copies of Application Materials

To obtain printed copies of application materials, contact:

Education Publications Center
U.S. Department of Education
P.O. Box 22207
Alexandria, VA 22304

Telephone: (toll free) 1-877-433-7827
Fax: 703-605-6794
TDD: (toll free) 1-877-576-7734

Web site:

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Hint 7: NIDRR Application Information Points of Contact

Lynn Medley and/or Marlene Spencer are your points of contact for information on NIDRR's application packages. You can email:


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Last Modified: 05/30/2012