Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model System, sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR),  Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports innovative projects and research in the delivery, demonstration, and evaluation of medical, rehabilitation, vocational and other services to meet the needs of individuals with SCI. 

NIDILRR awards SCI Model Systems Center grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services, from the point of injury through rehabilitation and re-entry into full community life. Grants are awarded in five-year cycles, the current cycle is 2016-2021.

Each SCI Model Systems Center contributes to the SCI Model Systems Data Center, participates in independent and collaborative research, and provides information and resources to individuals with SCI, their family and care givers, health care professionals and the general public.


University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL


Southern California Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, CA


The Rocky Mountain Regional Spinal Injury System
Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO


South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System
University of Miami, Miami, FL


Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System
Shepherd Center, Inc., Atlanta, GA


Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System (MRSCIS)
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury
Rehabilitation Hospital/New England Regional SCI, Boston, MA

New Jersey

Northern New Jersey Spinal Cord Injury System
Kessler Foundation Research Center, West Orange, NJ

New York

Mount Sinai Hospital Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY


Central Ohio Regional Model System
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System
Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH


Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury
UMPC Rehabilitation Institute, Pittsburgh, PA


Texas Model Spinal Cord Injury System at TIRR
Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX