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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.

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
  • View a list of NIDILRR funding opportunities and application kits. Note: After clicking on the link, funding opportunity announcements for all of NIDILRR programs will be displayed. To view RERC funding opportunity announcements, type RERC in the keyword(s) box and hit 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 Thomas Corfman at NIDILRR if you have questions about the RERC Program funding mechanism.

Last modified on 01/25/2024

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