Request for Information: Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure Support
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Key Dates

Release Date:

July 14, 2022

Response Date:
July 31, 2022

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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 (NICHD) National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) is inviting public comments to guide the future of rehabilitation research infrastructure support by NIH.


Since 2000, the NCMRR at NICHD, along with cofunding from several other NIH Institutes and Centers, has supported rehabilitation research infrastructure in the extramural community. The current support period ends in 2025. More information about the current infrastructure program can be found at In preparation for a concept to be presented publicly to the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR) in 2023, NCMRR is soliciting feedback from various stakeholders, including researchers, administrators, advocates, and end users of rehabilitation services, to understand the infrastructure needs of the research community. This information will be used by NIH staff as well as a working group of the NABMRR to make recommendations for goals and priorities for future research infrastructure support by NIH.

Information Requested

Specifically, the NIH requests feedback on the following:

  • The community’s perception of the value of research infrastructure support,
  • Priority goals for infrastructure support (e.g. didactic or educational support to researchers, creation of original research products, aggregation of existing data, conduct of large scale clinical trials, etc.).
  • Areas of research need to consider for future infrastructure support,
  • Priority elements to contain in future infrastructure
  • Aspects of current infrastructure centers that should be retained and continued
  • Current barriers to accessing current infrastructure centers

The feedback garnered from this request for information will be reported at the December 2022 meeting of the NABMRR.

Responses are requested by July 31, 2022.

How to Submit a Response

All comments must be submitted electronically to

Responses (no longer than 300 words in Microsoft Word or PDF format) must be received by 11:59:59 (ET) by the response date noted above. Please indicate "RFI Response" in the subject line of the email.You will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response.

Responses to this RFI are voluntary. Do not include any proprietary, classified, confidential, trade secret, or sensitive information in your response. The responses will be reviewed by NIH staff, and individual feedback will not be provided to any responder. The U.S. Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The U.S. Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public NIH websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements.

This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and shall not be construed as a solicitation, grant, or cooperative agreement, or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the NIH, or individual NIH Institutes and Centers to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. The Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the U.S. Government’s use of such information. No basis for claims against the U.S. Government shall arise as a result of a response to this request for information or from the Government’s use of such information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Theresa Cruz, PhD
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-496-9233