Grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) at ACL have been awarded under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program for several areas: knowledge translation, identifying and addressing barriers to successful community participation for people aging with long-term physical disability, and robotics and automation for inclusive transportation.
The purpose of the DRRP program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities (including international activities) 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.
- DRRP Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research awarded to the American Institutes for Research.
The center will promote the use of high-quality disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research by serving as the primary knowledge translation resource for other NIDILRR grantees. Projects will include added new knowledge, supporting knowledge translation efforts, and promoting the use of NIDILRR-funded work. This grant's funding level is $750,000 per year for five years starting on September 30, 2017.
- DRRP on Robotics and Automation for Inclusive Transportation awarded to Carnegie Mellon University.
In partnership with key industry, government, and consumer stakeholders, the grantee will research and develop seamless transportation assistance from cloud-based autonomy and shared robots located in and around transportation hubs. The projects will support dual use technologies in both robots and smartphone applications. The goal is to enable more independent travel within the community by people with disabilities through universal design, coordinated research, and precursor projects already underway. This grant's funding level ranges $499,876 - $499,986 per year for five years starting on September 30, 2017.
- DRRP on Improving Community Participation for People Aging with Long-Term Disability Through Evidence-Based Strategies awarded to Washington University.
The grantee will conduct four interrelated research projects focused on the central theme of translating, adapting, and evaluating evidence-based interventions to improve community participation for people aging with long-term disability, including developing a community-based research network, a study to examine changes over time in community participation among 400 individuals, evaluate an existing effective evidence-based intervention for people in community long-term services and supports settings, and conducting a pilot randomized control trial to examine the feasibility of implementing the adapted program among the community-based research network. This grant's funding level ranges $496,635 - $497,343 per year for five years starting on September 30, 2017.
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.