Projects by Priority
Below are links to the introduction and 8 chapters of the NIDRR Program Directory, similar to their format in the hard copy version. This online version will be updated and may differ in both content and form from the original print version. Please note: This Directory is organized following NIDRR's funding priorities. For a listing of projects by project type visit the Projects by Funding Mechanism.
You may also search the Program Directory from the Program Directory Search page.
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Please note: These links will only display currently funded projects. For previously funded projects, use the Search page and remember to select "All projects, both current and defunded."
1. Employment Outcomes.
NIDRR seeks to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities by funding research into the wide spectrum of employment and disability issues, including economics; Federal, State, and community employment programs; accommodation; technology; education; and ergonomics and the work environment.
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2. Health and Function.
NIDRR's research focus for health and function addresses challenges to individual care, services, and supports for people with disabilities. Research topics include: medical rehabilitation; health and wellness programs; service delivery; short- and long-term interventions; systems research; and new and emerging disabilities. NIDRR's model systems are funded under this priority:
3. Technology for Access and Function.
Historically and currently, research investigating rehabilitation and biomedical engineering and assistive technology has produced results which have helped people with disabilities to achieve and maintain maximum physical function, live in their own homes, attain gainful employment, and participate in and contribute to society. NIDRR's research addresses a broad range of technology, including systems of public technology, such as telecommunications and the built environment, and orphan technology for individuals. The research program also ecourages universal design practices.
4. Community Living and Participation.
Independent living recognizes that each person has the right to independence through maximum control over his or her life, based on an ability and opportunity to make choices in performing everyday activities. These activities include: managing one's personal life; participating in community life; fulfilling social roles, such as marriage, parenthood, employment, and citizenship; sustaining self-determination; and minimizing physical or psychological dependence on others. Community integration incorporates ideas of both place and participation, so that a person is physically located in a community setting, and participates in community activities. Issues of consumer direction and control also are integral to concepts of community integration. The goals of NIDRR's research program are to encourage independent living and community integration, to achieve more successful outcomes for people with disabilities, and to foster the development of innovative methods to achieve these outcomes and to measure achievement.
5. Disability Demographics.
Related disability research emphasizes knowledge areas that are cross-cutting and essential to the support and refinement of disability research generally. The common theme linking disability statistics, outcome measures, Disability Studies, rehabilitation science, and international activities, is that they all provide essential frameworks and building blocks that enable the disability research enterprise to thrive and to address important issues in meaningful ways.
6. Knowledge Translation.
Knowledge translation provides the tools though which to ensure that people with disabilities become fully integrated and participating members of society. NIDRR's Knowledge Translation efforts ensure the widespread distribution, in usable formats, of practical scientific and technological information generated by research, demonstration, and related activities. NIDRR's challenge is to reach diverse and changing populations; to present research results in many different and accessible formats; and to use technology appropriately.
7. ADA Technical Assistance Programs.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) opens more opportunities for persons with disabilities. It also places certain responsibilities on employers, transit and communication systems, state and local governments, and public accommodations. To assist covered parties to understand and comply with the ADA, NIDRR has funded a network of grantees to provide information, training, and technical assistance to businesses and agencies with duties and responsibilities under the ADA.
8. Capacity Building for Rehabilitation Research and Training.
NIDRR funding for capacity building supports advanced instruction for researchers and service providers, and training for consumers in applications of new research and technology. This involves training researchers across disciplines, training rehabilitation practitioners and service providers to use research-generated knowledge and new techniques; and training consumers to participate in research efforts.