Request for Information (RFI): Defining an Agenda to Address Research Capacity Building

Notice Number: NOT-HD-10-016

Update: The following update relating to this announcement has been issued:

Key Dates
Release Date:  May 26, 2010
Response Date: August 15, 2010

Issued by
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), (


NICHD seeks input from the broader scientific community regarding models and best practices in the development of sustainable research capacity at non-research intensive institutions of higher education with the long term goal of conducting health disparities research that will address the mission of NICHD:  “To ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes, and that all children have the chance to achieve their full potential for healthy and productive lives, free from disease or disability, and to ensure the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of all people through optimal rehabilitation”. 

This Request for Information (RFI) is for planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the United States (U.S.) Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it.  Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for its use of that information. 


The Division of Special Populations (DSP) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently completed a review of programs and initiatives that address building and sustaining research capacity. The Division of Special Populations was created to strengthen the NICHD’s commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities by addressing and eliminating health disparities through the participation of diverse populations in biomedical and behavioral research within the United States and abroad. The DSP program review was followed by a consultative meeting with representatives from the scientific community.  The goal of the meeting was to identify models of building sustainable research programs at non-research intensive institutions. These institutions can serve as a resource for addressing health disparities within their local communities and/or geographic regions. 

During the meeting the workgroup encouraged NICHD’s DSP to:

Information Requested

Challenges--Describe the challenges in establishing sustainable research programs. Some examples of challenges that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:  

Solutions-- Describe the most innovative capacity building approaches to address these as well as any other challenges listed.


Responses will be accepted until August 15, 2010 via email to NICHD’s DSP email address: NICHD_DIVERSE-L@LIST.NIH.GOV.  Please mark your responses with this RFI identifier, NOT-HD-10-016. For each response, please provide (1) brief background information, (2) define the challenge, and (3) describe the potential solution. Responses are expected to be 500 words or less for each challenge/solution.


Regina Smith James, M.D.
Director, Division of Special Populations
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health
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