Overview of the Programme

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Overview of the programme

Over the four years of the programme we will try to spread the awards we make across:

  • Different themes and subjects
  • Different groups of disabled people. For example, groups might be defined by characteristics like age, ethnicity or type of impairment or health condition
  • Different nations


But it will be even more important to ensure that the research projects we fund are of high quality and that they are about the things that matter most to disabled people.

The programme overall has to meet the following outcomes:

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

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


We are living in a world that is changing very fast. For example, inequality in income and wealth is growing. New technology is changing the way we work and the way we communicate with each other. There are more older people and more people living alone. People of different generations sometimes have different attitudes.

The purpose of the DRILL programme is to deliver better outcomes for disabled people and make real and lasting change. DRILL wants to help develop evidence that will support independent living for years to come.


What we’ve done so far


Over the last six months we have held roadshows across the UK. The purpose of these roadshows was to:


  • Tell disabled people about DRILL
  • Find out about disabled people’s priorities for research and pilot projects
  • Put disabled people and academic researchers in touch with each other to help them identify partners to work with.


You can see the reports on all the roadshows in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on our web-site: www.drilluk.org.uk

Alternatively, if you would like a paper copy, or a copy in a particular format, please contact your Programme Officer.


We have put in place the National Advisory Groups (NAGs for short). There is one for each nation. Each will look at research proposals from their nation and make recommendations on what to fund. We have also put in place the Central Research Committee (CRC for short). The CRC will make the final decisions on what to fund. The majority of the members on each of the NAGs and the CRC are disabled people. You can find out more about them by going to the DRILL web-site: www.drilluk.org.uk or by asking your Programme Officer.


The four partner organisations responsible for running the DRILL research programme are also going to carry out some UK-wide research over the 4 years that the programme will run. This will be about attitudes and behaviours around disabled people and disability. You can find out more about this in Annex 2.