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SBIR Program Aims to Fund Projects That Help People with Disabilities

Ever heard of NIDILRR - the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research?

NIDILRR is a small HHS agency with an important mission – to improve the lives of people with disabilities. NIDILRR focuses on generating new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promoting its use and adoption. NIDILRR is located within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NIDILRR is now accepting SBIR Phase I applications! If you are developing a device or service that can improve the lives of people with disabilities, learn how NIDILRR SBIR funding can help.

Each year, NIDILRR's SBIR program funds up to ten Phase I feasibility (or proof-of-concept) projects for approximately six months (for up to $75,000 each). After completion of the Phase I stage, most of these businesses can compete for Phase II awards. Phase II awards can last up to 24 months for a total of up to $575,000.

NIDILRR's SBIR program is unique among all other SBIR programs in that it focuses solely on products and services that benefit the lives of people with disabilities.  This program funds research and development projects that propose a sound approach to the investigation of an important education, assistive technology, science, or engineering question or problem.

Please go to www.Grants.gov and search for "NIDILRR SBIR" or "HHS-2016-ACL-NIDILRR-BI-0142"

For more information, please contact:

Susan Back
Email: susan.back@ttu.edu
Phone: (806) 834-4789

Brian Bard
Email: brian.bard@acl.hhs.gov
Phone: (202) 795-7298

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