The purpose of the DRRPs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act, by generating new knowledge, or developing methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of health and function, community living, and employment outcomes among people with disabilities, especially people with disabilities who have the greatest support needs.
Under this particular DRRP priority, grantees must conduct research toward the development or development and testing of interventions, supports, or accommodations that allow people with disabilities to manage or address long-covid symptoms to maintain good health and employment. NIDILRR plans to make one grant under this opportunity in FY 2023. This grant will have a 60-month project period, with five 12-month budget periods.
- The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) establishes a priority for a Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Promoting Positive Employment Outcomes Among People with Disabilities who are Experiencing Long COVID. While Long COVID may itself be a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act and other relevant civil rights laws, this research priority focuses on the experience of people who have pre-existing disabilities and then also experience Long COVID. The DRRP must contribute to maximizing employment outcomes among people with disabilities who are experiencing Long COVID. To contribute to positive employment outcomes of people with disabilities who are experiencing Long COVID, the DRRP must—
- Conduct a systematic review of existing literature on the incidence and prevalence of Long COVID among people with disabilities, and the experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities who have Long COVID.
- Conduct research activities in each of the following areas, focusing on people with disabilities as a group or on individuals in specific disability or demographic subpopulations of individuals with disabilities:
- Individual and environmental factors associated with increased risk of Long COVID for people with disabilities.
- Individual and environmental factors associated with access to treatment, supports, and services for Long COVID among people with disabilities.
- Experiences accessing treatment, supports, and services among people with disabilities who have Long COVID.
- Patterns of treatment, supports, and service use among people with disabilities who have Long COVID.
- Development of, or development and testing of interventions, services, or supports that contribute to improved employment outcomes among people with disabilities who experience Long COVID. Interventions may include any strategy, practice, program, policy, or tool that, when implemented as intended, contributes to improvements in outcomes for people with disabilities.
- Produce research-based products on Long COVID among people with disabilities that can be disseminated to people with disabilities and other stakeholders through ACL’s national aging and disability networks and relevant Government agencies (which may include but are not limited to the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Office of Long COVID, and the Office of Disability Employment Policy). The DRRP must begin generating these products by six months following the project start date. Products may include, but are not limited to, literature reviews, systematic reviews, issue briefs, policy briefs, or lay language summaries of research studies.
- Focus its research activities on a specific stage of research and clearly specify the stage in its application. If the DRRP is to conduct research that can be categorized under more than one stage, including research activities that progress from one stage to another, those stages must be clearly specified and justified. These stages — exploration and discovery, intervention development, intervention efficacy, and scale-up evaluation — are defined in this funding opportunity announcement.
- Demonstrate, in its original application, that people with disabilities from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds will be included in study samples in sufficient numbers to generate knowledge and products that are relevant to the racial and ethnic diversity of adults with disabilities who have experienced Long COVID. Applicants must describe and justify their planned racial and ethnic distribution of people with disabilities who will participate in the proposed research activities.
- Conduct knowledge translation activities (i.e., utilization, dissemination) to facilitate stakeholder (e.g., people with disabilities, health care providers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, policymakers, practitioners) use of the interventions, programs, or products that result from the research activities conducted by the DRRP.
- Involve people with disabilities, Long COVID stakeholder groups and other key stakeholder groups in the research and knowledge translation activities conducted by the DRRP to maximize the relevance and usability of the research products to be developed under this priority. Other key stakeholder groups may include but are not limited to health care providers, vocational rehabilitation professionals, policymakers, practitioners, and other disability service providers.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $500,000
- Award Ceiling: $500,000
- Award Floor: $495,000
- Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.
- State governments
- Special district governments
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- For profit organizations other than small businesses
- Small businesses
- City or township governments
- Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Private institutions of higher education.
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