Call for Proposals

Release 03/8/2019
Improved Health and Independence Among Individuals with Disabilities in WV

About the Center for Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University

The Center of Excellence in Disabilities at West Virginia University (WVU CED) is one of 67 centers (at least one in every state) that is in a unique position to disseminate information about disability services between community and university. The WVU CED works with people with disabilities, members of their families, state and local government agencies, and community providers in projects that provide training, technical assistance, service, research, and information dissemination, with a focus on building capacity of communities to sustain all their citizens.

The WVU CED implements core functions including: providing preservice preparation, services (technical assistance, community education, and direct services), research, and information dissemination.

Mini-Grants Description

In the April 2019, the WVU CED will award up to four (4) mini-grants of up to $2,500 to collaborative teams including community representatives, providers, researchers, and/or organizations to implement evidence-based and promising strategies that promote health and independence among individuals with disabilities in West Virginia. Research or program development proposals that address employment or successful transitions are encouraged.

Program-specific expenses may include materials, participant incentives, and other operational costs. Indirect costs, stipend or salary support, clinical services or care will not be covered.

Areas of Funding

There are two general areas of funding for which proposals will be accepted. Please ensure your proposed objectives fall within one of these areas: Employment or Transitions across the lifespan. Examples of proposals that will be considered:

  • A project to support successful transitions for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from
    • Home to school/learning setting
    • Post-secondary to higher education and/or work setting
  • A project to support caregivers who are planning to transition their dependents in the later stages of their lives
  • A project that promotes career development and job advancement among individuals with disabilities
  • A project that promotes employer interest in hiring individuals with disabilities

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include faculty members, providers, and staff from WVU and WVU CED partners from state and local agencies. Additional members from the WVU CED Advisory Committee – or others – may be invited to be part of the committee. The selection committee will provide recommendations for funding to the Leadership Committee of the WVU CED.

Budget Specifications

Please provide an itemized budget and budget justification for 1 year for up to the total amount (up to $2,500). Do not exceed the total amount. Examples of expenses that will NOT be funded include indirect or general operating costs; stipend or salary support for staff or volunteers, including fringe benefits; equipment costing $2,000 or more per item; food or beverages; clinical services or care; construction or renovation of facilities; proprietary endeavors where the grantee stands to benefit financially; legislative advisory functions or lobbying; registration fees.

Submission Details

Applicants should submit their proposals electronically (must be typed) via email to Valerie Frey-McClung at by 5:00 pm on April 5, 2019. Applications should be no more than ten (10) pages and include the following areas of information:

  • Background and Significance (with literature review)
  • Specific Aims
  • Research or Program Development Strategy
  • Budget
  • Budget Justification
  • References

Selection and Scoring Process

All mini-grant submissions will undergo a review and scoring process by the selection committee. This screening will assess the project’s goals, design, use of exemplary practices, plans for evaluation or participant assessment, and budget. Applications that do not address employment or successful transitions will not be reviewed. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

For more information, please contact:
Lesley Cottrell, Ph.D.
Director, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Professor, Pediatrics
West Virginia University
959 Hartman Run Road
Morgantown, WV 26505