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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND)

  • Program Name:Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders Training Program
  • Activity Code:T73
  • Application Available:11/16/2020
  • Application Deadline:2/22/2021
  • Created By:Schwab, Dawn
  • Created On:11/7/2019
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:2/17/2021
  • Estimated Project Start Date:7/1/2021

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Modification published on 02/17/2021
Updated Deadline for Waivers

Modification published on 12/08/2020
MODIFIED on December 8, 2020: See Executive Summary page for details.


 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-21-041
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.877
Provisional No
Activity Code T73
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2021


This notice solicits applications for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) training program, and the option of a single, 1-year LEND supplement when funds are available, to expand or develop programs able to diagnose or rule out individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other developmental disabilities (DD) across their lifespan. The purpose of the LEND program is to improve the health of individuals who have, or are at risk for developing, ASD/DD by providing graduate-level training in maternal and child health interdisciplinary leadership education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities programs. LEND trainees should: (i) receive an appropriate balance of academic, clinical, and community opportunities; (ii) be culturally competent; (iii) be ethnically diverse; (iv) demonstrate a capacity to evaluate, diagnose or rule out, develop, and provide evidence-based interventions to individuals with ASD/DD across their lifespan; and (v) demonstrate an ability to use a family-centered approach. LEND provides interdisciplinary opportunities for trainees to access content and experiences beyond the scope of their respective academic disciplines. The goal of the program is to increase the capacity of the workforce trained to meet the complex needs of individuals with ASD/DD by enhancing the expertise and leadership skills of practicing professionals, families, and self-advocates dedicated to working with and improving the system of care for individuals with ASD/DD. LEND programs meet these goals through a range of activities. Specific objectives are to: 1) Train graduate and post-graduate students, family members, people with disabilities, and community professionals. 2) Deliver training that includes a balance of academic, clinical, leadership, and community-based learning opportunities framed in an interdisciplinary, and person-/family-centered manner. 3) Engage trainees at varying levels of intensity through long-, medium-, and short-term training opportunities. 4) Engage diverse cohorts of trainees and faculty, including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, geographic regions, and other factors reflecting the broader population. 5) Increase the number of interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations provided by LEND faculty and trainees. 6) Provide continuing education opportunities for practicing professionals. 7) Provide technical assistance to local, state, and national programs and agencies to improve the system of care for people with disabilities. The purpose of the optional LEND Supplement is to enhance LEND training program capacity to respond to emerging needs and support innovative training practices.

 Legislative Information

42 U.S.C. § 280i-1 (Title III, § 399BB of the Public Health Service Act)

 Application Information

Application Available 11/16/2020
Application Deadline 02/22/2021
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 04/17/2021
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
Allow Applications to be Reopened in EHBs No
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New; Continuation & Supplement
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date N/A
Estimated Project Period N/A
Estimated Project Start Date 07/01/2021
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2026
Estimated Amount of this Competition $35,245,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 55
Estimated Average Size of Awards $0.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement No

 Contact Information

Name Robyn Schulhof, MA
Phone Number (301)443-0258

 Download Information

Expand FOA (Guidance) Attachment (Maximum 1)
Document Name Size Date Attached Description
MCHB HRSA 21-041 (T73) LEND_Final_MOD_12-8-20.pdf 613 kB 12/08/2020
Expand Application Package (Maximum 1)
No documents attached
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