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RA: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research - FY 2006


CFDA Number: 84.133 - National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research


Program Goal: To conduct high-quality research and related activities that lead to high-quality products.

Objective 1 of 4: Advance knowledge through capacity building: Increase capacity to conduct and use high-quality and relevant disability and rehabilitation research and related activities designed to guide decision-making, change practice, and improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Indicator 1.1 of 2: The percentage of newly awarded NIDRR projects will be multisite, collaborative controlled studies of interventions and programs.
 
Measure 1.1.1 of 1: The percentage of new NIDRR projects will conduct multisite, collaborative controlled trials.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2005
 
999
2006
 
999
2015
 
10

Source: Contractor Performance Report, 1820-0642 Annual Performance Reporting Forms for NIDRR Grantees, RTI

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: December 2006

Limitations: This measure applies only to RERCs, RRTCs, Model Systems grants, and DRRPs.
 
Explanation: The FY 2005 target was to establish a baseline; however, the recompetition was postponed. Therefore the FY 2006 target is to establish the baseline. This is an output-oriented capacity building measure. The FY 2015 target is for at least 10 percent of all new projects to be multisite, collaborative controlled studies.
 
Indicator 1.2 of 2: Percentage of NIDRR-supported fellows, post-doctoral trainees, and doctoral students who publish results of NIDRR-sponsored research in refereed journals.
 
Measure 1.2.1 of 1: The percentage of NIDRR-supported fellows, postdoctoral trainees, and doctoral students who publish results of NIDRR-sponsored research in refereed journals.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
 
Fellows Post-Doc Trainees Doctoral Students
Fellows Post-Doc Trainees Doctoral Students
2005
     
999 999 999
2006
     
999 999 999

Source: Grantee Performance Report, Annual Performance Reporting Forms for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCs, DBTACs, DRRPs, Model Systems, Dissemination & Utillization Projects).

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: July 2006
NIDRR is planning to work with other ED staff to conduct an audit of publications entered into the Web-based reporting system to verify grantees' self-reports of peer-reviewed journal articles.
 
Explanation: The FY 2005 target is to establish the baseline; the FY 2006 target is baseline plus 1 percent. Data for this measure are collected for a calendar year, rather than fiscal year. The peer-reviewed status of publications is established using an accepted standard, such as the International Scientific Index (ISI). This is an output-oriented capacity building measure.
 
Objective 2 of 4: Advance knowledge through research and related activities: Generate scientific-based knowledge, technologies, and applications to inform policy, change practice, and improve outcomes.
Indicator 2.1 of 4: The number of accomplishments (e.g., new or improved tools, methods, discoveries, standards, interventions, programs, or devices) developed or tested with NIDRR funding that have been judged by expert panels to be of high quality and to advance the field.
 
Measure 2.1.1 of 1: The number of accomplishments (new or improved tools, methods, discoveries, standards, interventions, programs, or devices) developed and/or tested with NIDRR funding that have been judged by expert panels to be of high quality and to advance the field.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2006
 
999
2015
 
999

Source: Grantee Performance Report, Annual Performance Reporting Forms for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCs, DBTACs, DRRPs, Model Systems, Dissemination & Utillization Projects).

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: July 2007
 
Explanation: This FY 2006 measure is a revision of a similar prior measure and its prior year data has been preserved. The FY 2006 target is to establish a baseline at the completion of the first three-year cycle of assessments, in which a judgmentally selected sample of grantee nominated ''discoveries'' will be reviewed. Approximately 1/3 of NIDRR's grants will be reviewed annually as part of the new portfolio assessment process. This is an outcome-oriented research and development measure. The FY 2015 target is the baseline plus at least 20 percent.
 
Indicator 2.2 of 4: Percentage of grantee research and development that has appropriate study design, meets rigorous standards of scientific and/or engineering methods, and builds on and contributes to knowledge in the field.
 
Measure 2.2.1 of 1: The percentage of NIDRR-funded grant applications that receive an average peer review score of 85 or higher.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
82
 
2003
96
 
2004
89
 
2005
99
 
2006
 
85

Source: Grant Applications.
Date Sponsored: 05/27/2005.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: October 2006
 
Explanation: This FY 2006 measure is a revision of a similar prior year measure, and its prior year data were recalculated using a new methodology. This is an activity-oriented research and development measure.
 
Indicator 2.3 of 4: Average number of publications per award based on NIDRR-funded research and development activities in refereed journals.
 
Measure 2.3.1 of 1: The number of publications per award published in refereed journals.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
2.91
 
2003
3.38
8
2004
2.71
5
2005
 
5
2006
 
2

Source: Grantee Performance Report, Annual Performance Reporting Forms for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCs, DBTACs, DRRPs, Model Systems, Dissemination & Utillization Projects).

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: October 2006
 
Explanation: An accepted standard, such as the International Scientific Index (ISI) will be used to determine peer-reviewed status. Data for publications will be collected over a calendar year, instead of fiscal year. Actual performance for prior years 2002 and 2003 was recalculated in FY 2005 to correct for duplications of publications within the same award. This is an output-oriented research and development measure.
 
Indicator 2.4 of 4: Percentage of new grants that include studies funded by NIDRR that assess the effectiveness of interventions, programs, and devices using rigorous and appropriate methods.
 
Measure 2.4.1 of 1: The percentage of new grants that assess the effectiveness of interventions, programs, and devices using rigorous and appropriate methods.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2002
65
 
2003
59
 
2004
59
 
2005
49
 
2006
 
65

Source: GAPS and review of grant applications.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: October 2006
 
Explanation: Beginning in FY 2006, preliminary data reported for 2002-2005 based on staff reviews of grants abstracts will be updated with external expert assessments to ensure ''effectiveness studies'' using ''rigorous and appropriate methods.'' For FY 2005, 77 newly-funded grants contained at least 1 ''effectiveness study.'' This is an output-oriented research and development measure.
 
Objective 3 of 4: Advance knowledge through translation and dissemination: Promote the effective use of scientific-based knowledge, technologies, and applications to inform policy, improve practice, and enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Indicator 3.1 of 1: Number of new or improved assistive and universally-designed technologies, products, and devices developed and/or validated by grantees that are transferred to industry for potential commercialization.
 
Measure 3.1.1 of 1: The number of new or improved assistive and universally designed technologies, products, and devices transferred to industry for potential commercialization.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2005
 
999
2006
 
999

Source: Grantee Performance Report, Annual Performance Reporting Forms for NIDRR Grantees (RERCs, RRTCs, DBTACs, DRRPs, Model Systems, Dissemination & Utillization Projects).

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: July 2006
 
Explanation: The FY 2005 target is to establish the baseline. The FY 2006 target is baseline plus 1 percent. Data will be collected over a calendar year, rather than fiscal year. This is an outcome-oriented knowledge translation measure.
 
Objective 4 of 4: Enhance efficiency of NIDRR grant award process.
Indicator 4.1 of 1: Notification: Notification of applicants.
 
Measure 4.1.1 of 2: The percentage of competitions announced by Oct. 1.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2003
21
 
2004
23
 
2005
8
 
2006
 
25

Measure 4.1.2 of 2: The percentage of grant awards issued within 6 months of the competition closing date.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2003
70
 
2004
83
 
2005
57
 
2006
 
90

Source: GAPS and Federal Register Notice.

Frequency: Annually.

Next Data Available: October 2006
 
 


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