Notice of NICHD Participation in PAR-21-099, "Music and Health: Understanding And Developing Music Medicine (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)”
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

March 26, 2021

Related Announcements

PAR-21-099 - Music and Health: Understanding And Developing Music Medicine (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

Issued by

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


This Notice announces the participation of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) in PAR-21-099 "Music and Health: Understanding And Developing Music Medicine (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)”, effective immediately.

The following sections of PAR-21-099 have been modified (changes shown in bold italics) to reflect the participation of NICHD in this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA):

Part 1. Overview Information

Participating Organizations

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

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

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.853, 93.213, 93.867, 93.866, 93.286, 93.279, 93.121, 93.242, 93.361, 93.273, 93.865

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

IC and NIH Office Interest Areas and Specific Requirements:

The Trans-NIH Music and Health Working group has identified many areas of interests for their individual ICs and believe that coordinated reviews will be the best means to benefit their missions. Because applications will be assigned to participating ICs before review, it is important that applicants are able to link their proposed studies to the mission and specific requirements of the participating ICs. Applications proposing clinical trials should be within the guidelines of the NIH and the sponsoring institute. Investigators are strongly encouraged to contact the program staff (listed at the end of this FOA) for the sponsoring institute during the development of their proposal and submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a complete application. Applications that propose research outside of the specific requirements of the sponsoring institute will not be supported.

NICHD Areas of Interest

NICHD leads research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. Specific priorities can be found in the 2020 NICHD STRATEGIC PLAN.

The following research topics are considered the highest priorities for music & health applications to NICHD, although they may not be exhaustive of all topics of interest to NICHD. If you wish to submit an application focusing on a topic outside of this list, you are strongly advised to contact the named NICHD Scientific Contact for acceptance by NICHD before writing and submitting your application. Applications reviewed but deemed of lower priority to NICHD will likely not be considered for funding under this FOA.

  • Basic and/or clinical research of the mechanisms by which music might/does shape long-term developmental neurobiologic and neurophysiologic features of the brain, cognition, and behavior at any age, beginning prenatally through age of 12 yrs.
  • Clinical research to test and evaluate the benefit, dosing, and durability of music therapy and related therapeutic devices to reduce the risk for or progression of developmental disorders and/or improve the health of pregnant and lactating women including, or not, their offspring; preterm infants; children; and people with intellectual and/or physical disabilities.
  • Identify the benefits of and optimal time periods, dosing, and duration of music interventions alone or in combination with/for rehabilitation intervention(s) after critical illness or trauma/traumatic injury in children and young adults or in the context of intellectual, developmental, and/or physical disability.

All other aspects of the FOA remain unchanged.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Kathy Mann Koepke, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-435-6855

Weekly TOC for this Announcement
NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices