Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network Collaborative Research Project

Funding Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services

The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living invites applications for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network Collaborative Research Project (CFDA 93.433), authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

The purpose of NIDILRR’s DRRPs, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act by developing research based knowledge, methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technologies that advance a wide range of independent living and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most significant disabilities. Under this priority, NIDILRR will fund a DRRP to serve as the ADA National Network Collaborative Research Project.

Since 2006 NIDILRR has integrated research into the ADA National Network’s activities in order to generate new knowledge and information about the ADA and to inform the ADA National Network’s delivery of ADA training and technical assistance efforts. Recent NIDILRRsponsored research has resulted in new knowledge on ADA-specific topics such as disability and implicit bias; youth employment and the ADA; ADA Title I Implementation for small businesses; understanding and improving financial inclusion; ADA implementation in local governments; emergency management; health care access; and service animals; among many others (ADA National Network, 2021).

Additional research on ADA implementation is still needed in many areas that shape the experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities. Examples of topics with little ADA research include, but are not limited to, child care, the criminal justice system, voting, and other topics related to community living or independent living among people with disabilities (Parker Harris, Gould, Ojok et al., 2014). Further, there are underrepresented subpopulations of people with disabilities (i.e., Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality) for whom research about ADA knowledge and experience is scarce. NIDILRR intends to support collaborative research using the regional network structure as a foundation for multi-site research to inform ADA implementation.


  • Letter of Intent: Feb. 23, 2022
  • Application: March 20, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

States; public or private agencies, including for-profit agencies; public or private organizations, including for-profit organizations; IHEs; and Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 20, 2022