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Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program


The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) funding program supports projects that carry out one or more of the following activities: research, development, demonstration, training, dissemination, utilization, and technical assistance.

The purpose of the DRRP program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into society, employment, independent living, family support, and to promote economic and social self-sufficiency and improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act.

NIDILRR funds several types of DRRPs, including:

  1. Knowledge Translation projects
  2. Model Systems in traumatic brain injury and burn injury (Note: SCI Model System is not included with the other model systems as a DRRP because it has its own statutory authority)
  3. ADA National Network projects
  4. Section 21 Program
  5. Individual research projects.

The first four types of DRRPs are managed as separate programs and the above hyperlinks point to a separate page for each program. Therefore, only individual research DRRPs are described here under the general DRRP heading.

DRRPs differ from RRTCs and RERCs in that they generally do not provide training and technical assistance. Awards range in length from three to five years.

How to Apply

  • Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations and/or agencies
  • View a list of NIDILRR funding opportunities and application kits Note: After clicking on this link, all of the funding opportunities for all of NIDILRR's programs are displayed. To limit the funding opportunities to the DRRP program, type "DRRP" in the Keyword(s) text box. Then click the Search button.
  • As a rough guideline, check the preceding link between October and April every year
  • View the Guide to Applying for some helpful application tips



Contact Phillip Beatty at NIDILRR if you have questions about the DRRP Program funding mechanism.

Last modified on 01/25/2024

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