University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service

To defray the cost of administration and operation of programs that: (1) Provide interdisciplinary training for personnel concerned with developmental disabilities; (2) demonstrate community service activities that include training and technical assistance and may include direct services, e.g., family
support, individual support, personal assistance services, educational, vocational, clinical, health and prevention; (3) conduct research (basic and applied), evaluation and analysis of public policy in areas affecting individuals with developmental disabilities; and (4) disseminate information as a national and international resource.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Grants are funded to assist in the operation of public or nonprofit facilities which are associated with a college or university and provide training programs and delivery of services for persons with developmental disabilities.

In addition, tied to the level of funds appropriated, training grants may be awarded to the University Centers.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, 67 grants were awarded. In FY 08 and FY 09, it is anticipated that 75 grants will be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Salaries for administrators, coordinators, and others needed to operate a training facility, maintenance and housekeeping personnel, overhead expenses, and expenses required to start up new programs, and faculty for training programs who will meet critical manpower shortages and are not eligible for support from other sources.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A public or nonprofit entity which is associated with, or is an integral part of a college or university and which provides at least: interdisciplinary training; demonstration of exemplary services, technical assistance, research and dissemination of findings.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment, their families, and personnel and trainees providing services to them.


Assurance of maintenance of effort; statement of financial resources, especially other federally-assisted programs; identification of personnel needs and resources as found in developmental disabilities State Plans for the applicant's service area; evaluation of present training programs and utilization of space in the facility; and capability of informing researchers and others in development of services related research.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication form is required.

Consultation and assistance in preparing application is available at the DHHS Central Office.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application forms are available from the DHHS Central Office. Completed application forms and narrative should be sent to the State Developmental Disabilities Council, Designated State Agency and Protection and Advocacy agency for review and comment. The standard application forms, as furnished by DHHS must be used for this program.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by outside peer reviews and grants are awarded at the DHHS ADD Central Office. Recommendations for funding are made by the Headquarters Office.


Contact DHHS Central Office for future deadline information.


Mental Retardation Facilities and Construction Act of 1963, Title I, Part B, Public Law 88-164, as amended, Public Laws 91-517, 94-103, 95-602; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended, Public Law 97-35; Developmental Disabilities Act of 1984; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, as amended, Title I, Section 100, Public Law 98-527; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 1987, Public Law 100-146, Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1990, Public Law 101-496; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1994, Public Law 103-230; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 1996, Public Law 104-183; Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, Public Law 106-402, 42 U.S.C. 15061 - 15066.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 45 to 90 days.


Appeals are processed in accordance with regulations in 45 CFR, Part 16.


Same as Application Procedure.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Federal share of project grant awarded may not exceed 75 percent of the necessary cost of project, except that if project activities or products target individuals with developmental disabilities who live in an urban or rural area, the Federal share may not exceed 90 percent of the project's necessary costs.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

University Centers awards are made for 5 years with a 12-month budget period.

Post Assistance Requirements


An annual progress report is required.

Fiscal reports are required as prescribed by grant specifications.

Final progress report is required upon project completion.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


Records must be maintained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $33,212,000; FY 08 $36,943,000; and FY 09 est $36,943,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

All University Centers are awarded the same amount. The FY 2006 amount was $497,500. The amount for FY 2008 is $522,500. The projected amount for FY 2009 is $522,500.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations are published in Chapter XIII of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1388.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: (202) 690-5982. Contact: Jennifer Johnson. FTS is not available.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

University Centers must address the provisions of the Act and regulations.

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