Interventional Cooperative Agreement Program (ICAP)

ICAP allows SSA to enter into cooperative agreements to collaborate with States, foundations, and other non-federal groups and organizations who have the interest and ability to identify, operate, and evaluate interventional research related to the Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. SSA's demonstration authority for ICAP is derived from Section 1110 [42 U.S.C. § 1310] of the Social Security Act. ICAP is an ongoing program that will request new applications for award on a regular basis.

The research and interventions under this program will target:

  • Eliminating the structural barriers for people with disabilities in the labor market, particularly for people of color and other underserved communities, that increase the likelihood of people receiving or applying for DI or SSI benefits;
  • Increasing employment and self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, including people of color and underserved communities (whether beneficiaries, applicants, or potential applicants of the DI or SSI programs);
  • Coordinating planning between private and public human services agencies to improve the administration and effectiveness of the DI, SSI, and related programs;
  • Assisting claimants in underserved communities to apply for or appeal decisions on claims for DI and SSI benefits; and
  • Conducting outreach to people with disabilities who are potentially eligible to receive SSI.

We are now accepting applications for ICAP Round 3 on! Please check it out HERE!

  • The deadline to submit an application is  11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2023.
  • You can find answers to questions we have received about the ICAP RFA and applications HERE .
  • If you were not able to attend one of our Information Sessions for potential applicants, please check out the slides from the presentation: ICAP Round 3 Info Session PPT slides_for web page.pptx.

Find out more about ICAP's 2022 Projects.

Find out more about ICAP's 2021 Projects.