Projects that will research how to help people with chronic illness speak out, tackle violence against disabled women, and judge the success of peer support initiatives are among 10 user-led schemes that have been awarded £400,000 in funding. The 10 research projects – across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – have received between £35,000 and £40,000 each to explore new ways to remove the barriers to independent living faced by disabled people. The schemes are the first part of the DRILL (Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning) programme, a £5 million research scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and delivered by Disability Rights UK (DR UK), Disability Action (in Northern Ireland), Inclusion Scotland and Disability Wales. DRILL, which has so far received more than 200 applications for funding, is believed to be the world’s first major research programme led by disabled people, and should eventually fund about 40 pieces of research and pilot projects.

Source: Funding set to help researchers DRILL down into independent living barriers | DisabledGo News and Blog