ODEP published a Funding Opportunity Announcement
for Phase 1 of the Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Demonstration Projects. A partnership between the SSA, the Department of Labor’s ETA and ODEP, RETAIN will test the impact of early intervention strategies that improve stay-at-work/return-to-work outcomes of individuals who experience an injury or illness while employed. RETAIN projects will address both on-the-job and off-the-job injuries and illnesses.
The RETAIN Demonstration Projects are structured in two phases. During Phase 1, up to $2.5 million will be available for each of approximately eight states to complete planning and start-up activities and launch a pilot. Pending the availability of funding, at the end of 18 months up to four Phase 1 awardees will competitively receive up to $19.75 million each to implement RETAIN projects at full scale.
Applications for Phase 1 are due on July 23, 2018. A prospective applicant teleconference is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 3pm ET. Dial in information for the teleconference and additional information about RETAIN are available on the ODEP website
. The full Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted on grants.gov