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The DRI research program is known for its highest caliber, diverse methodologies, and broad range of research priorities with disability policy implications. Use the links below to search for projects by author name, title, or theme.

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Types of Research Projects

There are three types of research projects: core projects (major research), small grants projects, and high priority projects. Each type differs in duration and amount of funding, but follow the same guidelines as related to research priorities and themes. Year 5 is focusing on: return to work/transition to work, the disability determination process and proposed improvements, and the economic aspects of disability.

Small Grants Research Projects: These projects are funded from the DRI core budget for 12 months, with a budget (including direct and indirect costs) not exceeding $25,000. Research is encouraged from a broad range of related disciplines that would contribute importantly to DRI research priorities and diversify the research methodologies being used to address disability issues. Particular attention is given to supporting the work of researchers early in their careers.

Core Projects (Major Research): Funding for these projects is also built into the DRI core annual budget, and average $100,000 per year. The guiding principle for these major research projects is the implication for disability policy programs administered by the Social Security Administration.

High Priority Projects: High-priority projects form an important component of the research work of the DRI. These projects address research questions that develop throughout the year as part of discussions held between the funding agency and senior DRI staff. These projects are funded outside the primary budgetary envelope of the organization and tend to be of broader scope than the major research projects. These projects may be initiated at any time during the funding year and include national demonstration projects, such as the Early Intervention project or the Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Learning from the Youth Transition Process Demonstration Innovations project.

High Priority projects originate in response to needs for information that cannot be addressed in the normal proposal-funding process due to tight time lines. Through its high-priority research, the DRI is able to provide responses to policy questions from the agency throughout the year.

The research accessible through this website was performed pursuant to a grant from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Disability Research Institute. The opinions and conclusions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of SSA or any agency of the Federal Government.