Registration Due Date: 12/21/20
Provider Organization: Administration for Community Living
About the Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.
By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations, and with investments in research, education, and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.
About the Opportunity
The purpose of the Research Fellowships Program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to conduct research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Section 204 authorizes research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that have practical applications and maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, health and wellness, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most significant disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.
- Only individuals are eligible to apply for NIDILRR Switzer Research Fellowship grants. Institutions and organizations may not apply. Because the individual person rather than his or her institution is the applicant for this Fellowship, the person who seeks the Fellowship must sign the forms included in the application. Representatives of institutions do not sign the application forms. Because the award is made to the individual rather than his or her institution, institutional indirect costs may not be deducted from the award. Fellowship funds are taxable income.
- Applicants must: (1) Satisfy the requirements of 45 CFR part 75 and (2) have training and experience that indicate a potential for engaging in scientific research related to improving the outcomes of individuals with disabilities. The program provides two categories of Fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships.
- To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, individuals must be in the earlier stages of a career in research and have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation.
- To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, individuals must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to rehabilitation research and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications.
- Fellows must not, during the duration of the Fellowship award performance period, be direct recipients of Federal government grant funds in addition to those provided by the Fellowship grant. Fellows may, subject to compliance with their institution’s policy on additional employment, be the principal investigator of, or otherwise work on, a Federal grant that has been awarded to the Fellow’s institution.
- Fellows must work principally on the Fellowship during the term of the Research Fellowship grant.
- Potential applicants who are not U.S. residents or who receive certain Federal and state benefits are cautioned that acceptance of a Fellowship may adversely affect their immigration or nonimmigrant visa status or their eligibility for services such as In-Home Supportive Services under Supplemental Security Income Section 1619. This has occurred in the past because Fellowships are awarded directly to individuals rather than host institutions, and this can affect determinations of employment and income status.
- If you are a not a citizen of the United States of America (U.S.), you should provide documentation that you are eligible to receive research funding directly from an agency of the U.S. government. Successful applicants who are not eligible to receive research funding directly from the U.S. government will not receive the Fellowship. Also, a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) is required for completing and submitting the application materials. Research Fellowship applicants from other countries may be able to obtain a U.S. SSN through the following web site: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10096.pdf.
Letter of Intent is not required and is due November 24, 2020. Applications are due December 21, 2020.