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Rehabilitation Research News: January 9, 2023

From the Director's Desk

Happy New Year from NCMRR! This is a double issue featuring important information from NIH and our federal partners. Please read through to the end of the newsletter.


Disability Updates from NIH

December 2022 was an active month for the disability community at NIH. Please check the links below for more information on the recommendations from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director on enhancing disability inclusion at NIH, a review of data on self-reported disability status by NIH extramural principal investigators (PIs), and best practices developed by the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program to improve accessibility of home diagnostic tests for COVID-19.

Diversity Updates from NIH

The Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office is pleased to announce the proceedings (PDF, 684.46 KB) from the May 2022 “How Does Diversity Impact Science?” Scientific Workforce Diversity Seminar Series (SWDSS) event are now available, along with the presenters’ slides and the event recording. The series proceedings capture the vibrant discussion on the evidence regarding the impact of diverse, inclusive teams on creativity, innovation, and productivity in science.

Registration is now open for the first SWDSS of 2023, “Outcomes From NASEM’s Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations (ADEI) Report,” on Thursday, February 2, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET. This seminar will feature leaders from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) interdisciplinary committeeExternal Web Site Policy discussing the report’s findings. If you have colleagues who may be interested in attending, please share this information with them.
Please visit the COSWD website for more information on the SWDSS, including proceedings from past seminars.

Changes to Peer Review 

NIH has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback on revising and simplifying the peer review framework for grant applications. The goal of this effort is to facilitate the mission of scientific peer review: identifying the strongest, highest-impact research. The proposed changes will allow peer reviewers to focus on scientific merit by evaluating the scientific impact, research rigor, and feasibility of the proposed research without the distraction of administrative questions and concerns about whether the appropriate expertise and resources are available to conduct the research, mitigating the possible undue influence of the reputation of the institution or investigator.


NSF/NIH Conference on Modeling in Neurorehabilitation

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with NIH, is pleased to announce the first Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) Conference on Transformative Opportunities for Modeling in NeurorehabilitationExternal Web Site Policy, scheduled for March 3–4, 2023. This hybrid event will be held at the University of Southern California and online. The conference will bring together leading engineers, clinicians, computational scientists, rehabilitation researchers, trainees, and client advocates to discuss the state of the science and identify transformative opportunities for computational modeling to advance neurorehabilitation.

Applications to become a DARE2023 Fellow are due on January 15, 2023. For more application instructions, please visit the application webpageExternal Web Site Policy.

Find out more about pre-conference activitiesExternal Web Site Policy planned for all participants.

Notices and Funding Opportunities

NICHD Notices and Funding Opportunities

NIH Notices and Funding Opportunities


Other Federal Funding Announcements


Food and Drug Administration 

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense programs managed by the office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) recently released fiscal year 2023 (FY23) pre-announcements, including four awards as part of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program:

  • Pilot Clinical Trial Award
  • Therapeutic Development Award
  • Clinical Biomarker Development Award
  • Therapeutic Idea Award

For more information on the types of funding opportunities offered and application strategies, please review the CDMRP Webinar Series.

Diversity Hiring Opportunities 


NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program

Northwestern University is recruiting exceptional early-career applicants in the biomedical sciences through the NIH FIRST program. Multiple tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level will be available across a broad range of scholarship in three areas:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular
  • Brain, mind, and behavior

Cluster hiring of new faculty will take place over a period of three years. Northwestern encourages applications by members of groups underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, engineering, physical, and social sciences. To review the requirements and apply to open positions, please visit Northwestern’s Nurture Program’s websiteExternal Web Site Policy.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (AART) Program 

Langston University (LU), a historically Black college/university (HBCU), has been awarded a $1 million grant by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Solutions-Focused Translational Research to Enhance Equity in Employment Outcomes and Experiences Among Multiply Marginalized Persons of Color with Disabilities. The goal of the ARRT Program, housed within the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Research and Capacity Building for Minority Entities (LU-RRTC), is to improve the capacity of minority-serving institutions (MSIs: HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, and American Indian Tribal colleges and universities) to develop and the training pipeline infrastructure for rehabilitation research. These developments will facilitate the development of emerging talent and produce MSI-based investigators who can participate in research and development aimed at improving the employment status of individuals with disabilities from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic populations and communities.

How to Apply: The review of applications will begin on February 15, 2023. Application packets must be submitted by February 15, 2023, to the attention of Dr. Corey L. Moore, LU-RRTC, 6700 N. Martin Luther King Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. For an application packet or additional information, please contact Dr. Moore at 405-530-7530 or by email at

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