Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource (R24)

Notice Number: NOT-HD-14-022

Key Dates
Release Date: August 6, 2014
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: September 2014
First Estimated Application Due Date: December 2014
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 2015
Earliest Estimated Start Date: August 2015

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


The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, in continued collaboration with other NIH Institutes, intend to support a national network of research infrastructure in medical rehabilitation. The aim of this FOA is to solicit applications for research cores that provide access to cutting-edge expertise in biomedical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial domains that are particularly relevant to medical rehabilitation research.  Applicants should propose a program of research resources and collaborative opportunities in a specific content area.  Within the context of rehabilitation research, NICHD is specifically seeking to establish centers in each of the following domains: clinical trial design; applied behavior to promote therapeutic interventions, exercise, and health; engineering and environmental support; and, personalized medicine.  In addition, NICHD is open to supporting centers in other relevant research domains provided that the applicants can justify that the proposed expertise is unique and "teachable", and has potential for promoting medical rehabilitation research and improving outcomes for people with disabilities. NICHD also welcomes renewal applications from currently-funded rehabilitation infrastructure networks that are continuing to evolve and meet the needs of the rehabilitation research community.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and resources. Applications may include secondary collaborations with other institutions. 

The FOA is expected to be published in Fall 2014 with an expected application due date in Winter 2014.

This FOA will utilize the R24 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators with expertise and insights into the broad area of Medical Rehabilitation Research sufficient time to develop applications in response to this new FOA. NICHD encourages collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, engineering, and/or psychosocial researchers. Aside from more traditional rehabilitation approaches, NICHD especially encourages support for clinical trial design, applied behavior, engineering and the environment, and personalized medicine in order to promote functional improvement, rehabilitation, and participation for people with disabilities.

Each applicant must propose a program of didactic interactions (e.g., workshops, courses, written material, and websites), opportunities for consultations and on-site collaborations, and strategy for pilot funding.  In addition, the research cores may support intramural activities related to technique development, adaptation, and validation.  It is up to the applicant to justify the relevance of their proposed research domain and provide evidence of access to appropriate expertise and unique, cutting-edge research support.



Please direct all inquiries to:

Ralph M. Nitkin, PhD
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-402-4206
Email: RN21E@NIH.GOV