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Developing a technology to improve lives of people with disabilities? SBIR can help.

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December 12, 2016
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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. This year the Phase I funding is for approximately six months (for up to $100,000 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 and search for “NIDILRR SBIR”
or “HHS-2017-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0194”

Please go to and search for “NIDILRR SBIR” or “HHS-2017-ACL-NIDILRR-BISA-0194”
Opening Date: Dec 09, 2016
Closing Date: Feb 07, 2017

For more information please contact: Brian Bard, email:, phone: 202-795-7298

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