National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research-Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program-Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, 40008-40010 [05-13678]

Download as PDF 40008 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 132 / Tuesday, July 12, 2005 / Notices National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research—Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program—Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. ACTION: Notice of final priority (NFP) for children with special health care needs. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a funding priority for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research’s (NIDRR) Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) program. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2005 and later years. We take this action to focus research attention on areas of national need. We intend this priority to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This priority is effective August 11, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 6030, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245–7462 or by e-mail: donna.nangle@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers RRTCs conduct coordinated and integrated advanced programs of research targeted toward the production of new knowledge to improve rehabilitation methodology and service delivery systems, alleviate or stabilize disability conditions, or promote maximum social and economic independence for persons with disabilities. Additional information on the RRTC program can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/ pubs/res-program.html#RRTC. VerDate jul<14>2003 16:15 Jul 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 concept of ‘‘children with special health care needs.’’ The commenter asked whether the priority targets only RRTCs must— ‘‘children with disabilities’’ or the • Carry out coordinated advanced broader population of ‘‘children with programs of rehabilitation research; special health care needs,’’ and noted • Provide training, including that the latter includes children who do graduate, pre-service, and in-service not have a current disability but who are training, to help rehabilitation at risk of developing one. The personnel more effectively provide commenter stated that focusing on the rehabilitation services to individuals broader population makes greater sense with disabilities; as it allows building in a prevention • Provide technical assistance to perspective to the work of the RRTC. individuals with disabilities, their Discussion: The target population is representatives, providers, and other specific to children who have both a interested parties; disability and special health care needs. • Demonstrate in its application how We acknowledge that there is frequent it will address, in whole or in part, the overlap between children with needs of individuals with disabilities disabilities and children with special from minority backgrounds; • Disseminate informational materials health care needs. However, we also acknowledge that not every child with to individuals with disabilities, their a special health care need necessarily representatives, providers, and other has a disability, and that not every child interested parties; and with a disability necessarily has • Serve as centers for national excellence in rehabilitation research for significant health care needs beyond those required by children generally. individuals with disabilities, their This priority specifies ‘‘children with representatives, providers, and other disabilities’’ with special health care interested parties. needs in order to highlight the disability The Department is particularly focus within the broader group of interested in ensuring that the children with special health care needs. expenditure of public funds is justified This focus on disability includes the by the execution of intended activities and the advancement of knowledge and, interaction of personal and environmental factors impacting the thus, has built this accountability into experience of function and disability. the selection criteria. Not later than This priority does not target children three years after the establishment of who do not currently have a disability any RRTC, NIDRR will conduct one or but who are at risk for developing one. more reviews of the activities and However, it could target children who achievements of the RRTC. In have both a disability and special health accordance with the provisions of 34 care needs who are at risk for CFR 75.253(a), continued funding developing additional disabilities. In depends at all times on satisfactory their applications, applicants will be performance and accomplishment of expected to specify their target approved grant objectives. population and explain the basis for Analysis of Comments and Changes their decision. The peer review process will evaluate the merits of the We published a notice of proposed proposals. priority (NPP) for this program in the Change: None. Federal Register on April 18, 2005 (70 FR 20219). Page 20221 of the NPP Note: This notice does not solicit included a background statement that applications. In any year in which we choose described our rationale for proposing to use this final priority, we invite applications through a notice in the Federal this priority. Register. When inviting applications we In response to our invitation in the NPP, one party submitted a comment on designate the priority as absolute, the proposed priority. An analysis of the competitive preference, or invitational. The effect of the priority follows: comment and our response follows. Generally, we do not address Absolute priority: Under an absolute technical and other minor changes and priority, we consider only applications suggested changes we are not authorized that meet the priority (34 CFR to make under the applicable statutory 75.105(c)(3)). authority. Competitive preference priority: Comment: One commenter stated that Under a competitive preference priority, all children with disabilities have we give competitive preference to an special health care needs, and that application by either (1) awarding children with disabilities are included additional points, depending