Grants to USA state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, for-profits, IHEs, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations to assist individuals with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that promote the implementation of findings that were gained from the funding source's research and development projects.
The purpose of the DRRPs is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act, by generating new knowledge, or developing methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of health and function, community living, and employment outcomes among people with disabilities, especially people with disabilities who have the greatest support needs. Under this particular DRRP priority, grantees must engage in knowledge translation activities to promote the use or adoption of findings or products from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects.
A critical part of the mission of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is promoting the effective use of new findings and products from NIDILRR-sponsored research and development activities to improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living establishes a priority for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) grants. These DRRP grants will serve as Projects for Translating the Findings and Products of Disability and Rehabilitation Research and Development into Practice. Under this priority, grantees must promote the use, adoption, or implementation of findings, interventions, or products from NIDILRR-sponsored research or development projects. Grantees under this priority must also document and disseminate the knowledge translation methods that they used to facilitate the use, adoption, or implementation of findings, interventions, or products by intended users.
Each knowledge translation grant under this priority must be conducted in partnership with people with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders. People with disabilities and other relevant stakeholders must be actively engaged in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all knowledge translation activities.
Applicants must ensure that all materials, websites, and information technology tools and products that they plan to develop or maintain will be accessible, and that electronic materials will be produced in full compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d). For websites this compliance currently requires meeting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0/2/1 AA success criteria. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to meet these requirements.
Grantees under this priority must contribute to the following outcomes:
- Use, adoption, or implementation of NIDILRR-sponsored findings, interventions, or products by intended users of such findings, interventions, or products;
- Changes in policy, practice, or systems that are intended to improve outcomes among people with disabilities, including people with disabilities from underserved communities highlighted in EO 13985, as a result of the use, adoption, or implementation of NIDILRR-sponsored findings, intervention, or products; and
- Increased understanding of knowledge translation activities that promote the use, adoption, or implementation of research-based findings, interventions, or products in disability, independent living, or rehabilitation contexts.
An applicant should consult the NIDILRR Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2023 when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains: (1) community living and participation; (2) health and function; and (3) employment. Applicants for these DRRP projects must specify in their abstract and project narrative which of these outcome domains their proposed project will focus on. Although applicants may propose projects that address more than one domain, they should select the primary domain addressed in their proposed project.