SSA-ORES-12-1 ( Opportunity Number: DRC-DRC-12-001)

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Federal Agency :

Social Security Administration, Office of Research Evaluation and Statistics (ORES)


Disability Research Consortium (DRC)

Announcement Type:

New Announcement

Funding Opportunity Number:

SSA-ORES-12-1 ( Opportunity Number: DRC-DRC-12-001)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:

CFDA 96.007, Research and Demonstration


The opening date of this announcement is the date of publication. The closing date for receipt of grant applications under this announcement is April 30, 2012.

Funding Opportunity Description

As authorized under section 1110 of the Social Security Act, SSA announces the solicitation of competitive applications for a five year cooperative agreement for a Disability Research Consortium (DRC). SSA seeks applications in support of the DRC that will serve as a national resource fostering high quality research, communication, and education on matters related to disability policy. The DRC is an interdisciplinary extramural policy research program funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) through a cooperative agreement. In addition to research, the DRC will disseminate research results and train graduate students and junior faculty. The expectation is that the DRC will foster more collaborative research across federal agencies as well as more collaboration among researchers in the federal government, academia, and research centers. Another important expectation is that research results will help policymakers improve service delivery, enhance coordination of services across programs, build on complementarities across programs, eliminate duplication and waste, and advance cooperation across federal agencies that serve people with disabilities.

Letter of Intent:

Prospective applicants are asked to submit by March 31, 2012, a letter of intent that includes (1) this program announcement number and title; (2) a brief description of the proposed center; (3) the name, postal and e-mail addresses, and the telephone and fax numbers of the center's director; and (4) the identities of the key personnel and participating institutions. The letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review process of a subsequent application. The sole purpose of the letter of intent is to allow SSA staff to estimate the potential review workload and avoid conflicts of interest in the review. The letter of intent should be sent to: Richard E. Chard, DRC Letter of Intent, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration, 500 E St., SW., ITC Room 934, Washington, DC 20254-0001. E-mail:

Pre-application Activities:

As questions come in regarding the programmatic content of this RFA, we will be posting a running list of questions and answers on the web at Submit questions to All potential applicants should monitor the website frequently to ensure that they have the latest updates and answers.

We require that applicants submit an electronic application through for Funding Opportunity Number SSA-ORES-12-1. (Tip: When you visit the Search Grants web site, make sure you check on all "Opportunity Status" to get full information about this funding opportunity.)

The "Get Registered" webpage is available to help explain the registration and application submission process. New federal grant applicants may find the "Registration Brochure" at the following link to be helpful (

If you experience problems with the steps related to registering to do business with the Federal government or application submission, your first point of contact is the support staff at, 1-800-518-4726. If your difficulties are not resolved, you may also contact the SSA Grants Management Team for assistance: Audrey Adams, (410) 965-9469 or Dionne Mitchell, (410) 965-9534.

Should extenuating circumstances prevent you from submitting an application through, please contact Audrey Adams or Dionne Mitchell for further instruction.

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