on how in the Maternal and Child Health well or the extent to which the Bureau’s operationalization of the application meets the competitive General Requirements of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 132 / Tuesday, July 12, 2005 / Notices preference priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an application that meets the competitive preference priority over an application of comparable merit that does not meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(ii)). Invitational priority: Under an invitational priority, we are particularly interested in applications that meet the invitational priority. However, we do not give an application that meets the priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications (34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)). Note: NIDRR supports the goals of President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative (NFI). The NFI can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: http:// www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom. The final priority is in concert with NIDRR’s 1999–2003 Long-Range Plan (Plan). The Plan is comprehensive and integrates many issues relating to disability and rehabilitation research topics. Applicants will find many sections throughout the Plan that support potential research to be conducted under the final priority. The references to the topic of this priority may be found in the Plan, Chapter 4, Health and Function and Chapter 6, Independent Living and Community Integration. The Plan can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/ pubs/index.html. Through the implementation of the NFI and the Plan, NIDRR seeks to: (1) Improve the quality and utility of disability and rehabilitation research; (2) foster an exchange of expertise, information, and training to facilitate the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the unique needs of traditionally underserved populations; (3) determine best strategies and programs to improve rehabilitation outcomes for underserved populations; (4) identify research gaps; (5) identify mechanisms of integrating research and practice; and (6) disseminate findings. Priority The Assistant Secretary intends to fund a priority for one RRTC that must focus on children with disabilities and special health care needs. Applicants must demonstrate how their research and development activities will meet the needs of individuals from traditionally underserved populations including, but not limited to, children from low-income backgrounds. The RRTC must conduct at least two, but not more than four, of the following research activities: • Identify, develop, and evaluate models and strategies for implementing VerDate jul<14>2003 16:15 Jul 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 40009 effective community-based practices for children with disabilities who have special health care needs; • Identify, develop, and evaluate models and strategies for effective transition of children and adolescents with disabilities who have special health care needs to adulthood, including access to adult health care services, personal assistance services, and full participation in community life; • Identify and evaluate strategies for maximizing family partnership and decision-making related to access to and use of home- and community-based services for children with disabilities who have special health care needs; • Identify and evaluate innovative and effective strategies for facilitating access to service delivery for children with disabilities who have special health care needs, including health care reimbursement, assistive technology, and other specialized rehabilitative services (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, telehealth); and • Identify and evaluate innovative and effective models for establishing coordination within the service delivery system for children with disabilities who have special health care needs. In addition to the activities proposed by the applicant to carry out this priority, each RRTC must— • Conduct a state-of-the-science conference on its respective area of research in the third year of the grant cycle and publish a comprehensive report on the final outcomes of the conference in the fourth year of the grant cycle. This conference must include materials from experts internal and external to the RRTC; • Involve individuals with disabilities in planning and implementing its research, training, and dissemination activities, and in evaluating the RRTC; • Coordinate on research projects of mutual interest with relevant NIDRRfunded projects as identified through consultation with the NIDRR project officer; and • Identify anticipated outcomes (i.e., advances in knowledge and/or changes and improvements in policy, practices, behavior, and system capacity) that are linked to the applicant’s stated grant objectives. have determined as necessary for administering this program effectively and efficiently. In assessing the potential costs and benefits—both quantitative and qualitative—of this NFP, we have determined that the benefits of the final priority justify the costs. Summary of potential costs and benefits: The potential costs associated with this final priority are minimal while the benefits are significant. Grantees may incur some costs associated with completing the application process in terms of staff time, copying, and mailing or delivery. The use of Grants.gov technology reduces mailing and copying costs significantly. The benefits of the RRTC program have been well established over the years in that similar projects have been completed successfully. This final priority will generate new knowledge and technologies through research, development, dissemination, utilization, and technical assistance projects. Another benefit of this final priority is that the establishment of a new RRTC will support the President’s NFI and will improve the lives of persons with disabilities, in particular promoting research and development activities for children with disabilities and special health care needs. The new RRTC will generate, disseminate, and promote the use of new information that will improve options for children with disabilities and special health care needs, their families, and caregivers. Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR part 350. Executive Order 12866 This NFP has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866. Under the terms of the order, we have assessed the potential costs and benefits of this regulatory action. The potential costs associated with the NFP are those resulting from statutory requirements and those we Note: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ index.html. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Electronic Access to This Document You may view this document, as well as all other Department of Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: http://www.ed.gov/ news/fedregister. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512–1530. (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.133B Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Program) E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1 40010 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 132 / Tuesday, July 12, 2005 / Notices Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(b)(2). Dated: July 6, 2005. John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. [FR Doc. 05–13678 Filed 7–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Overview Information; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)—Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC); Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.133B–1. Dates: Applications Available: July 12, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 12, 2005. Eligible Applicants: States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education (IHEs); and Indian tribes and tribal organizations. Estimated Available Funds: $800,000. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $800,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Note: The maximum amount includes direct and indirect costs. The maximum allowable indirect cost rate is 15 percent. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description Purpose of Program: The purpose of the RRTC program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For FY 2005, the competition for new awards focuses on projects designed to meet the priority we describe in the Priority section of this notice. We intend this priority to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Priority: This priority is from the notice of final priority for this program, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Absolute Priority: For FY 2005 this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 16:15 Jul 11, 2005 Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(b)(2). Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, and 97; (b) the regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 350; and (c) the notice of final priority for this program, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Note: The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to IHEs only. II. Award Information Type of Award: Discretionary grant. Estimated Available Funds: $800,000. Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $800,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. Note: The maximum amount includes direct and indirect costs. The maximum allowable indirect cost rate is 15 percent. Number of Awards: 1. Note: The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice. Project Period: Up to 60 months. III. Eligibility Information Number of Awards: 1. VerDate jul<14>2003 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority. This priority is: Children With Disabilities And Special Health Care Needs. The general and specific requirements for meeting this priority are in the notice of final priority for this program, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register. Jkt 205001 1. 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. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not involve cost sharing or matching. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: You may obtain an application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet use the following address: http:// www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/ grantapps/index.html. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write or call the following: Education Publications Center, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794–1398. Telephone (toll free): 1–877–433–7827. FAX: (301) 470– PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1244. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may call (toll free): 1–877–576–7734. You may also contact ED Pubs at its Web site: http://www.ed.gov/pubs/ edpubs.html or you may contact ED Pubs at its e-mail address: edpubs@inet.ed.gov. If you request an application from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA Number 84.133B–1. Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application package in an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) by contacting the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition. Page Limit: The application narrative (Part III of the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We strongly recommend that you limit Part III to the equivalent of no more than 125 pages, using the following standards: • A ‘‘page’’ is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides. • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative. Single space may be used for titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions, as well as all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs. • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch). The page limit does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support. However, you must include all of the application narrative in Part III. The application package will provide instructions for completing all components to be included in the application. 3. Submission Dates and Times: Applications Available: July 12, 2005. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 12, 2005. Applications for grants under this competition may be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov), or in paper format by mail or hand delivery. For E:\FR\FM\12JYN1.SGM 12JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research--
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program--
Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers

