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Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Program


The purpose of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by conducting advanced engineering research and development of innovative technologies designed to solve particular rehabilitation problems or remove environmental barriers.

RERCs also demonstrate and evaluate such technologies, facilitate service delivery systems changes, stimulate the production and distribution of equipment in the private sector, and provide training opportunities to enable individuals (including individuals with disabilities) to become researchers and practitioners of rehabilitation technology. Awards are normally made for a five-year period.

As national centers of excellence, RERC Program grantees must also provide technical assistance and consultations that are responsive to concerns of service providers and consumers.

How to Apply

  • Eligible applicants are states; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations
  • Two ways to search and locate RERC funding opportunities exist. 
    • Go to Grants.Gov. The Search Grants' page will appear in your web browser. Type *RERC* in the Keyword(s) Search text box. Be sure to surround the word RERC in asterisks as above. Then click the Search button. All Forecasted and Posted RERC funding opportunities will be displayed on screen. To see "closed" and "archived" RERC funding opportunities, be sure that the "closed" and "archived" checkboxes are also checked. 
    • Go the's Funding Opportunities' Landing Page. At the top of the page, ensure the Sort by Program drop-down menu shows NIDILRR.  Then click apply. 
  • 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 Thomas Corfman at NIDILRR if you have questions about the RERC Program funding mechanism.

Last modified on 05/06/2024

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