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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

Leadership, Staff & Offices

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NIDILRR Leadership

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For adminstrative purposes, staff at NIDILRR are members of one of the three offices: The Office of Director, The Office of Research Sciences, and the Office of Research Evaluation and Administration. However, the day-to-day functioning at NIDILRR depicts a much closer knit reality where staff members from within and across offices work together to achieve agency-driven goals and objectives.

NIDILRR staff members have expertise and/or experience in a variety of fields, disciplines, and subject areas including but not limited to:

  • Business Administration
  • Budgeting
  • Program Planning and Implementation
  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research Administration and Grants Processing
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Knowledge Management
  • Health/Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Technology Transfer
  • Information Technology
  • Disability Studies
  • Disability Services
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

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NIDILRR Offices and Their Functions

The Office of the Director

The Office of the Director is headed by a director and deputy director. The director reports to the Acting Administrator, Administration for Community Living or the Acting Deputy Administrator for Community Living. The Office of the Director:

  • Manages all internal and external activities of NIDILRR, including the research, dissemination and public information programs
  • Provides necessary data and information required by the National Council on Disability
  • Prepares and submits to Congress a long-range plan for rehabilitation research
  • Chairs the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), authorized by Section 203 of the Rehabiliation Act, and promotes the coordination of disability research throughout the federal government
  • Monitors NIDILRR’s international activities

The Office of Research Sciences

The Office of Research Sciences is responsible for national and international programs in research, training, and technical and clinical evaluation. It performs research program functions and dissemination and utilization functions.

Research program functions include but are not limited to:

  • Planning, developing, implementing and managing a comprehensive national and international program of research, training, utilization and evaluation in specific program areas
  • Identifying trends and needs and recommends priorities to the leadership of NIDILRR
  • Managing a comprehensive scientific peer review of all grants and contract applications
  • Conducting on site reviews and recommending new awards, continuations, project or center redirection, audits and terminations
  • Preparing materials for application announcements
  • Providing guidance and technical assistance to grantee institutions and potential applicants
  • Performing program officer responsibilities in peer review of applications and carries on program officer responsibilities during the course of projects
  • Initiating, organizing, and conducting state-of-the-art workshops and assuring full participation of the public and private sectors
  • Performing program oversight and monitoring of the progress of grants and contracts
  • Organizing and convening interagency subcommittees, and coordinating its activities with other federal agencies and participating in joint-funding of rehabilitation research and related activities, in collaboration with the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR)
  • Collaborating with the Office of Research Evaluation and Administration division in developing and publishing regulatory documents, including annual announcements of priorities, grant applications and fellowship notices
  • Integrating the grants and contracts award processes with postings of financial commitments and obligations in the Department’s financial management and grant processing systems.
  • Scheduling grants and
  • Committing funds

Dissemination and utilization functions include but are not limited to:

  • Planning, developing and administering research utilization, public information, public education and publications which address NIDILRR research activities and findings
  • Providing technical expertise to the ICDR, the National Council on Disability and other agencies and private organizations serving individuals with disabilities
  • Conducting studies to determine innovative techniques and systems for the dissemination and utilization of rehabilitation research findings
  • Managing a national and international technical assistance network that provides information concerning new programs and improved research techniques
  • Managing a comprehensive program to disseminate NIDILRR research findings through accessible media to a range of target audiences
  • Enhancing the public understanding of needs, problems and concerns of individuals with disabilities through the dissemination of research findings and other data and
  • Representing the director of NIDILRR, as appropriate, in research forums and with consumers and other federal agencies and preparing materials as required for speeches and publications

Office of Research, Evaluation, and Administration

Office of Research, Evaluation, and Administration is responsible for budget formulation, policy coordination, planning, identification, implementation, analysis, monitoring and evaluation of Congressionally-mandated NIDILRR activities.

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Specific functions performed by OREA include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the coordination of NIDILRR policies and priorities involving issue identification, issue analysis, planning, as well working with overall policy
  • Ensuring NIDILRR policy and guidance encompasses a broad range of the research community from regulations, statutes and policy inquiries
  • Developing and updating the Congressionally-mandated government-wide, long-range research plan, using materials developed by NIDILRR, including input from other federal agencies, the National Council on Disability, and other relevant sources
  • Administering an ongoing assessment of the research needs of service providers, research scientists and individuals with disabilities
  • Preparing planning and evaluation documents required by the Administration for Community Living, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget and the Congress
  • Coordinating program assessments in order to prioritize evaluation, regulations development and research priority development
  • Establishing policies and procedures governing the assignment and technical review of all research grants, cooperative agreements, fellowships, and institutional training applications received by NIDILRR for the support of rehabilitation research, training and related activities
  • Formulating, presenting and executing the NIDILRR program and administrative budgets
  • Monitoring all procurement, cooperative agreements and interagency agreements
  • Monitoring all personnel actions through appropriate channels as well as, attending to all administrative needs and service for NIDILRR including space, communication, furniture, training, supplies, travel, and printing
  • Integrating the grants and contracts award processes with posting of financial commitments and obligations in the Departments’ financial management and grants processing systems
  • Scheduling grants
  • Committing funds

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Last Modified: 2/15/2017