Researcher working with a study participant.The broad nature of the medical rehabilitation field means that no single agency or organization can do it all. NCMRR collaborates with many other government agencies and organizations to help advance medical rehabilitation research and care.

The following list includes some of the center's partners outside of NIH. For links to tools and data related to rehabilitation, visit the Research Tools and Resources page.

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  • Biological Technologies Office , Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    Through DARPA’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, NCMRR not only helps in the study of brain disorders, but also assists in the Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces project. This project aims to deliver naturalistic sensations to amputees through implantable, modular, and reconfigurable neural-interface microsystems that communicate wirelessly with prostheses.
  • Clinical and Rehabilitation Medicine Research Program , Medical Research and Materiel Command, U.S. Army Medical Department
    NCMRR’s work with this program focuses on definitive and rehabilitative care innovations required to reset our wounded warriors, both in terms of duty performance and quality of life.
  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs 
    The center works with this office on interest medical research programs, including spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.

Department of Transportation (DOT)
NCMRR collaborates with DOT on the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI), focused on removing barriers to transportation for people with visual, hearing, cognitive, and mobility disabilities. ATTRI includes support of emerging technologies and development of creative service models to offer all Americans enhanced travel choices and accessibility.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor
Through ODEP, NCMRR helps to generate and validate evidence to inform policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
This nongovernmental organization was authorized by Congress in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and aims to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help people make informed health decisions. NCMRR has worked with PCORI on research projects on muscular and skeletal disorders, neurological disorders, and trauma/injury; visit  for more information.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Among the collaborations between NCMRR and NSF is the Disability and Rehabilitation Engineering (DARE) program, which supports engineering research to will improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities. DARE’s work includes development of new technologies, devices, or software; advancement of knowledge regarding normal or pathological human motion; or understanding of injury mechanisms.

Common Data Elements (CDEs) for Lower Limb Loss Research Standards
CDEs make it easier for researchers to share, compare, and replicate findings; generalize results; and integrate data across studies. NCMRR is working with other NIH institutes and centers, as well as AHRQ, CMS, FDA, and NIDILRR within HHS, DoD, and the VA to establish and recommend two types of CDEs for lower limb loss research: Core Variables and Supplemental Variables. Using CDEs in this research can help optimize investment, accelerate and enhance understanding of those with lower limb loss, and advance a culture of scientific collaboration. Please check back for additional details about this effort.


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