New Research Funding Opportunities

Several new research funding opportunities from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL have been announced for the Small Business Innovation Research Program and Minority-Serving Institutions

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) Phase I

The purpose of the SBIR program is to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, strengthen the role of small business in meeting federal research or research and development needs, and improve the return on investment from federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. The goal is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through research and development of products generated by small businesses, and to increase the commercial application of NIDILRR-supported research results and development products. The objective of Phase I is to determine the scientific or technical merit and feasibility of proposed research or research & development (R/R&D) efforts that appear to have commercial potential.

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Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on February 2, 2021.

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Field Initiated Projects Program: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI)

The purpose of the FI Projects is to to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities. Another purpose is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. 

The purpose of this MSI-FI competition is to improve the capacity of minority entities to engage in disability and rehabilitation research and development activities. NIDILRR will accomplish this by limiting eligibility for this competition to minority entities and Indian tribes. NIDILRR is particularly interested in applications from individual minority entities that have historically been underrepresented in the Federally-sponsored research arena.

MSI-FI (Research)

In carrying out a research activity under an MSI-FI Projects research grant, a grantee must identify one or more hypotheses or research questions, and based on them, perform an intensive, systematic study directed toward producing (1) new scientific knowledge, or (2) better understanding of the subject, problem studied, or body of knowledge. 

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Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on February 2, 2021.

MSI-FI (Development)

In carrying out a development activity under an MSI-FI Projects development grant, a grantee must use knowledge and understanding grained from research to create materials, devices, systems, methods, measures, techniques, tools, prototypes, processes, or intervention protocols, that are beneficial to the target population. 

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Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on February 2, 2021.