About the Program

Program Description

Funding for the final cohort of DDP projects ended in May 2016. You can view the DDP Final Project Report here

The Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program is a one-year $10,000 stipend program awarded to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the Disability Determination Process for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) two disability programsSupplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

The application processes for SSI and SSDI are complex, and members of the public with health problems and economic hardships often find them difficult to navigate.  The goal of this program is to improve the efficiency and reduce the complexity of the disability determination process (i.e. the process used to determine medical eligibility for SSI/SSDI).

The program is directed by Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) of Delmar, NY, and is 100% funded through a $300,000 grant from the Social Security Administration (SSA) (#IDD11000001). However, SSA has continued and expanded this effort through a new small grant program for disability research called Analyzing  Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW). Find more information here.