The purpose of the program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. These projects are quite varied, though all are aimed at fulfilling NIDRR's overarching goals of inclusion, integration, employment, and self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
Projects may support research relating to the development of methods, procedures, and devices to assist in the provision of rehabilitation services, particularly to persons with severe disabilities. Among the projects supported by this program are the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System (TBIMS), the Traumatic Burn Injury Model Systems, Outreach to Minority Institutions, research on spinal cord injury, and Knowledge Translation.
There are two absolute priorities under this program. They are:
Previous years' awards are available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/drrp/awards.html.
This is one of several NIDRR grant programs. Congress provides an appropriation for NIDRR as a whole; see the entry for NIDRR (# 84.133), also under the topical heading "Disability and Rehabilitation Research." The amounts listed here are a portion of the total NIDRR appropriation.
Eligible applicants are: Institutions of Higher Education, Nonprofit Organizations, Other Organizations and/or Agencies.
The deadline to submit an application is August 10, 2012.
The estimated total funds available are $7,000,000. Awards are expected to range from $427,500 to $447,500. Cost sharing is required by 34 CFR 350.62(a) and will be negotiated at the time of the grant award.