The Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering program is part of the Engineering Biology and Health cluster, which also includes 1) Biophotonics; 2) Biosensing; 3) Cellular and Biochemical Engineering; and 4) Engineering of Biomedical Systems.
The Disability andRehabilitation Engineering program
supports fundamental engineering research that will improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities through:
development of new technologies, devices, or software; advancement of knowledge regarding normal or pathological human motion; or understanding of injury mechanisms.
Research may be supported that is directed toward the characterization, restoration, rehabilitation, and/or substitution of human functional ability or cognition, or to the interaction between persons with disabilities and their environment.
Areas of particular interest are neuroengineering and rehabilitation robotics.
The program will also consider research in the areas of:
new engineering approaches to understand normal or pathological motion, both as a target for rehabilitation and as a means to characterize motion related to disability or injury; or understanding injury at the tissue or system-level such that interventions may be developed to reduce the impact of trauma and subsequent disability.
Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering knowledge that facilitates transformative outcomes.
We discourage applications that propose incremental improvements.
Innovative proposals outside of the above specific interest areas may be considered.
However, prior to submission, it is recommended that the PI contact the Program Director to avoid the possibility of the proposal being returned without review.
NSF does not support clinical trials; however, feasibility studies involving human volunteers may be supported if appropriate to the project objectives.
The duration of unsolicited awards generally is one to three years.
The typical award size is approximately $100,000 per year, with allowance of up to $130,000 or $200,000 per year for multidisciplinary collaborative projects or those involving investigators from multiple institutions, respectively.
Proposals requesting a substantially higher amount than this, without prior consultation with the Program Director, may be returned without review.
INFORMATION COMMON TO MOST CBET PROGRAMS Proposals should address the novelty and/orpotentially transformative natureof the proposed work compared to previous work in the field.
Also, it is important to address why the proposed work is important in terms of engineering science, as well as to also project the potential impact of success in the research on society and/or industry.
The novelty or potentially transformative nature of the research should be included, as a minimum, in the Project Summary of each proposal.
Faculty Early Career Development(CAREER)program proposals are strongly encouraged.
Award duration is five years.
The submission deadline for Engineering CAREER proposals is in July every year.
Please see the CAREER URLherefor more information.
Proposals for Conferences, Workshops, and Supplements:
PIs are strongly encouraged to discuss their requests with the Program Director before submission of the proposal.
Grants forRapid Response Research(RAPID)andEArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research(EAGER)are also considered when appropriate.
Please note that proposals of these types must be discussed with the program director before submission.
Further details are available in theProposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide(PAPPG)download foundhere.Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)proposals that integrate fundamental research with translational results and are consistent with the application areas of interest to each program are also encouraged.
Please note that GOALI proposals must be submitted during the annual unsolicited proposal window for each program.
More information on GOALI can be foundhere.
Proposals which are not compliant with theProposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG)will be returned without review.
Unsolicited proposals received outside of the Announced Proposal Window dates will be returned without review.