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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education


To support and coordinate research and its utilization in order to improve the lives of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities, especially persons with severe disabilities, through: (1) identifying and eliminating causes and consequences of disability; (2) maximizing the health, physical, and emotional status of persons with disabilities and their functional ability, self- sufficiency, self-development and personal autonomy; (3) preventing or minimizing personal and family, physical, mental, social, educational, vocational, and economic effects of disability; and (4) reducing and eliminating physical, social, educational, vocational, and environmental barriers to permit access to services and assistance and to use their abilities in daily life.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $10,774,100; FY 10 est $109,241,000; FY 11 est $109,241,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts are awarded for research, demonstration, dissemination/utilization projects of national significance, and career training projects. All applications must meet standards of excellence in research and evaluation design. Fellowships support individual investigators in pursuing research in rehabilitation.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Estimated 230 new and continuation awards. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:


Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

The range and average vary greatly according to the competition.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Funds are awarded in 12 month budget periods. Support beyond the first 12 month budget period is contingent upon evidence that the grantee has made substantial progress toward achieving the objectives and outcomes for a project, and availability of appropriations. Awards may be made for a maximum of five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: electronic transfer.

Applicant Eligibility:

States, public, private, or nonprofit agencies and organizations, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible for research projects and specialized research activities related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities; fellowships may be awarded to individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Individuals with disabilities may benefit directly or indirectly from research and other activities conducted by grantees, such as technical assistance and dissemination.

Award Procedure:

New awards are made based upon the results of a peer review process and the review and approval of applications by staff in various offices within the Department. Official notice of approved applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award or an official letter of fellowship award. Grants and fellowships are awarded by the Secretary, Department of Education.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Donna Nagle, Department of Education, OSERS National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 245-7462.

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Is this program still going? Will it fund individuals in programs such as Project Walk?
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