Notice Number: NOT-HD-18-030
Key DatesRelease Date: December 20, 2018
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to re-issue Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC). This re-competition will differ from prior competitions in that the IDDRC grants will no longer be awarded using a Cooperative Agreement mechanism. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will utilize the PM1 (Program Project or Center with Complex Structure, Clinical Trial Optional) activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.
This Notice is announcing that there will be NO competition in Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). The planned FY20 competition will serve as a combined competition for centers that would normally be competing in FY19 and FY20. The FOA is expected to be published in early Fall 2019 with an expected application due date in early 2020. The goal will be to make awards in Summer 2020.This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop responsive applications.
Research Initiative Details
The goals of the IDDRC program include the promotion of collaborative, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs that will not only provide core facilities and support for research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), but will also advance the development of therapeutics and interventions for these conditions. The priorities of the IDD Branch at NICHD are broad and include research on the etiology, pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and evaluation, prevention, and treatment or amelioration of IDD. This program will seek applications from institutions that meet the qualifications for a multi-disciplinary program of IDD research that will include: 1) Cores that facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD and its dissemination, and that support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and 2) at least one specific research project related to one of several focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD. Funds for the majority of research projects using these core facilities come from independent sources including Federal, State, and private organizations. The last FOA for this program was RFA-HD-16-013. In addition to the required elements of an Administrative and a Clinical Translational Core, each center should propose 1-4 additional Cores and a specific Research Project. A new requirement of the Administrative Core will be to incorporate a dissemination and implementation plan into the proposal to ensure timely and appropriate information about research discoveries to a diverse audience of other scientists, educators, policy makers, the government, and the public, including those with IDD conditions and their families. Data sharing is an expectation of any successful application. In addition, recipients of IDDRC awards will become part of a national program in IDD research and will be expected to participate in activities that span across the individual IDDRCs, including monthly leadership calls, shared and coordinated activities and projects when appropriate, and an annual meeting of the IDDRC Directors and NICHD program staff.
Applications must include at least one specific Research Project that has not been previously funded and addresses one or more of the focus themes identified as an area of research need. The project can address a broad array of IDD, including new, recently characterized, or under-researched areas such as comorbid mental health conditions in IDD. The focus areas are as follows, in no order of priority:
Estimated Total Funding TBD
Expected Number of Awards TBD
Estimated Award Ceiling $1.3 M total costs/center/year
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.865
Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Please direct all inquiries to:
Melissa Parisi, MD, PhD
Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)