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Switzer Research Fellowships and Field-Initiated Projects for Minority-Serving Institutions Open for Applications

December 19, 2018

New funding opportunities from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL have been announced for the Switzer Research Fellowships Program and Field-Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution Research & Development


Switzer Research Fellowships Program

The purpose of this program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly-qualified individuals, including those who have disabilities, to conduct research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This may include research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are 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.

The program provides two categories of research fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships. To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must be in the earlier stages of his or her career in research and have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation. To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to research on rehabilitation, independent living and other experiences and outcomes of individuals with disabilities, and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications.

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 11, 2019.


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

This grant opportunity is intended to improve the capacity of minority entities to conduct high quality disability and rehabilitation research by limiting eligibility for this opportunity to minority entities and Indian tribes. A grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions and, based on the hypotheses or research questions identified, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing new scientific knowledge, or 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 15, 2019.


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

This grant opportunity is intended to improve the capacity of minority entities to conduct high quality disability and rehabilitation research by limiting eligibility for this opportunity to minority entities and Indian tribes. A grantee must use knowledge and understanding gained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols that are beneficial to the target population.

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 15, 2019.


To stay current on NIDILRR grant opportunities, please visit www.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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