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Two New Research Funding Opportunities: Small Business Innovation Research and Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training

November 20, 2018

Two new funding opportunities from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL have been announced for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program Phase I and Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program--Health and Function.

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.

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 January 14, 2019.

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program--Health and Function

The purpose of the ARRT program (funded through NIDILRR's Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program) is 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 those 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 under this law. ARRT projects 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.

View more details and application instructions.

Eligible applicants include public and state-controlled institutions of higher education and private institutions of higher education.

Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process.This grant opportunity closes on January 15, 2019.

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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Last modified on 11/20/2018

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