New Funding Opportunities for Field Initiated Projects for Minority-Serving Institutions and Small Business Innovation Research Program

December 20, 2019

New funding opportunities from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL have been announced for the Field Initiated (FI) Projects Program and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.


Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI)

The purpose of the FI Projects is to to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

The purpose of this MSI-FI competition is to improve the capacity of minority entities to engage in disability and rehabilitation research and development activities. NIDILRR will accomplish this by limiting eligibility for this competition to minority entities and Indian tribes. NIDILRR is particularly interested in applications from individual minority entities that have historically been underrepresented in the Federally-sponsored research arena.

MSI-FI (Research)

In carrying out a research activity under an MSI-FI Projects research grant, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions, and based on them, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing (1) new scientific knowledge, or (2) better understanding of the subject, problem studied, or body of knowledge. 

View more details and application instructions.

Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process.This grant opportunity closes on February 18, 2020.

 

MSI-FI (Development)

In carrying out a development activity under an MSI-FI Projects development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding grained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols, that are beneficial to the target population. 

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Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on February 18, 2020.


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I

The purpose of the SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting federal research or research and development needs, and improve the return on investment from federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The goal is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through research and development of products generated by small businesses, and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research results and development products.

During Phase I, NIDILRR funds firms to conduct feasibility studies to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea.

View more details and application instructions.

Organizations that apply must quality as a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration. Additionally, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business as the time of the award and during the period of the proposed research. The applying firm must perform at least two-thirds of the research.

Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on February 18, 2020.


To stay current on NIDILRR grant opportunities, please visit grants.gov 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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Last modified on 12/20/2019


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