AGENCY: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 
Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice of final priority (NFP) for children with special health 
care needs.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and 
Rehabilitative Services announces a funding priority for the National 
Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research's (NIDRR) 
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, 
Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) program. The 
Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal 
year (FY) 2005 and later years. We take this action to focus research 
attention on areas of national need. We intend this priority to improve 
rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

DATES: This priority is effective August 11, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., room 6030, Potomac Center Plaza, 
Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 245-7462 or by e-mail: 
donna.nangle@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers

    RRTCs conduct coordinated and integrated advanced programs of 
research targeted toward the production of new knowledge to improve 
rehabilitation methodology and service delivery systems, alleviate or 
stabilize disability conditions, or promote maximum social and economic 
independence for persons with disabilities. Additional information on 
the RRTC program can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/
pubs/res-program.html#RRTC.

General Requirements of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers

    RRTCs must--
     Carry out coordinated advanced programs of rehabilitation 
research;
     Provide training, including graduate, pre-service, and in-
service training, to help rehabilitation personnel more effectively 
provide rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities;
     Provide technical assistance to individuals with 
disabilities, their representatives, providers, and other interested 
parties;
     Demonstrate in its application how it will address, in 
whole or in part, the needs of individuals with disabilities from 
minority backgrounds;
     Disseminate informational materials to individuals with 
disabilities, their representatives, providers, and other interested 
parties; and
     Serve as centers for national excellence in rehabilitation 
research for individuals with disabilities, their representatives, 
providers, and other interested parties.
    The Department is particularly interested in ensuring that the 
expenditure of public funds is justified by the execution of intended 
activities and the advancement of knowledge and, thus, has built this 
accountability into the selection criteria. Not later than three years 
after the establishment of any RRTC, NIDRR will conduct one or more 
reviews of the activities and achievements of the RRTC. In accordance 
with the provisions of 34 CFR 75.253(a), continued funding depends at 
all times on satisfactory performance and accomplishment of approved 
grant objectives.

Analysis of Comments and Changes

    We published a notice of proposed priority (NPP) for this program 
in the Federal Register on April 18, 2005 (70 FR 20219). Page 20221 of 
the NPP included a background statement that described our rationale 
for proposing this priority.
    In response to our invitation in the NPP, one party submitted a 
comment on the proposed priority. An analysis of the comment and our 
response follows.
    Generally, we do not address technical and other minor changes and 
suggested changes we are not authorized to make under the applicable 
statutory authority.
    Comment: One commenter stated that all children with disabilities 
have special health care needs, and that children with disabilities are 
included in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's operationalization 
of the concept of ``children with special health care needs.'' The 
commenter asked whether the priority targets only ``children with 
disabilities'' or the broader population of ``children with special 
health care needs,'' and noted that the latter includes children who do 
not have a current disability but who are at risk of developing one. 
The commenter stated that focusing on the broader population makes 
greater sense as it allows building in a prevention perspective to the 
work of the RRTC.
    Discussion: The target population is specific to children who have 
both a disability and special health care needs. We acknowledge that 
there is frequent overlap between children with disabilities and 
children with special health care needs. However, we also acknowledge 
that not every child with a special health care need necessarily has a 
disability, and that not every child with a disability necessarily has 
significant health care needs beyond those required by children 
generally. This priority specifies ``children with disabilities'' with 
special health care needs in order to highlight the disability focus 
within the broader group of children with special health care needs. 
This focus on disability includes the interaction of personal and 
environmental factors impacting the experience of function and 
disability. This priority does not target children who do not currently 
have a disability but who are at risk for developing one. However, it 
could target children who have both a disability and special health 
care needs who are at risk for developing additional disabilities. In 
their applications, applicants will be expected to specify their target 
population and explain the basis for their decision. The peer review 
process will evaluate the merits of the proposals.
    Change: None.


    Note: This notice does not solicit applications. In any year in 
which we choose to use this final priority, we invite applications 
through a notice in the Federal Register. When inviting applications 
we designate the priority as absolute, competitive preference, or 
invitational. The effect of the priority follows:

    Absolute priority: Under an absolute priority, we consider only 
applications that meet the priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(3)).
    Competitive preference priority: Under a competitive preference 
priority, we give competitive preference to an application by either 
(1) awarding additional points, depending on how well or the extent to 
which the application meets the competitive

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preference priority (34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an 
application that meets the competitive preference priority over an 
application of comparable merit that does not meet the priority (34 CFR 
75.105(c)(2)(ii)).
    Invitational priority: Under an invitational priority, we are 
particularly interested in applications that meet the invitational 
priority. However, we do not give an application that meets the 
priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications 
(34 CFR 75.105(c)(1)).

    Note: NIDRR supports the goals of President Bush's New Freedom 
Initiative (NFI). The NFI can be accessed on the Internet at the 
following site: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom.


    The final priority is in concert with NIDRR's 1999-2003 Long-Range 
Plan (Plan). The Plan is comprehensive and integrates many issues 
relating to disability and rehabilitation research topics. Applicants 
will find many sections throughout the Plan that support potential 
research to be conducted under the final priority. The references to 
the topic of this priority may be found in the Plan, Chapter 4, Health 
and Function and Chapter 6, Independent Living and Community 
Integration. The Plan can be accessed on the Internet at the following 
site: http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/index.html.
    Through the implementation of the NFI and the Plan, NIDRR seeks to: 
(1) Improve the quality and utility of disability and rehabilitation 
research; (2) foster an exchange of expertise, information, and 
training to facilitate the advancement of knowledge and understanding 
of the unique needs of traditionally underserved populations; (3) 
determine best strategies and programs to improve rehabilitation 
outcomes for underserved populations; (4) identify research gaps; (5) 
identify mechanisms of integrating research and practice; and (6) 
disseminate findings.

