The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for the NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) program in the domain of employment. The purpose of the ARRT Program is to increase the capacity for high-quality rehabilitation research by supporting grants to institutions to provide advanced research training to individuals with doctorates or similar advanced degrees who have clinical or other relevant experience. NIDILRR makes these ARRT grants to institutions to recruit qualified persons, including individuals with disabilities, and other individuals underrepresented in the scientific workforce, and to prepare them to conduct independent research related to disability and rehabilitation with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended and improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act. An applicant should consult NIDILRR’s Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 (the Plan) when preparing the application.
Proposed ARRT projects must:
Recruit and select candidates for advanced research training and include in their application targeted plans for recruiting individuals with disabilities. Applicants may also include targeted plans for recruiting individuals from additional populations that are underrepresented in the scientific workforce, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders;
Provide a training program that includes didactic instruction, is multidisciplinary, and emphasizes scientific methodology;
Provide research experience with qualified researchers at the host institution or other appropriate institutions and practicum experience, or other practical activities, with organizations representing individuals with disabilities;
Provide academic and career mentorship;
Provide opportunities for participation in the development of professional presentations and scholarly publications and for attendance at professional conferences and meetings.
ARRT projects must provide training to individuals for at least one academic year unless a longer training period is necessary to ensure that each trainee is qualified to conduct independent research upon completion of the course of training. Applicants should provide a clear and detailed justification for the proposed length of the training period (i.e., 12, 18, or 24 months). ARRT projects must require trainees to devote at least 80 percent of their time to the activities of the training program during the training period.
Applicants should articulate the goals, objectives, and expected outcomes for the research training and other activities. Applicants should describe expected public benefits of these training activities, especially benefits for individuals with disabilities, and propose training projects that are optimally designed to demonstrate outcomes that are consistent with the proposed goals. Applicants should describe how they will foster the relationship between the trainees and the mentors.