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DRILL is looking to allocate another £1 million funding for research projects

23 May 2017

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

Find out more on the DRILL site

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.

DRILL has 4 overall outcomes. These are:

  • Increase our knowledge about key issues and new evidence of what works and enables us to achieve independent living and fulfil our potential
  • Disabled people are empowered and have direct influence on decisions about the policies, legislation and services which affect them
  • Disabled people experience improved wellbeing, independent living, choice and control through participating in or engaging with DRILL
  • Exert positive influence on policy making and service provision to support disabled people to achieve independent living, through the coproduction of a robust set of research findings

Each project proposal must show how it will help achieve one or more of these 4 broad programme outcomes.


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.  It makes sense for all when everyone can participate in the world we live in.

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

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