Priority

    The Assistant Secretary intends to fund a priority for one RRTC 
that must focus on children with disabilities and special health care 
needs. Applicants must demonstrate how their research and development 
activities will meet the needs of individuals from traditionally 
underserved populations including, but not limited to, children from 
low-income backgrounds.
    The RRTC must conduct at least two, but not more than four, of the 
following research activities:
     Identify, develop, and evaluate models and strategies for 
implementing effective community-based practices for children with 
disabilities who have special health care needs;
     Identify, develop, and evaluate models and strategies for 
effective transition of children and adolescents with disabilities who 
have special health care needs to adulthood, including access to adult 
health care services, personal assistance services, and full 
participation in community life;
     Identify and evaluate strategies for maximizing family 
partnership and decision-making related to access to and use of home- 
and community-based services for children with disabilities who have 
special health care needs;
     Identify and evaluate innovative and effective strategies 
for facilitating access to service delivery for children with 
disabilities who have special health care needs, including health care 
reimbursement, assistive technology, and other specialized 
rehabilitative services (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, 
telehealth); and
     Identify and evaluate innovative and effective models for 
establishing coordination within the service delivery system for 
children with disabilities who have special health care needs.
    In addition to the activities proposed by the applicant to carry 
out this priority, each RRTC must--
     Conduct a state-of-the-science conference on its 
respective area of research in the third year of the grant cycle and 
publish a comprehensive report on the final outcomes of the conference 
in the fourth year of the grant cycle. This conference must include 
materials from experts internal and external to the RRTC;
     Involve individuals with disabilities in planning and 
implementing its research, training, and dissemination activities, and 
in evaluating the RRTC;
     Coordinate on research projects of mutual interest with 
relevant NIDRR-funded projects as identified through consultation with 
the NIDRR project officer; and
     Identify anticipated outcomes (i.e., advances in knowledge 
and/or changes and improvements in policy, practices, behavior, and 
system capacity) that are linked to the applicant's stated grant 
objectives.

Executive Order 12866

    This NFP has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 
12866. Under the terms of the order, we have assessed the potential 
costs and benefits of this regulatory action.
    The potential costs associated with the NFP are those resulting 
from statutory requirements and those we have determined as necessary 
for administering this program effectively and efficiently.
    In assessing the potential costs and benefits--both quantitative 
and qualitative--of this NFP, we have determined that the benefits of 
the final priority justify the costs.
    Summary of potential costs and benefits: The potential costs 
associated with this final priority are minimal while the benefits are 
significant. Grantees may incur some costs associated with completing 
the application process in terms of staff time, copying, and mailing or 
delivery. The use of Grants.gov technology reduces mailing and copying 
costs significantly.
    The benefits of the RRTC program have been well established over 
the years in that similar projects have been completed successfully. 
This final priority will generate new knowledge and technologies 
through research, development, dissemination, utilization, and 
technical assistance projects.
    Another benefit of this final priority is that the establishment of 
a new RRTC will support the President's NFI and will improve the lives 
of persons with disabilities, in particular promoting research and 
development activities for children with disabilities and special 
health care needs. The new RRTC will generate, disseminate, and promote 
the use of new information that will improve options for children with 
disabilities and special health care needs, their families, and 
caregivers.
    Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR part 350.

Electronic Access to This Document

    You may view this document, as well as all other Department of 
Education documents published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe 
Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site: 
http://www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington, DC, area at (202) 512-1530.


    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/
nara/index.html.


(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 84.133B 
Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers Program)

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    Program Authority: 29 U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(b)(2).

    Dated: July 6, 2005.
John H. Hager,
Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
[FR Doc. 05-13678 Filed 7-11-05; 8:45 am]
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