Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) - Development

The purpose of the Field Initiated Projects (FIP) program is to generate new knowledge through research or to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies -to maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family/caregiver support, and economic


and self-sufficiency of people with disabilities, especially people with the greatest support needs.

Another purpose of this grant opportunity is to improve the capacity of minority serving institutions (MSI) to conduct high-quality disability and rehabilitation research and development.

In carrying out a development activity under a FIP development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols that are beneficial to the target population.

Please note that this will be the funding opportunity for FIP-MSI Development proposals.

We will invite FIP-MSI Research proposals under a separate announcement.

NIDILRR plans to make four FIP-MSI awards.

Grants will have a 36- month project period, with three 12-month budget periods.

NIDILRR's FIP-MSI grants will include a combination of research applications and development applications, depending on the combined ranking of individual research and development applications by the peer review panel.

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Parties eligible to apply for FIP - MSI grants are limited to minority entities and Indian Tribes as authorized by Section 21 (b)(2)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act.

A minority entity is defined as a Historically Black College or University (HCBU) (a part B institution, as defined in Section 322(2) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended), a Hispanic-serving institution of higher education, an American Indian tribal college or university, or another IHE whose minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent.

NIDILRR is especially interested in applications from individual minority entities that have historically been underrepresented in the Federal research arena.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

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