Disability Research Consortium
A cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration
To foster the development of new disability researchers and to ensure that disability policy research conducted now and in the future is rigorous and expands the evidence base guiding policy reforms, the Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP), through the Disability Research Consortium (DRC) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), funds disability policy scholars as they undertake policy-relevant studies within the DRC’s core research themes.
The University of Illinois at Chicago, in collaboration with CSDP, has awarded funding to researchers through the following programs:
Disability Policy Research Dissertation Scholars Program allows outstanding doctoral students to leverage or supplement their ongoing research so that they may address a question or topic directly relevant to disability policy that links current SSA disability program issues and those relevant to other federal programs used extensively by people with disabilities, including Medicare and Medicaid; the Rehabilitation Services Administration; Veterans Administration Disability Programs; and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps), among others.
Disability Policy Research Emerging Investigator Award Program provides financial support to junior faculty who are recipients of PhD or equivalent degrees within the past 5 years to conduct disability research projects lasting no longer than twelve months. The program’s focus is on investigators who can further develop their lines of disability policy research or leverage existing work with large data sets and advanced data analytic skills for use in this area for the first time.
Disability Policy Research Summer Scholars Program allows outstanding graduate students or individuals awarded doctoral degrees within the past two years in the social and behavioral sciences, health sciences, policy and government, and/or related disciplines to leverage or supplement their ongoing research so that they may address a question or topic directly relevant to disability policy.
Read more about the grantees and their research.