SBIR Funding Available for Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research
March 16th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman
Innovative small businesses with research concepts that could increase independence of people with disabilities in community settings are encouraged to explore the Department of Education’s Small Business Innovation Research FY 2015 Phase I funding opportunity announcement.
This solicitation is specific to the DoED’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. All DoED NIDILRR SBIR Phase I applications are due by May 12.
Phase I awards are for amounts up to $75,000 for six-month project performance periods. The DoED anticipates making 10 total awards. All SBIR project proposals funded by the NIDILRR must address needs of individuals with disabilities. Project activities may include the following:
- Conducting manufacturing-related R&D that encompasses improvements in existing methods or processes, or wholly new processes, machines, or systems, that benefit individuals with disabilities;
- Exploring the uses of technology to ensure equal access to education, employment, community environments, and information for individuals with disabilities; and
- Improving the quality and utility of disability and rehabilitation research.
Under this funding opportunity, there are five program areas of particular interest to the agency:
- Increased independence of individuals with disabilities in community settings, including educational settings, through the development of technology to support access to these settings and promote integration of individuals with disabilities.
- Enhanced sensory or motor function of individuals with disabilities through the development of technology to support improved functional capacity.
- Enhanced workforce participation through the development of technology to increase access to employment, promote sustained employment, and support employment advancement for individuals with disabilities.
- Enhanced community living and participation for individuals with disabilities through the development of accessible information technology including cloud computing, software, systems, and devices that promote access to information in educational, employment, and community settings, and voting technology that improves access for individuals with disabilities.
- Improved health-care interventions and increased use of related resources through the development of technology to support independent access to community health-care services for individuals with disabilities.
Arkansas-based companies who would like assistance with the steps required to prepare their SBIR proposals are encouraged to contact Rebecca Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501.683.7700.