Capitol Correspondence - 01.15.17

NIDILRR Announces Technology Transportation Grant Opportunity

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On January 9, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) announced a new grant opportunity under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects Program (DRRP) for Using Robotics and Automation to Improve Accessible Transportation Options for Individuals with Disabilities.

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.

This DRRP grant is for advancing the application of automation and robotics to enhance accessible transportation for travelers with disabilities and to improve opportunities for a seamless travel chain that meets the diverse needs of travelers with disabilities (including mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities).

Please visit the link above for more details about the grant and application process. This grant opportunity closes on March 21, 2017.

To stay current on NIDILRR grant opportunities, please visit and search: NIDILRR or 93.433.

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.