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Model Systems Program


NIDILRR’s Model Systems programs in spinal cord injury (SCIMS), traumatic brain injury (TBIMS), and burn injury (BMS) provide coordinated systems of rehabilitation care and conduct research on recovery and long-term outcomes. In addition, these centers serve as platforms for collaborative, multi-site research, including research on interventions using randomized controlled approaches. The programs also track Model Systems patients over time in large databases.

How to Apply

  • Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations and/or agencies.
  • Search for NIDILRR funding opportunities under the Model Systems program. Note: To limit the funding opportunities to Burn Model System Centers, type “burn” in the Keyword(s) text box. Then type 93.433 in the CFDA text box. Finally, left-click the “search button”.  For Spinal Cord Injury Model System funding opportunities type “sci” in the Keyword(s) text box. Type 93.433 in the CFDA text box. left-click the search button. For the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, type “tbi” in the Keyword(s) text box.  and 93.433 in the CFDA text box. Finally, left click on 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.


Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems

Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems

Burn Injury Model Systems

The Important Contributions of the Model Systems' Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)

The MSKTC   website is an online   gateway to a variety of resources for a variety of stakeholders concerned about   spinal cord injury (SCI),  traumatic brain injury (TBI), and  burn injury (Burn).     This center also   summarizes   research, identifies health information needs, and develops information resources to support the Model Systems' Centers in meeting the needs of individuals  who make   up these three populations.

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center is also committed to developing information products that matter by: (1) Ensuring that stakeholder involvement drives their content; and (2) Using Plain Language. The documents below reflect the commitment to these principles.

 The Model Systems produce many publications. Sample full-text publications produced by the model systems are presented below.  

A Short Video Story Documenting the Impact of the University of Pittsburgh Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center

Dr. Michael Boninger, a staff member at the University of Pittsburgh Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center recounts the story of Jamie which poignantly demonstrates the difference the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems' made in her life. The beginning of the story starts at  this time-stamp  and ends at this time stamp. Note:  This video story was part of the 40-year anniversary celebration of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. View Parts 1 and 2 of the entire event. 


Contact Cate Miller at NIDILRR if you have questions about the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems.

Contact Amanda Reichard at NIDILRR if you have questions about the Burn Model Systems.

Contact Brian Bard at NIDILRR if you have questions about the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems.

Contact Radha Holavanahalli at NIDILRR if you have questions about the Model Systems' National Data Centers.

Last modified on 03/21/2024

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