RELEASE DATE:  December 11, 2003


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is 
planning to publish a Request for Applications (RFA) for an institutional 
career development program (K12) focused on male reproductive health. The 
purpose of this notice is to alert potential applicants so that they may 
begin assembling their research and mentoring teams to prepare applications 
for this initiative. The objective of the planned RFA is to establish an 
institutional training program that focuses on male reproductive health. The 
goal is to increase the clinical research capacity among practitioners in the 
area of male reproductive biology and promote the translation of basic 
science advances to clinical practice. Successful applicants will accomplish 
this through a mentored program, bridging clinical training and research 
independence. NICHD anticipates funding up to four programs through this 
initiative. The requirements for each program will include a strong research 
base, an adequate number of available mentors for scholars, and evidence of 
sufficient institutional support for the program and the scholars. This 
program is modeled on similar programs sponsored by NICHD, including the 
Women's Reproductive Health Research Career Development Centers 
( and the 
Child Health Research Career Development Awards 
( Potential 
applicants are encouraged to review those RFAs for general guidance on the 
structure of a K12 program.


For further information, contact: 

Tracy Rankin, Ph.D. 
Program Director, Male Reproductive Health
Reproductive Sciences Branch 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 6100 Executive 
Boulevard, Room 8B01, MSC 7510 
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510 
Telephone: (301) 435-6979 
Fax: (301) 496-0962 

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