Funding Opportunities Open for Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Program

January 2, 2018

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL has announced several funding opportunities for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) Program.

The purpose of the RRTCs (which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program) is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topic areas as specified by NIDILRR. These activities are designed to benefit rehabilitation service providers, individuals with disabilities, family members, and other stakeholders.

See below for more information about the funding opportunities:

RRTC on Community Living and Participation for People with Serious Mental Illness - The purpose is to contribute to improving the community living and participation outcomes of individuals with severe mental illness by conducting research activities and serving as a national resource center for training, technical assistance, and dissemination.

RRTC on Disability in Rural Communities - The purpose is to generate new research-based knowledge that can be used to improve outcomes in one or more of the following outcome domains for people with disabilities living in rural communities: community living and participation, employment, and health and function.

RRTC on Disability Statistics and Demographics - The purpose is to conduct activities to advance the use and usefulness of disability statistics and demographic data to inform disability policies and practices toward providing full opportunities and accommodations for individuals with disabilities. This includes analyzing disability-relevant nationally representative data, improving survey methods related to people with disabilities, conducting knowledge translation of findings, and creating and implementing a web-based platform for improved public access to data.

RRTC on Promoting Healthy Aging for People with Long-Term Physical Disabilities - The purpose is to generate new research-based knowledge on healthy aging for people with long-term physical disabilities, including evidence-based information on the management of secondary conditions, and practices, programs, and policies that promote healthy aging for this population.


Please visit the links above for more details about the grants and application process. The closing date for applications is February 20, 2018.

To stay current on NIDILRR grant opportunities, please visit and search: NIDILRR or 93.433.

Within ACL, NIDILRR works to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community; and to expand society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for people with disabilities. NIDILRR conducts its work through grants that support research and development.

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