The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) has finished posting the grant opportunities that have been made available, or will be making available in fiscal year 2018. This year NIDILRR is publishing nearly 50% more funding opportunity announcements (34 in total) than in 2017. Each of these opportunities requires NIDILRR staff to plan and administer one or more expert peer review panels to systematically evaluate the large number of applications that received.
Given this disproportional peer review oversight responsibility in 2018, NIDILRR has made the decision not to publish a Field Initiated Projects (FIP) funding opportunity for FY 2018. Instead, we plan to fund in rank order the next 14 highest-scoring applications from the 2017 FIP competition. Each of these applications received scores that exceeded 90 in NIDILRR’s 2017 FIP grant review. These high-scoring research and development grants will generate a diversity of new knowledge and products that can be used to improve the community living and participation, employment, or health and function outcomes of people with disabilities.
Thank you for your continued interest in NIDILRR’s programs.
Within ACL, NIDILRR works to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community; and to expand society's capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for people with disabilities. NIDILRR conducts its work through grants that support research and development.
Have the individuals who did not receive funding last year for the FIP grants, but are now going to be funded notified? If people scored above 90 for the 2017 FIP grant, but are not going to be funded will they be notified as such? Thank you.
NIDILRR has not yet contacted or notified the 14 FIP applicants that are described in this post. Later this fiscal year NIDILRR will be contacting the 14 highest-scoring FY 2017 FIP applicants that did not receive FIP funding last year. We will not be contacting or notifying applicants with scores above 90 if they are not within this group of 14.