OSERS Application Assistance for 2019 Grant Competition: 84.325H


Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities—Doctoral Training Consortia Associated with High-Intensity Needs

CFDA: 84.325H

The U.S. Department of Education is committed to attracting as many qualified applicants as possible for its discretionary grant competitions. The Department is also committed to an equitable and transparent application process. OSERS is, therefore, providing to interested applicants technical assistance on the application process and application requirements for this competition.

Informational Webinar:

OSERS has posted a pre-recorded webinar providing application instructions and assistance for this competition.

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Application Q & A:

This blog provides applicants with an additional opportunity to ask questions about the application process and the application requirements for this competition. Please submit your questions in the comment box below no later than 5:00 pm ET, on July 1, 2019. OSERS intends to post answers here within two business days of receipt. When submitting your questions, please keep the purpose of this blog in mind. OSERS will only post answers to questions related to the application process and the application requirements for this competition. OSERS will not respond to questions on other topics or to any comments.

For More Information Contact:

During and after the Q & A period, applicants may also call or send questions about the application process and application requirements for this competition to the competition manager:

Celia Rosenquist

Email: Celia.Rosenquist@ed.gov

Phone: 202-245-7373

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.

If answers to questions received by telephone or email may be useful to other applicants, OSERS will update the blog.



  1. What does it mean “a grantee may not award subgrants.” Is this the same as the lead applicant distributing funds to the five other IHEs through subcontracts? If subcontracts are not allowed, how are the funds to be distributed from the lead applicant to the five other IHEs?

    • The language in the notice is in reference to subgrants and not subcontracts. Under 34 CFR 75.708(e), a grantee may contract for supplies, equipment, and other services in accordance with 2 CFR part 200.

  2. Will an application instructions document be made available as was made available for the 84.325D and 84.325K opportunities? Or will we only have the Federal Register to reference for guidance?

  3. 2 part question
    Are there any course credit requirements?
    The requirement is that there are at least 6 IHEs in a consortia and the grant is for three separate consortia?
    Thank you

    • There are no course requirements. Under Quality of Project Services, applicants are asked to describe in the narrative how the components of the project, such as the consortium curriculum, work-based experiences aligned with project components (e.g., internships, current employment), research requirements, and other opportunities provided to scholars to analyze data, critique research and methodologies, and practice newly acquired knowledge and skills, will enable the scholars to acquire the competencies needed by leadership personnel for postsecondary instruction, administration, policy development, professional practice, leadership, or research in special education, early intervention, or related services.

      OSEP intends to award grants to three doctoral training consortia that will prepare leaders with highly specialized skills, knowledge, and expertise to address the needs of children with disabilities with high-intensity needs. Each consortium must be comprised of at least six IHEs with existing doctoral programs. Each consortium must also include at least one doctoral preparation program that has not received funding under CFDA 84.325D or CFDA 84.325H at any point in the preceding five fiscal years (i.e., FY 2014 – FY 2018).

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