The Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) program, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), supports innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational, and other services designed to meet the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury. NIDILRR awards SCI Model System grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care; these institutions provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services from the point of injury through eventual re-entry into full community life. Grants are awarded in five-year cycles (the current cycle is 2011-2016).
Each SCI Model System contributes to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), participates in independent and collaborative research, and provides information and resources to individuals with SCI; their families, caregivers, and friends; health care professionals; and the general public.
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