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SSA Funding Opportunity on Employment of People with Disabilities

June 14, 2023

Applications due July 31, 2023

Learn more about this funding opportunity.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced a new funding opportunity for conducting interventional research to support its programs. They seek applications for research to be conducted under five priority areas:

  • Eliminating the structural barriers for people with disabilities in the labor market, particularly for people of color and other underserved communities, that increase the likelihood of people receiving or applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • Increasing employment and self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, including people of color and underserved communities (whether beneficiaries, applicants, or potential applicants of the SSDI or SSI programs).
  • Coordinating planning between private and public human services agencies to improve the administration and effectiveness of the SSDI, SSI, and related programs.
  • Assisting claimants in underserved communities to apply for or appeal decisions on claims for SSDI and SSI benefits.
  • Conducting outreach to people with disabilities who are potentially eligible to receive SSI.

SSA intends the projects to have a project period of up to five years, with the first year intended to put any necessary data agreements into place, recruit additional partners, and conduct any other implementation planning activities. If the project is able to meet these milestones in the first year, funding may be continued to field and evaluate the project for up to four years.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact at 800-518-4726 or

Last modified on 06/14/2023

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