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C-STAR Programs at the Academy

Education is central to Advancing Human Ability — learning, teaching, disseminating what we learn.

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Apply for Pilot Project Funding

C-STAR will fund at least four projects a year that have the potential for significant clinical impact and lead to successful grant applications to NIH and other national funding agencies. Learn more about applying.

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Mentorship Funding

Mentorship Funding

Next application cycle opening in December 2023. Our program provides junior faculty and early-career rehabilitation researchers with mentoring and career advancement guidance from senior scientists and clinicians at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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C-STAR Collaborative Opportunities

Consult with our Experts

Researchers and clinicians are invited to join our hands-on learning and mentoring program, IdeaLab.

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C-STAR Chicago

About C-STAR

Connecting researchers with the right tools to develop technology to accurately assess outcomes in the field of rehabilitation science

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RMD data

Explore Data Sharing

Access benchmark data from a wide range of diagnostic conditions, as well as resources from the Rehabilitation Measures Database.

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The relationships that have formed along the way with my mentorship group have created a great environment to learn, grow, and improve on my path towards research independence.

Tanner Thorsen, Ph.D, 2022 Mentee

Meet the Mentees

Hear from the 2022 mentees on how they benefitted from their partnership with C-STAR.


Congratulations to our 2022 Pilot Project Awardees!

Each year projects are selected to receive funding as part of the C-STAR Pilot Project Program. Projects are chosen based on the quality of their research design and innovation, potential impact on patient care, alignment with C-STAR’s mission to advance technology in rehabilitation, and ability of the research team to lead efforts toward securing extramural funding. 

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2022 Awardees



Our center brings together a rich intellectual community of the best engineers, scientists, clinicians and community research experts.

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MR3 Network

C-STAR is a research center within the Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network (MR3), and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (Grant #P2C HD101899) supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).







The Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real World Outcomes (C-STAR) is a research initiative of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the United States, in collaboration with Northwestern University. Learn more at