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National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption. Promoting the use and adoption of new disability and rehabilitation knowledge by various stakeholders helps people with disabilities in the following ways:

  • It improves their ability to perform activities of their choice in the community
  • It expands society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities

Explore our site, especially the NIDILRR Spotlight and see what new disability knowledge you can use today.

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NIDILRR Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Transportation Priority

Review the Priority in Word (46KB) or PDF (128KB). Email comments on the priority to Marlene.Spencer@acl.hhs.gov by May 20, 2016.

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NIDILRR Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Health Services Delivery Models Priority

Review the Priority in Word (36KB) or PDF (115KB). Email comments on the priority to Marlene.Spencer@acl.hhs.gov by May 27, 2016.

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ACL Public Access Plan for NIDILRR-funded Research

In accordance with the White House Office of Science Technology and Policy (OSTP) Public Access Memorandum, ACL has developed a Public Access Plan. The memorandum asks federal agencies with research and development budgets greater than $100 million per year to develop a Public Access Plan to ensure free public access to federally-funded, peer-reviewed scientific publications and to maximize public access to the extent feasible and permitted by law and available resources. The 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act moved the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), in addition to other programs from the Department of Education, to ACL. The transfer of NIDILRR, which has a current appropriation for research and development of approximately $104 million, necessitated the development of an ACL public access plan.

Read the plan: web page | PDF (165KB)

The ACL Public Access Plan is intended to:

  • Establish a mechanism for compliance with the OSTP public access policy;
  • Make published results of ACL/NIDILRR-funded research more readily accessible to the public;
  • Make scientific data collected through ACL/NIDILRR-funded research more readily accessible to the public; and
  • Increase the use of research results and scientific data to further advance scientific endeavors and other tangible applications.

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NIDILRR Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)

ACL Seeks Comments on NIDILRR Proposed Rule

On December 21, 2015 ACL published a proposed rule to guide implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 regarding the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Federal Register.

This proposed rule:

  • Incorporates feedback on the WIOA transfer from NIDLRR stakeholders;
  • Streamlines prior NIDILRR program regulations issued by the Department of Education and aligns the regulations with the current statute and HHS policies;
  • Defines the stages of research funded by NIDILRR and requires applicants to identify which stage(s) of research they propose to undertake.

Now we want to hear from you. Submit a comment by February 19th, 2016 to let us know what you think of the proposed rule and how it can be improved in ways that are consistent with statute. The rule will not take effect until after comments are reviewed and a final rule is released.

In order for us to give thorough consideration to all public input, comments must be submitted through Regulations.gov, a fully-accessible central hub for information on the development of federal regulations. Here is a brief step-by-step guide to submitting comments online.

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More NIDILRR Items of Interest

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Last Modified: 5/13/2016