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Useful Information:





Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) is fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).  It is delivered in partnership by Disability Action, Disability Rights UK, Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland.  Launched in 2015, the Programme is funded until 2020.


DRILL is led by disabled people and funds coproduced research and pilot projects to find solutions about how disabled people can live as full citizens and take part socially, economically and politically.  When everyone can participate in the world we live in, it makes sense for all.


DRILL is working towards providing evidence that will support independent living for years to come.


At the time of preparing and submitting the DRILL application to BLF in 2014, the partnership realised there would be a strong call on DRILL’s resources.  This is due to the impact of public expenditure cuts on Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), the competition for grant funding and the new nature of the Programme.


Almost £1.5million has been committed to 21 research and pilot projects across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  Information on these projects can found in the Projects section.


The 2nd Call opens on 16 May 2017 and closes on 8 August 2017.


This is the final open call for DRILL applications.  After this projects will be commissioned to fill specific gaps or focus on specific priorities identified by disabled people to make useful connections across the Programme.


Please read this guidance very carefully.  Then if you have a good idea for a research project or a pilot project that meets our criteria, we encourage you to apply.


Thank you for your interest in the DRILL Programme.

Good luck with your application!

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Dr Sally Witcher OBE                               Kevin Doherty

Chief Executive Officer                             Chief Executive Officer

Inclusion Scotland                                Disability Action


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Dr Liz Sayce OBE                                    Rhian Davies

Chief Executive Officer                          Chief Executive Officer

Disability Rights UK                          Disability Wales