[Federal Register: July 31, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 147)]
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Part IV

Department of Education


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National 
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards Under Certain Programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 
2002; Notice

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[CFDA Nos.: 84.133G and 84.133P]

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National 
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; Notice Inviting 
Applications for New Awards Under Certain Programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 

    Summary: We invite applications for new FY 2002 grant awards under 
the Field-Initiated Projects (84.133G) and Advanced Rehabilitation 
Research Training Projects (84.133P). We take this action to focus 
research attention on an area of national need.

National Education Goals

    The eight National Education Goals focus the Nation's education 
reform efforts and provide a framework for improving teaching and 
    This notice addresses the National Education Goal that every adult 
American will be literate and will possess the knowledge and skills 
necessary to compete in a global economy and exercise the rights and 
responsibilities of citizenship.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 
82, 85, 86 and 97; and 34 CFR part 350.

                                         Application Notice for FY 2002
                                            Deadline for transmittal of     Estimated      award       Project
            Funding priority                        applications            number of      amount       period
                                                                              awards     (per year)    (months)
84.133G Field-Initiated Projects........  October 10, 2001...............           30     $150,000           36
84.133P Advanced Rehabilitation Research  October 10, 2001...............            5     $150,000          60
 Training Projects.
Note: The Secretary will reject without consideration or evaluation any application that proposes a project
  funding level that exceeds the stated maximum award amount in any year (See 34 CFR 75.104(b)).
Note: The estimated funding levels in this notice do not bind the Department of Education to make awards in any
  of these categories, or to any specific number of awards or funding levels, unless otherwise specified in

Selection Criteria

Field-Initiated Projects

    The selection criteria to be used to carry out research or 
development FI projects will be provided in its application package.

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Projects

    The selection criteria to be used for the ARRT Projects will be 
provided in its application package.

Field-Initiated Projects

    Purpose: Field-Initiated (FI) projects must further one or both of 
the following purposes: (a) 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; 
or (b) improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act. 
FI projects carry out either research activities or development 
    In carrying out a research activity, a grantee must identify one or 
more hypotheses and, based on the hypotheses identified, perform an 
intensive, systematic study directed toward new or full scientific 
knowledge or understanding of the subject or problem studied.
    In carrying out a development activity, a grantee must use 
knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, 
devices, systems, or methods beneficial to the target population, 
including design and development of prototypes and processes. Target 
population means the group of individuals, organizations, or other 
entities expected to be affected by the project. More than one group 
may be involved since a project may affect those who receive services, 
provide services, or administer services.
    There are two different sets of selection criteria for FI projects: 
One set to evaluate applications proposing to carry out research 
activities, and a second set to evaluate applications proposing to 
carry out development activities. The set of FI selection criteria that 
will be used to evaluate an application will be based on the 
applicant's designation of the type of activity that the application 
proposes to carry out.
    The applicant should: (a) Clearly identify on the cover page of the 
application whether the proposal is for a research or a development 
project; (b) identify if the application is a resubmittal from the FY 
2000 or FY 2001 competition and include the assigned FY 2000 or FY 2001 
application number (i.e., H133G00, H133G01) in the abstract, the 
introduction, and in a cover letter; and (c) if applicable, identify 
their qualifying minority entity status in the abstract and transmittal 

Invitational Priorities

    The Secretary is particularly interested in applications that 
address one of the following invitational priorities. However, under 34 
CFR 75.105(c)(1) an application that meets an invitational priority 
does not receive competitive or absolute preference over other 
applications. The invitational priorities are: (a) Projects that 
improve the functioning of individuals with hearing related conditions 
such as unilateral hearing loss, hyperacusis, tinnitus, or difficulties 
in using hearing aids or cochlear implants; (b) projects that study use 
of the new ``International Classification of Functioning, Disability 
and Health'' (ICIDH-2) systems in promoting the independence and 
quality of life of persons with disabilities; (c) projects that 
collaborate with international assistive technology and rehabilitation 
engineering projects including, but not limited to, those that could be 
carried out under Science and Technology Agreements between the U.S. 
and other countries; (d) projects that enhance functioning of people 
with newly recognized disabilities or conditions such as multiple 
chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome 
(CFIDS), and fibromyalgia; and (e) projects that use information 
technology to address the rehabilitation and employment needs of 
individuals who are both deaf and blind.
    Eligible Applicants: Parties eligible to apply for grants under 
this program are

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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 

    Program Authority:  29 U.S.C. 764.

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Projects

    Purpose: Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) projects 
must provide research training and experience at an advanced level to 
individuals with doctorates or similar advanced degrees who have 
clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train 
rehabilitation researchers, including individuals with disabilities, 
with particular attention to research areas that support the 
implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and that 
improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.
    ARRT projects must carry out all of the following activities: 
Recruit and select candidates for advanced research training; provide a 
training program that includes didactic and classroom instruction, is 
multidisciplinary, and emphasizes scientific methodology, and may 
involve collaboration among institutions; provide research experience, 
laboratory experience or its equivalent in a community-based research 
setting, and a practicum that involves each individual in clinical 
research and in practical activities with organizations representing 
individuals with disabilities; provide academic mentorship or guidance, 
and opportunities for scientific collaboration with qualified 
researchers at the host university and other appropriate institutions; 
and provide opportunities for participation in the development of 
professional presentations and publications, and for attendance at 
professional conferences and meetings as appropriate for the 
individual's field of study and level of experience.
    Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education are eligible 
to receive awards under this program.

    Program Authority:  29 U.S.C. 762(k).

    For Applications Contact: The Grants and Contracts Service Team 
(GCST), Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Switzer 
Building, 3317, Washington, DC 20202, or call (202) 205-8207. 
Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may 
call the TDD number at (202) 205-9860. The preferred method for 
requesting information is to FAX your request to (202) 205-8717.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternative format by contacting GCST. Telephone: (202) 
205-8351. If you use a TDD, you may call the Federal Information Relay 
Services (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339. However, the Department is not able 
to reproduce in an alternative format the standard forms included in 
the application package.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3414, Switzer Building, 
Washington, DC 20202-2645. Telephone: (202) 205-5880. Individuals who 
use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the TDD 
number at (202) 205-4475. Internet: Donna.Nangle@ed.gov.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, or computer diskette) 
on request to the contact person listed in the preceding paragraph.

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    Dated: July 19, 2001.
Francis V. Corrigan,
Deputy Director, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation 
[FR Doc. 01-18968 Filed 7-30-01; 8:45 am]