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Grant to a USA IHE, Agency, Nonprofit, or For-Profit for Research on How Specific Injuries are Treated Worldwide

International Exploration of Rehabilitation Length of Stay Following Spinal Cord Injury


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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Community Living (ACL)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
CFDA Number: 93.433
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-NIDILRR-DPHF-0000
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/08/23
Deadline: 07/03/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grant to a USA IHE, agency, nonprofit or for-profit organization, state, or tribe for research on how specific injuries are treated internationally. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations in advance of the deadline. The grantee must conduct research on the international variation in rehabilitation intensity and length of stay following spinal cord injury (SCI), and the relationship between this variation and rehabilitation experiences and outcomes.

There is significant worldwide variation in the time that people spend in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals following SCI. Currently available data indicate that length of stay (LOS) has been decreasing significantly in the U.S. in the 2000s, while increasing in South Korea (Jang et al., 2011).

Up-to-date international data is needed, and new analyses are required to better understand the variation in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation LOS following SCI. New research-based knowledge is also needed about the individual-level, system level, and cultural factors that shape post-SCI rehabilitation LOS and experiences in different national contexts (Kao et al., 2022a). Such knowledge can help shape the delivery of SCI clinical care and inform the provision of post-rehabilitation community supports and services.

There is an ongoing need for more detailed information about how people with SCI experience their inpatient rehabilitation stays, and how their experiences and outcomes may differ depending on the time that they spend in the rehabilitation setting. Research suggests that longer inpatient rehabilitation LOS is associated with greater functional outcomes following SCI (Khosravi et al., 2022; Kao et al., 2022b). However, more information is needed about potential diminishing returns on long-term community living outcomes among people with SCI who remain in institutional rehabilitation settings for long periods of time. A critical factor that is likely to shape the rehabilitation LOS, experiences, and outcomes of people who have experienced a SCI, is whether or not their rehabilitation occurs in countries or jurisdictions in which there are established, specific clinical systems of SCI care (Divanoglou et al., 2010).

NIDILRR establishes this priority to generate international collaboration and research-based knowledge about variation in rehabilitation LOS and intensity, and how this variation is associated with the experience and long-term outcomes among people with SCI.

For further information on priorities, see p. 6 of the FOA in Attached Files.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

For funding restrictions, see p. 18 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
An informational conference call will be held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on 05/30/2023. Interested parties are invited to participate in the pre-application meeting to discuss the funding priority and to receive information and technical assistance. You must contact in order to participate in this meeting.

NIDILRR staff also will be available to provide information and technical assistance via individual phone consultations from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the date listed above. Requests for individual consultations during this one-hour window must be made in advance to Megan Alvarado.

Pre-Application Information
- Date for Informational Conference Call: 05/30/2023
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 06/08/2023
- Due Date for Applications: 07/03/2023 by 11:59 PM ET

Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding opportunity to assist ACL in planning for the application independent review process. The purpose of the letter of intent is to allow staff to estimate the number of independent reviewers needed and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the review.

Applications that fail to meet the application due date will not be reviewed and will receive no further consideration. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date.

Please note, ACL requires applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately.

All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM, and maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete, and should a grant be made, throughout the life of the award.

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $840,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $830,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 09/01/2023

Contact Information
Letters of intent should be sent to:

Project Officer:

Brian Bard
(202) 795-7298
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

Grants Management Specialist:

Carla Kirksey
(202) 795-7303
Office of Grants Management

For assistance with, please contact them at or 800-518-4726 between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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