The NIDILRR Program Directory: Origin and Purpose

The NIDILRR Program Directory describes over 300 research programs working on the cutting edge of disability research. Compiled by NARIC for the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the directory provides researchers, rehabilitation professionals, and others in the field of disability with practical information on the spectrum of research, demonstration, training, engineering, and technical assistance funded by NIDILRR, including topics in:

  • State-of-the-art rehabilitation methodologies.
  • Independent living.
  • Assistive technology.
  • Family issues.
  • Environmental accessibility.
  • Transitions from school to work.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act.

The database includes projects funded from 1992 to the present. It provides links to the Web sites of NIDILRR-funded projects, when available. The Introduction to the print version of the Directory provides additional information.

NIDILRR Program Directory: Record Contents.

Project Number: - The government designation that NARIC uses to link project information across databases. You can type the project number into NARIC's REHABDATA database and retrieve information about their publications. Please note: Grants funded prior to 2015 may display grant numbers from both the Department of Education and the Administration for Community Living. Learn more about these grant numbers.

Project Title - The name of the funded project (not the name of the organization that received funding). NIDILRR project titles are usually quite descriptive.

Institution/Subunit: - The name of the organization receiving NIDILRR funding. Some institutions have more than one project; some are the largest and best-known rehabilitation institutions in the United States.

Street Address: - The contact address for the project. The search software accepts both spelled out state names and postal abbreviations.

Principal Investigator/Contact: - The person within the Institution (above) who is the research leader for the project.

Phone Number: - Numbers for project staff.

NIDILRR Officer: - The person within the Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in Washington DC who works with the principal investigator.

Fiscal year Funding: - Funding the project has received in current and previous years, if any.

Non-NIDILRR Funding: - The amount of funding from sources other than NIDILRR, if any.

Abstract of Project: - A 20- to 200-word summary of project activities.

Project Type: - The funding category of project, of which there are 12-15 per year. The browse by type page of the Directory is arranged by project type.

Priority - NIDILRR funding categories as outlined in the Long Range Plan. The browse by priority page of the Directory is arranged by funding priority.

Descriptor Terms: - Terms applied by NARIC staff to standardize retrieval across all NARIC databases; based on the REHABDATA Thesaurus.

Defunded: - Projects that received funding in 1992 or later, but have completed their funded activities.

See Also: - Institutions with similar, previously funded grants will have links about those projects.

Current: - This field indicates whether a project is currently funded ("yes"), defunded ("no"), or newly funded for the current year ("new").

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