New Research Funding Opportunities from NIDILRR

October 26, 2020

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 Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program.


Two Field Initiated Projects Program Funding Opportunities

The purpose of the Field Initiated 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. 

Field Initiated Projects (Research)

In carrying out a research activity under an Field Initiated 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. 

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Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on December 21, 2020.

Field Initiated Projects (Development)

In carrying out a development activity under an Field Initiated 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 December 21, 2020.


Three Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program Funding Opportunities

This program is funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program to provide advanced research training and experience to individuals with doctorates (or similar advanced degrees) who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including researchers with disabilities, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act, and that improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act. 

ARRT Employment

ARRT projects under this opportunity announcement must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability and rehabilitation research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in NIDILRR’s major domain of employment.

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

ARRT Community Living and Participation

ARRT projects under this opportunity announcement must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability and rehabilitation research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in NIDILRR’s major domain of community living and participation.

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

ARRT Health and Function

ARRT projects under this opportunity announcement must provide advanced research training to eligible individuals to enhance their capacity to conduct high-quality multidisciplinary disability and rehabilitation research to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in NIDILRR’s major domain of health and function.

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


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.


Last modified on 10/26/2020


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